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Apple steps up competition with Google in classrooms

Two of the largest mass producers of electronics are going toe to toe to compete for ‘best ebook’ within classrooms.

Steve Job’s multinational electronics company, Apple, has recently lowered its prices on its newest version of the iPad. This price is comparatively cheaper to the Google Chromebook, which is Apple’s largest competitor. Apple has gone as far as to change its advertising tactics to appeal to a younger audience.

Although both products have their pros and cons with their products, which of the two is more common in classroom learning? Shockingly enough, the Chromebook is the most integrated technology within middle school classrooms. This is in competition with Apple computers and iPads, and other computer software such as Dell and HP.

Michele Harris, a fifth-grade teacher at Lake Country Elementary school, has been using Chromebooks to teach her students.

“The Chromebooks really help my students stay engaged in the classroom because they are super interactive,” Harris said. “They even ask me to add things to our Google classroom so they can look at them at home.”

Google classroom is an additional feature to Chromebooks that allows for teachers to organize lesson plans, share videos, and assignments between the class, and allows for easy communication outside of class.  In comparison, the new Apple iPad will allow for more interactive programs within each area of required education.

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Dean Hager of Jamf told CNBC in an article one major difference between the iPad and the Chromebook.

“Chromebooks could be suited for looking up information for research or for word-processing, while iPads might be more useful for activities where students are moving, drawing, taking pictures or playing games,” Hager said.

Harris said the applications on Chromebooks are equally as useful as ones on the iPad. Harris uses applications such as Nearpod, which allows for her students to read along with her PowerPoint lessons along with exploring 3-D activities.

She also uses Kami and Flipgrid so her students are able to use images and video recordings to solve and explain problem-solving. Especially since it is around testing time, Harris plans to use these tools more.

Florida Southern College sophomore Shea Ireland claims his younger sister is using iPads in her classes.

“My sister is in high school, and they have to get their books online as eBooks,” Ireland said. “I hope she doesn’t break her textbook charger.”

Using eBooks and iPads is the new form of learning and engaging in classrooms. What was once a joke referring to futuristic expectations is now a real achievement.

“I hope to continue learning how to use the Chromebooks effectively in the classroom,” Harris said. “I want to make learning as fun as possible for my students.”

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