US teachers have flooded school-centric charity website DonorsChoose.org
to snap up Chrome notebook computers Google made available to
classrooms for just $99 each
DonorsChoose said Tuesday that it was no
longer taking Chromebook requests from instructors since the allotted
supply was exhausted due to the "tremendous response" to the offer.
is a website where people can donate money to back class projects or
provide gear needed in cash-strapped schools based on needs or goals
laid out by teachers.
Google on Monday said that Samsung Series 5
Chromebooks that teachers put on wish lists at DonorsChoose would be
available for a price of $99 each in a hefty $330 discount from the
starting price in shops.
"For many students and teachers, the
hassles of traditional computing often prevent them from making the most
of technology in the classroom," Google group product manager Rajen
Sheth said in a blog post.
"Schools that have adopted Chromebooks,
however, have been able to bring the web's vast educational resources
whether it's conducting real-time research or collaborating on group
projects right into the classroom."
More than a thousand US schools use Chromebooks in classrooms, according to Sheth.
Google built Chrome operating software into notebook computers in a challenge to machines powered by Microsoft Windows.
Chrome computing model shifts operating software into the Internet
"cloud," where data centers store information and tend to tough tasks.
act essentially as doors to banks of Google servers on the Internet,
with the California-based technology titan tending to matters such as
updating programs and fending off hackers and malicious software.
include quick start-ups from disk drive-free machines, long battery
life, and essentially being able to dive into one's desktop data from
anywhere on the Internet.