Is the Chromebook a primary device or a secondary device?
I’m at Day 10 and I have found that my use of the Chromebook has evolved a bit. I was wrong in thinking that I could completely end the use of my MacBook. I do too much on the MacBook to simply walk away for 30 days. I have noticed that I have no inclination to take the MacBook home with me at night. I use it sparingly for work tasks. The Chromebook goes everywhere with me. I take it to classrooms during the work day and I take it home at night to use for Twitter, Facebook, and my blog. We even had some fun with it last night using the Webcam Toy app.
I’m not convinced that the Chromebook is the device yet but I have really enjoyed using it. Last night I used it for two different Twitter chats (#gaed and #byotchat) and to learn Ruby on Code Academy. No problems at all. The device is so light that I had it balancing on my knee while drinking coffee and reading the chats.
I had a similar experience with my iPad awhile back. I even took a picture that I posted on Twitter of my setup at the kitchen table. I had just bought a keyboard for the iPad and I could do just about everything I needed on the one device. Just about.
As we continue to test different devices for our 1:1 program we need to define what we want these devices to do, not just today, but 3 years down the road. If the device will only be for web research and writing than a $250 Chromebook is the right device. Another big question is whether the diversity of the iPad (apps, touchscreen) are worth the spending an extra $200 for the iPad. What I don’t want us to do is spend too much time worrying about cost and choose a device that is the wrong device.