- Purchased two of each new model as soon as it became available.
- A few administrators and I used the new devices for a couple weeks.
- Two of our Tech Support Intern students used the new Chromebooks as their primary devices for 7-10 days and wrote up a review that I posted on my blog (HP 11, HP 14, Acer C720, Acer C720P, Dell 11, and Toshiba 13). FYI... Our Tech Support Intern class acts as the Level 1 support for all tech-related issues in our district, including the repair of Chromebooks. Here are their websites: East Leyden TSI and West Leyden TSI.
- My tech department team then disassembled and reassembled each device and took notes about the support of each device.
- Our Tech Support Intern classes were then asked to disassemble and reassemble the devices and provide feedback through a Google Form.
- My team read as many reviews about each model as possible.
- My team spoke with all the vendors and asked them lots of questions.
- We analyzed all the information.
|Dell 11||Acer C720|
Note: The Dell 11 is no longer that much more than the Acer C720. Contact your rep.
|Ease of Repairs|
The Acer support seemed very good. One of the reasons we gave the edge to Dell is because we have been using their support system for years and have been very pleased with it.
In the end, especially after some very aggressive pricing provided by our Dell rep, we have decided to select the 4GB Dell 11 as our Chromebook for the 2014-2015 school year. Earlier tonight, I made a final presentation to the Leyden Board of Education and they agreed to move forward with the purchase and refresh our entire fleet of 3,400 Chromebooks for next year!
The tech-infused culture of teaching and learning in Leyden High School Distirct 212 marches on!
If you'd like to learn more about what we are doing here at Leyden, please consider joining us for our 1:1 Summer Symposium from July 31 - August 1, 2014.