Last year, the Sioux Falls, South Dakota school district in the U.S. purchased a fleet of Chromebooks--portable computers runnng Google's Chrome OS--for use by students, and now, a year later, school district officials are out with a review of the experience. Specifically, the Sioux Falls School District spent over $4.5 million on Chromebooks to arm students in third through twelfth grades with, and the School Board is heralding the program's success.

It's yet more evidence that Chromebooks and the cost-saving cloud computing model they include for running applications have a bright future in education.

According to KELO in Sioux Falls:

"Board President Doug Morrison says teachers report greater opportunities in classrooms. He says the Chromebooks opened up a whole new world to manage classrooms with the students. They offer many more learning options for the students. The District reports that almost 18% of the Chromebooks given to students needed repairs which is much lower that other districts according to the Sioux Falls' provider...The devices are part of the public school's Student Technology Initiative."

There have been some strong signs that Chromebook sales are driven heavily by purchases within school systems, a trend we called out previously.
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--jeremy