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Nathaniel Lindley (@thanlindley) joins Jim Collison  https://twitter.com/jcollison and and Mike Wieger from http://2980network.com/ for show #271 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of http://thegeeksnetwork.com community.

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Mason (14 year old) thoughts – at school. Good for writing papers and written work for the teacher. They use Google classroom at school which creates folder structures to turn in work, they don’t need to print and never documents. Like that the work is the same at school and at home even on different devices. Mobile and battery is great. Printing works via cloudprint at home.  Not sure about school…

School benefits.

Online testing!, mobile labs, small groups, 1-1, second laptop for teachers, cloud managed, easy restore, kiosk mode, video conferencing,

Garner Sales report May 2015  http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3058517

Predicted to hit nearly 8 million units worldwide in 2016.

“”Chrome is the clear US market leader now with over 50% of the K-12 OS market share,”Futuresource says.” – Dec. 2015

http://www.futuresource-consulting.com/2015-12-K-12-Google-Chromebooks-2983.html

My district breakdown:  iOS devices – 1400, Chromebooks 6050 (more personally owned), 2170 Windows

Not sure about Consumer market, but makes good home second screen.  Great for kids, except Minecraft. :(, Android market potential.

Many current models:  https://www.google.com/chromebook/find/

Chromebook, Flip model, ChromeBox, ChromeBit, ChromeBase

Wirecutter report: http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-chromebook/

New gadgets!

TP-Link Powerline WiFi extender for detached garage.  TL-WPA4220KIT  http://amzn.to/2ajZFaA

$58

Choetech cell phone holder for car Adjustable Width Universal Bicycle Bike Mobile Phone Mount/Holder with 360 Degree Rotation and Rubber Strap

http://goo.gl/MUrYxn  $11

Power button door lock – Yale Real Living Keyless Push Button Deadbolt with Z-Wave http://amzn.to/2ayuZ2k  $150

 


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