The tech giant ‘Google’ recently made a number of major announcements about its Chromebook program at the ‘Bett’ education technology conference in London. In addition to unveil that there are now over 20 million teachers and students that use Chromebooks at least weekly and that there are now over 70 million G Suite for education users. The company also demoed two new convertible Chromebooks with amazing features such as stylus support, USB-C charging and world-facing cameras, the Asus Chromebook C213 and Acer Chromebook Spin 11.
Additionally, the company also announced that it will soon give admins full control over the Android apps that run on the Chromebooks they give to students and that Adobe is launching a new suite of its creative apps for Android that are now optimized for Chromebooks. The popularity obvious: Chromebooks and the G Suite for Education are obviously a massive success for Google, and the company is working with its hardware partners to make them even more attractive for schools. Google’s director of product management for Android and Chrome for Education and Enterprise Rajen Sheth noted during a press event ahead of today’s announcement that the company paid attention to the feedback it was getting from teachers. The one request it continuously received was that teachers were looking for a single, sturdy device that combined the advantages of tablets and a laptop with a full keyboard.
Features- One feature of the new devices specifically stressed by Sheth is their world-facing camera. Once you flip the keyboard on a traditional convertible back to use it as a laptop, all you get is a user-facing camera, after all. That makes it hard to use the camera as a microscope in a science class, for example. These new laptops, however, now feature a second camera that sits at the top of the keyboard. That’s a pretty straightforward solution that opens up a whole range of new use cases for these Chromebooks in schools.