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Cleona Mccann

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Nov 17, 2021, 8:02:35 AM11/17/21
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Hello all, 

I've noticed the feature to convert writing to text is no longer available on the whiteboard app. I'm lost without it. Has anyone any suggestions of alternatives or a way to get it back? 

Thanks
Cleo 

John Heffernan

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Nov 18, 2021, 8:16:44 AM11/18/21
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Ann-Marie Lavery

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Nov 18, 2021, 9:40:05 AM11/18/21
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Hi a chairde!

I am looking for some advice - Laptop vs Cromebook for Santa to bring to primary school aged children.
Some parents have been asking what would be of most use to the children now - but also as they move to secondary school in the coming years. 
Does anyone have any insight?

Le meas,
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Tony Mcgennis

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Nov 18, 2021, 9:41:42 AM11/18/21
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Laptop

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Paul Molamphy

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Nov 18, 2021, 10:00:52 AM11/18/21
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Chromebook for ease of use for Primary age kids In my opinion. 

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Roisin Beaver

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Nov 18, 2021, 1:05:47 PM11/18/21
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I second laptop. More functionality/possibilities.

 

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Róisín

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Sheila Jennings

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Nov 18, 2021, 1:13:28 PM11/18/21
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….I agree with Roisín, many more possibilities with laptop. My pupils always choose laptop over chromebook for daily classroom use. 
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G P Ashe

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Nov 18, 2021, 2:35:33 PM11/18/21
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From a management perspective Chromebook without a doubt

Paul de Lacy

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Nov 19, 2021, 8:23:31 AM11/19/21
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Hi,

Is budget an issue?

If so then getting a Chromebook that will last the test of time (provided it has a long auto update expiry date.  See https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/6220366?hl=en for more on the longevity of every Chromebook model) would be a more reasonable expense.  Of course you can also get touchscreen flip top Chromebooks which add a lot of flexibility/useability. 

As an aside: Sheila:  I would be interested in hearing more about the flexibility you see offered by MS Windows laptops at primary.  We recently gratefully received a donation of Windows laptops (Thanks CESI list!).  Most of them will be converted to Chromebooks with Neverware Cloudready as they are older/slower but two of them are newer and more powerful and I'm considering keeping them as Windows 10 devices - should I and why?

Back to the OP - If the local secondary school is a Google Workspace (G-Suite) school then a Chromebook potentially fits in very well.  If it is an ETB secondary school they are most likely to be Windows/Microsoft focused.  So horses for courses perhaps.  One proviso - reasonable internet is essential for Chromebooks or else larger onboard storage would be required than is provided in most standard models.

As can be seen from Simon's recent post, Chromebooks are coming closer to being suitable for full-time teacher use so they are certainly catching up.

My own feeling is that a higher end Chromebook would be better than an equivalently priced laptop in terms of longevity.

All the best

Paul

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Sheila Jennings

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Nov 19, 2021, 11:10:05 AM11/19/21
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Hi Paul,

It’s down to personal preference mainly for us but off the top of my head, maybe some reasons why:-

A more friendly user interface.
Not being 100% dependent on an internet connection. 
Ease of configuration to printers.
Ability to install software and download offline editors.
My chrome books don’t have USB ports, so connection of external devices is not an option. 
There are old yet effective teaching resources/aids that require CD/DVD installation of software. 

Also good in my opinion to expose young people to choice of devices so that they can make informed decisions around preference of devices for their own personal needs.  

That said, chrome books are an affordable option with all Google apps for education to hand. However, I don’t think any one device fits it all. I think there’s a worthy place for both Apple and Windows platforms in any classroom not to mention Raspberry Pis.

Best wishes,
Sheila



Paul de Lacy

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Nov 22, 2021, 5:41:14 AM11/22/21
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Thanks Sheila,

I 100% agree on the benefits of exposing our pupils to a variety of operating systems/platforms.  For that reason I think I will keep a couple of the laptops as MS devices.  And, as you say, it will allow us to install/use some older software as necessary.

All the best

Paul

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Dec 2, 2021, 9:50:45 AM12/2/21
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Hello Sheila,

Geuinely curious what model Chromebooks you have that don't have USB ports? I wasn't aware any every shipped without at least a USB C or A port?

Sheila Jennings

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Dec 2, 2021, 1:23:48 PM12/2/21
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Hello…, you’re right, it does have one but it doesn’t work.  Apologies, should’ve said  “working usb port”
Sheila

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