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Educators Weigh Merits of Chromebooks, iPads in Twitter Chat

By guest blogger Sam Atkeson

In case you missed it, Education Week Digital Directions hosted an #EWedchat on Dec. 17 debating the use of iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom. 

The two ed-tech giants are currently neck-and-neck in the fight for education market domination, with K-12 Chromebook sales recently surpassing those of the leading iPad for the first time, by one recent estimate.

The conversation centered around the pros and cons of each device, weighing important issues like compatibility with education apps, how each device facilitates student collaboration, what kinds of professional development are most helpful, and cost. 

The chat also served as a forum for educators and ed-tech leaders to share valuable resources for integrating technology at the district and classroom levels.

Participants offered up teacher best practices, recommended education apps, and shared technology plans currently in use by school districts across the country (the experiences of one of those districts, the St. Vrain Valley school system in Longmont, Colo., was featured a few months ago in an Education Week analysis of how Race to the Top grantees were using that money for personalized learning.)

We've included a Storify, below, that recaps some of the main topics covered, and check out the hashtag #EWedchat for access to the chat in full. 

A special thanks to our guests Kyle Pace and Holly Clark, as well as all those who participated. Have an idea for a future Digital Directions #EWedchat? Let us know in the comment section below!

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