Google to distribute free Chromebook laptops to schools in India

Google is expanding its Chromebook school program to India, in a scheme to introduce and increase the usage of laptops in the education sector in the country, starting with schools in Andhra Pradesh.

Currently the Chromebook program in already running in over 3000 schools worldwide. In collaboration with Andhra Pradesh’s department of IT, the company will initially make available 25 Chromebooks to each school in the state. The teachers and instructors will be gradually trained in the use of the required software applications.

Chromebook laptops are network intensive, as most of their apps are web-based and due to a small Hard Disk space, the storage is cloud based. Hence in order to provide uninterrupted Internet, the state’s IT department will provide the schools with Wi-Fi internet connectivity with 1 Mbps speed and power backup as well.

As reported by the Economic Times, Andhra Pradesh’s IT minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, said,

“The school instructors will teach core subjects using applications and software. We believe with interactive learning, the student will understand better and will take interest in the subjects,” .

If this step by Google pans out then it’ll add to Government’s initiative of introducing laptops and tablets in education, and also to a related move of distributing mobiles and tablets to the underprivileged population, starting 2014.

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