Chromebooks Continue to Shine in School Market

Google reported this week that it has added three new schools to the Chromebooks for Education program.

Vidya Nagarajan, Google’s Product Manager of Chromebooks for Education, told attendees at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in San Diego, that Rockingham Country Schools, N.C., Transylvania County Schools, N.C., and Fond du Lac School District in Wisconsin had signed on.

Many in attendance were surprised to learn that Google Chromebooks are being used by more than 500 school districts in the United States and Europe.

Nagarajan also introduced some new features for schools using Chromebooks that make it even easier to find, use, install and manage web apps.

First up were grade-level application packs, which are groups of Chrome Web Store apps that integrate tightly with Google’s suite of Apps for Education, divided by grade levels to meet different classroom needs.

Also new are organization-specific web app collections in the Chrome Web Store, which give administrators the ability to recommend apps to students, teachers and staff.

Nagarajan also noted in the blog post that Leyden High School District from Illinois is rolling out Chromebooks to its 3,500 students.

Some of the apps that are popular with the Leyden students include: WeVideo, EasyBib, Vernier Labquest2, SlideRocket, Geogebra and Pearson’s OpenClass.

About Cliff Boodoosingh

Cliff Boodoosingh has been writing on Internet-based technology for more than 10 years. At Dow Jones he covered the money markets, Canadian dollar and daily hot stocks. He authored Regional Analysis sections and competitor profiles for business intelligence reports on the mobile/wireless markets at Marcus Evans. He recently moved from managing digital publications and media coverage for the Technology Division at VerticalScope to oversee content development at, a new personal finance portal.
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