Google has been pushing Chrome OS as a platform for use in the classroom for a while, and Toshiba, Lenovo, and Dell all offer Chrome OS laptops aimed at students and teachers.

Now Intel is getting in on the action. The chip maker has unveiled a reference design for an Education Chromebook, and the first device based on that design is expected to launch this year.

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Intel has offered reference designs for Windows laptops and Android tablets for years. But the new Education Chromebooks it he company’s first venture into the Chrome for schools space.

While Intel hasn’t provided full details for the reference design, we do know that it has a ruggedized case, a camera that can rotate 180 degrees so it faces the student or the teacher (or anyone else on the other side of the lid), and the Education Chromebook is powered by an Intel Bay Trail processor.

Device maker CTL is already working on a laptop based on the design, and it should be available to schools later this year.

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5 replies on “Intel unveils Education Chromebook reference design”

  1. Since it has limited to things online, (hopefully) it will keep students from being distracted from other things and concentrate on school work. The price seems reasonable.

    1. In what way is being online limiting? Seems to me the best way to curb distraction would be to keep students OFFline and use desktop software only. But that isn’t going to happen.

    2. Chromebooks should be limited to offline with only 1 mass software download store (no social apps), so they can only download software and concentrate on word processing and not get distracted on the web and youtube 😛

    3. The great thing about Chromebooks in education is precisely the ability of adminstrators to determine exactly what students can do with their devices both online and off, at home or at school. The control panel allows teachers or schools to block, add, and remove apps and websites at any time, put the device in single-purpose quiosk mode for testing or any other lesson, and set up any filtering desired.

      1. My school district disallows Chrome Remote Desktop, and it annoys me soooo much because of how much crap I had to deal with to get it to work in the first place!

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