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Are Chromebooks Right for Your School?

Chromebooks are cloud-based productivity tools that deliver a simple, streamlined education experience. Meanwhile, teachers and IT administrators can monitor progress, streamline communications while simplifying deployment, management, and security. But with more and more Chromebooks on the market, it’s becoming harder for school systems and schools to choose the right one. Here are some of the features to look for when considering Chromebooks for your school or district.

Chromebooks can be a good choice for many schools, especially those with tighter budget contraints. If you're considering Chromebooks for your students, here are some critical things to factor into your decision. Chromebooks offer:

  • Instant-on access
  • A primarily cloud-based solution
  • Easy collaboration
  • Easy access to homework
  • A variety of apps
  • All school-day battery life
  • Full keyboards
  • Simple IT management
  • Automatic updates
  • An affordable solution

Budget Priced, Intel-based Chromebooks

There are many budget-friendly Chromebooks on the market today, but how do they compare in performance? Research has consistently shown the advantages of budget-priced Chromebooks powered by Intel processors.


Intel Celeron vs. Rockchip

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Dell Chromebook 11 vs. Asus Chromebook C201

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Why Intel®-based Chromebooks* for Education?

Today's students want fast, responsive devices with long battery life. They want to pick up their device, get going right away, and move from one thing to another quickly and easily. As more Chromebook models enter the market, it's becoming harder for schools to choose the right one. Research from Principled Technologies has consistently shown the advantages of Chromebooks powered by Intel processors.  

Dell Chromebook 11 with Intel Core® i3

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Dell Chromebook 11 with Intel Celeron®

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HP Chromebook 14 G1 with Intel® Inside

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HP Chromebook 14 with Intel® Inside

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Intel® Inside

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Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook with Intel® Inside

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Dell Chromebook 11 with Intel® Inside

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Intel-based Chromebooks are a great choice for a growing number of schools. These videos show you why:

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Innovation and Smart Planning Make for a Successful 1:1 in New Caney, TX

New Caney ISD managed to deploy nearly 11,000 Intel-based Dell Chromebooks, in grades 3-12, within a few months, thanks to careful planning, early and ongoing professional development, student input, and effective allocation of resources.

The Evolution of 1:1 in Three Maine Districts

15 years later, the statewide MLTI program, the first of its kind in the nation, is still going strong, although with a broader range of choices – including Windows and Chrome-based hardware. 

Redefining Learning in Maine Township, Illinois

Teacher-led professional development, a student “genius desk,” a 1:1 initiative featuring Dell Chromebooks, and oodles of collaboration all characterize High School District 207’s transformative approach.

Small Pilots Lead to a Successful 1:1 Program in Hillsborough, NJ

Four years ago, when the Hillsborough Township Public Schools started discussing 1:1, they were determined to take a careful and thorough approach to hardware planning. Their decision to adopt Chromebooks and Android tablets grew out of three years of pilots involving a variety of devices.

1Two1 in Richland County School District Two

Thoughtful planning and organization, a focus on equity, and choosing the right device were keys to a successful 1:1 for this South Carolina district.

Goodbye, Textbooks; Hello, Tech

Vail School District in Arizona embraces the digital life with its Beyond Textbooks initiative, now in its sixth year.

Planning and Rebuilding with Help from HP Chromebooks

Brick Township Public School District, in Ocean County, NJ, has built a thriving program where student learning comes first. In the wake of a devastating hurricane, teachers, leaders and tech personnel worked as a team to plan and implement their most recent educational technology initiative. Intel-powered HP Chromebooks are a key component of this student-centered middle school program.

BYO, Chromebooks and Innovative Learning in Southeast Texas

A robust wireless infrastructure, Google Apps for Education, student-owned devices, and Acer Chromebooks are the perfect backdrop for innovative classroom learning in Dayton ISD.

A 1:1 Inquiry-Based High School Shares Its Vision

Thanks to a new partnership with Dell, Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy will be rolling out Chromebooks to all of its students and teachers as a tool to allow inquiry-driven, project-based learning to happen, and serve as a model for other schools in the country. 

Going 1:1 with Chromebooks in North Carolina

Google Apps for Education and other cloud-based resources are crucial to learning in North Carolina’s Union County Public Schools, so it’s not surprising that the district chose to place rugged Lenovo Chromebooks in the hands of all students in grades 6-12

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Marrying Intel-Powered Chromebooks and BYOD for Equitable Access, Engagement and Learning

HP Chromebooks with Intel® processors and chipsets have helped California’s Fairfield-Suisun USD solve access and networking issues.

Reasons Why 94% of U.S. Superintendents are Making Technology Mistakes

When superintendents undertake 1:1 initiatives, they surely hope for the best results. However, many find themselves faced with failed initiatives. View Elliot Levine's post on reasons for these failures and ways to avoid them. 

21st Century Learning at Richland 2

Richland County School District Two is located in South Carolina with a population of just over 27,000 students. They are about 48% free and reduced lunch. To equip their students to be 21st century learners, they put Lenovo Chromebooks powered by Intel® in the hands of all 3-12 grade students. Watch the video below to see why they chose an Intel®-based Chromebook for their students. 

One District’s Search for the Next-Gen device

What are the critical considerations in choosing devices for one-to-one classroom? Hear about how one district explores essential questions when deciding next steps. 

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Chromebooks Power 21st Century Learning at Richland Two

This month, we shine the light on South Carolina's Richland Two school district where Chromebook devices with Intel® processors increase student achievement, stretch budget dollars, and simplify device management.

Choosing Between iPads and Chromebooks

Is education's honeymoon with the iPad over? According to a recent article by the Hechinger Report, summarizing a New Jersey pilot comparing Chromebooks with iPads, it certainly looks like it.

We Started a School!

Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia continues on the path of innovative student learning in the digital age by launching a second school. Learn about the process and mission for the new addition to the SLA.

Assessing the Capabilities of Touch-based Devices in the Classroom

Do the tablets that you’re considering for your students support the full range of web content and technologies that they’ll need to succeed in school?

The Choice is Yours: Selecting Intel-Based Chromebooks to Support Teaching and Learning

This webinar, the second in a series of two, looks at decisions districts have made to invest in Intel-based Chromebooks -- along with the benefits and challenges of taking this road.

Chromebooks in the Classroom: A Comparison

Principled Technologies put two different Chromebooks through several learning scenarios that included tasks such as watching a Khan Academy video and taking notes. Read how the two measured up.

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Chromebooks at the Science Leadership Academy

See why Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy switched to Intel-based Chromebooks from Dell

Making Space for Active Learning

Learning can happen anywhere, but learning may happen better with the right classroom design.

Why Intel-Based Chromebooks?

Intel-based Chromebooks are a great choice for a growing number of schools. These videos show you why.

eBook: Learning With Intel-Powered Chromebooks

Offering an affordable, instant-on solution with long battery life and easy management tools, Chromebooks are rapidly gaining popularity in today's schools. This eBook describes how -- and why -- five districts have tapped into the power of these cloud-based devices as teaching tools.

Chromebook Q&A

A question and answer discussion from a webinar on Chromebooks in education.

Intel-Based Chromebooks in Education

This webinar looks at two districts that are doing great things with Intel-based Chromebooks in the classroom  and examines the ins and outs of picking a Chromebook model that is right for your school or district.

Dell and the Science Leadership Academy Team up to Support Excellence

Philadelphia's Science Leadership Academy (SLA) and The Franklin Institute have announced a partnership with Dell to form a new “Center of Excellence in Learning.” 

What Standards Mean for College and Career Readiness

Learn how Common Core requirements and assessments help students learn skills needed in higher education and the global workplace.


Introducing the New Get Active Guidebook

The adoption of active learning techniques means discarding the traditional notion of what a “classroom” is and developing a new type of contemporary learning space: one that is more flexible, agile adaptive and equipped with technology to both personalize and expand conditions for learning.

The comprehensive research, real-world examples, insights and exercises contained within the pages of Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success provide that crucial first step for any educator or administrator looking to support today’s learners with active learning concepts that will best prepare them for tomorrow’s world.