As we move further and further along, I continue to question the full desktop and full laptop deployment in schools. Except for a few cases, our Adobe Digital Media lab in one high school, an AutoCAD lab in another, I am doubting the need to continue to keep up with full blown labs. That is what makes things like the Samsung Chromebooks and new Chromebox all the more intriguing. We bought a 1st gen Chromebook, and while myself and my ITFs could use it easily, since we are in the Google ecosystem, we worried about teacher utilizing a browser only OS. Now with the word that Chrome OS will move to a windowing OS, we will look at it a little more.
Also, these Chromeboxes definitely hold promise. I can see some of these in classrooms, hooked up to a monitor, giving students the web access they need. If powered enough, these can be a decent option for us!