PiNet is an excellent and well-tested way to centrally manage a classroom of Raspberry Pi computers running Raspbian.
Another advantage of the Chromebit is that it has 2GB RAM, which makes it better for web browsing. Do they need Bluetooth keyboards and mice?
lancem631 wrote: ↑Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:35 pmChromiumOS on the Pi was an original plan rather than having to run Chrome on top of an OS. Kids are already used to a Chromebook experience. Introducing another layer of confusion typically frustrates things, mostly for the teachers. Most kids pickup on the differences however having a mix is not ideal. Comparing the lowest prices of Chromebooks to single board computers has been night and day for us. Converting existing labs to use existing keyboard/mouse/monitor with single board computers seems attractive, allowing us to retire those aging small form factor PC's. Almost everything is taught with Google Apps so having simple devices such as SBC eliminates dealing with hard drives, power supplies, added heat and energy, corrupt OS issues, security issues, once a year re-imaging multiple 30-station labs.
The $85 Chromebit does look promising and is compatible with our existing Google Management Console. We had already looked at PiNET and it still might be a viable option. Thank you for responding.
Fair enough. One thing that worries me about the Chromebit is maintaining a room full of Bluetooth keyboards and mice. That seems like a lot of batteries and things that could get mixed up or disappear.
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