Google's Chromebook in 2000 Schools Globally
Google has recently revealed some pretty interesting numbers on its progress in the education industry. According to the Official Google Enterprise Blog, Google has managed to get Chromebooks into 2000 schools globally, which is twice as many schools as three months ago. There aren't any details as to which brand of Chromebooks are being used in those schools, but Google's Global Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap claims that “there is a device for any school, any student, anywhere.”
In January 2012 some of the first districts announced that they were moving “one to one” with Chromebooks and that they were choosing the web as their learning platform. On the panel Tuesday, these educators talked about the impact the web has had in their schools: enabling tech support internships, allowing homebound students to collaborate remotely, and teaching students to become digital leaders. The results of the hard work of educators and students shows clearly in the impact at Leyden and the changes at Richland Two one year later.
The Chromebooks used in education, are usually powered by Google's enterprise products. While they aren't good indicators on the popularity of Google's enterprise products, it would be safe to assume that all 2000 schools equipped with Chromebooks are using Google's enterprise products one way or another. It seems that Google's education efforts are taking off gradually in the US, but if Casap's schedule is any indication, Google intends to make sure Chromebooks are available to more cities outside of the US.
To increase the traction of its products in the education industry, Google also holds Google in Education Summits to help introduce how its enterprise products can play a part in the education system. According to the Official Google in Education Summit website, the company has scheduled stops in Asia, Australia, South America, Europe and the Middle East. There was one summit held in Singapore in September last year, but there aren't any details as to when the next one will be take place.