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Moore County schools receive 200 new Chromebooks

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Moore County schools are getting a technology upgrade.

At Monday’s Metro Moore County School Board meeting, Director of Schools Chad Moorehead reported that the county school system has received a state grant which was used to purchase “new technology.”

12-11-13 Google ChromebookMoorehead said that while the school system did receive state money, part of the state’s requirement was that monies used were to purchase new equipment or “new machines.” In the past, the school system has purchased refurbished computers. That was not an option with this particular grant.

“We were able to purchase 200 Chromebooks,” Moorehead told the board. “It runs Google Apps.”

Each of the board members present were given a Chromebook to examine during the meeting. The new devices are small and light. At just 2.5 pounds and 0.8 inches thick, it is one of the lightest and thinnest laptops on the market. It has no fan and or other moving parts — just like a smartphone or tablet.

One of its key features, however, is that it has a keyboard, which will allow teachers and students to do their work more efficiently. It’s essentially an additional computer, without the hard drive.

The tablet-type machines require a local Internet connection in order to function. Teachers and students are able to save work to an outsource, or Internet location, which can then be accessed from any location with their secure password. They must have an Internet connection and they must have a Google Chrome account.

Moorehead said he hopes to deploy the devices — 100 at each school — after Jan. 1. He added that he already uses a similar device/system.

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