Chrome Show: Why Chromebooks became the teacher’s pet in 2014

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Chromebooks are taking the K – 12 market by storm for several reasons. Cost has much to do with it, which is why Microsoft is working with hardware partners to produce $199 laptops. Ease of use, fast deployment and simple maintenance are also good reasons; yes, Chrome OS provides a limited experience by comparison, but for some, it meets expectations and needs.

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Hosts: Janko Roettgers and Kevin C. Tofel

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