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Dec. 12, 2013 12:30 pm

No more Macs: Science Leadership Academy to switch to Chromebooks

Thanks to a yet-to-be-announced grant from Dell, SLA will be the first school in the country to roll out the $300 laptops that run Google's Chrome operating system and store information in the cloud.

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After seven years of using Mac laptops, students at Science Leadership Academy will now use Dell Chromebooks.

Thanks to a yet-to-be-announced grant from Dell, SLA will be the first school in the country to roll out the $300 laptops that run Google’s Chrome operating system and store information in the cloud, Education Week reported. The prominent and selective magnet high school now runs two campuses, its flagship in Center City and SLA-Beeber in West Philadelphia.

Principal Chris Lehmann believes Chromebooks can “revolutionize the way schools are thinking about technology” because of their cost. All of the students of the Workshop School, the project-based learning school in University City, have Google Chromebooks.

Watch an Education Week video of Lehmann explaining why he’s switching to Chromebooks.

[Education Week]

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Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's associate editor after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • WCTechGuy

    I worry about whether the switch to Chromebooks is happening too quickly. SaaS has not progressed enough for the switch to make sense. While great strides have been made in web-based alternatives to intensive applications like ; photoshop, illustrator, video editing, CAD and others, they are still in their infancy and often considered “experimental”.

    Until browsers are able to thoroughly take advantage of hardware acceleration without plugins, the switch will only be acceptable for lightweight computing. While modern versions of chrome, firefox and IE do have HA, they still cannot yet take full advantage of the GPU. Two to three years down the road this will be a different conversation, but I wouldn’t be surprised if SLA ends up switching back within the year.

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