What is a chromebook?

 Hey there everyone, Ritik here, reportingin from my home studio. We’re all doing our best to adjust to life at home  right now, and when you have a little one that can be extra tricky. Not only do you have to keep them entertained, but you have to constantly stimulate their minds since they’re drinking in everything in like a sponge. We’ve recently put up a video from Juan on this channel, going over some videos and applications that youcan use to help keep the education going during this unexpected homeschoolingstretch, and thankfully there is also a lot of great tech out there that canmake your life easier, and give your kids the tools they need to stay entertainedand learning. 

When you’re looking for tech to help homeschool your kids, thereare a few requirements. It can’t be too expensive, so if it gets knocked over orspilled on you won’t have to talk to your local loan shark in order toreplace it. You also have to be able to access everything your child needs tolearn and be edu-tained, so it needs to be capable and compatible with theirschool’s online learning portals, stream videos well enough, and be easy to use. And finally, it can also be good to make sure the device isn’t TOO capable, if youknow what I mean. Depending on your child it can be a good idea to look atrestrictions that can be built into the tech, like maybe it shouldn’t let them just play DOOM while they’re supposed to be learning about geometry. A Chromebook fits all of these categories almost perfectly. They’re inexpensive, compatible with everything online thanks to the Chrome browser and built-in Google services, and they’re just enough machine for the job of home education. What is a Chromebook? Well, it’s a lightweight, inexpensive laptop powered by Chrome OS, which Google has been developing over the last decade. It is meant to integrate with Google’s online services and acts kind of like a bridge to the internet-based services you use without much overhead. 

Chromebooks are made by the companies we all know and love from the laptop game, like Acer and Asus, and come in a ton of different sizes and form factors with a range of special features. Need a touchscreen? Yep, you can get that! A tablet setup?  It’sgot that too. They’re great for playing educational Youtube videos for kids of all ages, and cool teens will even appreciate how easy it is to write papers and stream Spotify while pretending to write that paper. Add to that excellent battery life, and you have almost the perfect machine for learners of any age, whether they’re learning from home or taking it to school every day. Almost 60% of computers assigned to students across the US are Chromebooks, so they’ve been tested in real-world conditions that would terrify any product engineer – like a school backpack. If you’re looking for an alternative to Chrome OS, there are a bunch of Windows laptops that fit the bill, even if they’re a tad bit more expensive, like the Microsoft Surface Go, which adds a pen for its touchscreen, or the Acer Aspire series. Most of those are available for under $600 and, while not as streamlined, do allow for a bit more variety in software and features. We’ll have a link in the description below this video that will point you towards Newegg’s homeschooling page, where there is a bunch of great tech you can check out that’s specifically selected with our current situation in mind.And before I wrap up, let me just share with you personally what I’ve been using techwise with my tiny human. 

Now he just turned three so he’s definitely undermain Chromebook age. We’re focusing on pre-k lessons and pre-k apps, some ofwhich Juan mentioned in our previous video. We recycled an old tablet that wasno longer fast enough for what we would need it for for work, but it’s perfectfor my son. He’s watching educational music videos, and taking the free lessonsthat Scholastic has out given the current situation, and that is his maintech device of choice for his lessons right now. We bought a protective casefor it with a kickstand and some handles so that even if he drops it, or throws itall around which he does very often, it’s still protected. And again because it’san older device we’re not quite as worried if we end up having to replaceit or if you were to crack the screen or something like that. Other devices we’veconsidered getting for him are devices that are technology that inspirecreativity, rather than just consumption, that includes something like a Wacomtablet. If you have one that you happen to use for work anyway, let your kidstake it for a spin… as long as you’re watching them of course. That’s not an inexpensive toy for sure. But something else that inspirescreativity less so than consumption, there are kids cameras out there that wesell even here on Newegg with protective cases, some of which arewaterproof, drop proof, etc., so that you can inspire your tiny one to become aphotographer or videographer or make their own movies I am always a fan oftechnology that can be used for creativity rather than just passiveconsumption. 

Active creativity, not passive consumption. As kids get olderyou can explore video game options and video game consoles that are meant to beeducational. Assassin’s Creed has an educational knowledge of some of theirtitles or if you are looking to get a headset that won’t break the bank theOculus Quest is currently $400 and does not need to be tetheredto a PC, so virtual field trips thanks to Google satellite, here we come.Might be a great way to get your older kids excited about other parts of theworld, even though we’re all stuck inside. So – I hope this has helped you make a decision about the right learning machine for your kids, something that can – ideally take a bit of stress out of the homeschooling life. It isn’t easy taking care of work, life, and your child all while locked inside thanks to world events, but a little clever tech can help make it easier to bear, and hopefully, also kind of fun. Stay tuned to the site Studios as we continue covering the hardware you love, and the tech thatyou need .