• Chromebook Covers Considered

    If your school district has been considering Chromebooks, then a cover, case, protector, or sleeve is next on the list.

    If you want to see a list of school districts who have considered the same thing, then check out this one on McNewsy.

  • Dollar Bay-Tamarack Area Schools Parents Must Read This About Chromebooks

    If you are a parent in the Dollar Bay-Tamarack Area Schools, you've just gotten some good news: students are about to get their own Chromebooks. Well, sort of good news, since you get to foot the bill. While $200 is not expensive for a computer, it's about the right price to pay for a Chromebook. But what happens when the Chromebook is broken before it's even paid off? Maybe the school has an insurance policy for you to buy, too, but it's still a hassle, and mostly avoidable.

    You can find plenty of soft and hard case covers for Chromebooks, but the one that works the best to keep the Chromebooks out of the shop are the Cranium Hard Case Screen Protector. These are PERMANENT solutions to the problem of a flexible screen. Kids will pick the machines up by the screen and drop books on the back on the screen. They might even bump into a desk here and there.

    The problem with soft cases is bulk. The problem with most hard cases is that they are just colorful plastic. Think of a car. A soft case is like putting some foam on the steering wheel. The hard case is like putting some plastic on the bumper, and the Cranium is like wearing a seatbelt to protect your cranium. In fact, since it's put on with permanent tape, it's like a seatbelt you have to wear. One school district went from 20% breakage rate down to 1%. That means kids CAN still figure out a way to break a Chromebook; it's just a lot more complicated with a Cranium.

    Contact Educabana if you are interested in a bulk order. In fact, if I was a parent in the district, I'd ask the district to make a bulk order to save a little on all the individual shipping orders for concerned parents in the Dollar Bay-Tamarack Area Schools.

    But wait, there's more. The Cranium is also an awesome whiteboard. Some school districts make students buy these for math or test prep classes, and those cost nearly half the price of this Chromebook case alone.

  • Shawnee Mission, Blue Valley, Park Hill, Lee's Summit to Prepare for Future

    The future of Kansas City is in the hands of school leaders. When those leaders waste money on Microsoft Office and IPads, taxpayers need to question the capabilities of the leaders. Google Drive, now G Suite, is available and works just as well as Office for what schools need. Chromebooks are can be had for less than half of a laptop and maybe a third of a Mac. If you have a lot of students, that can really add up. Just look at what happened in Los Angeles. 

    Chromebooks are the right choice for elite schools because people who run the schools are smart enough to know that Open Source is pretty much the same as the expensive version of programs. For example, I use a mid-2000s laptop running Ubuntu and GIMP for photo editing. The results I get are better than an inexperienced person using a Pro Mac or EliteBook and Adobe Photoshop. If your school district is pushing Microsoft, Adobe, and Mac, then ask who is getting commissions from sales. 

    When Shawnee Mission Schools, Blue Valley Schools, Park Hill Schools, and Lee's Summit Schools decide to purchase or replace Chromebooks, possibly for 1:1 computing, it's also a good idea to get some protection. While the cheap laptops are pretty rugged, the screens can bend a bit, so get a Cranium Chromebook Protector and Whiteboard. Yes, it's also a whiteboard, unlike the brightly-colored plastic protection available from other companies. And it works, which is also unlike the other hard cases out there. Order in bulk right from Educabana

    If you want the best for your kids, you make sure you live in the right school district. Then you hope that district makes the right choice in school materials. You might forget to hope the school protects the investment, but it is important.