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Topic # 204577 7-Oct-2016 17:41
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My kid is in Year 4 and her school is going to do BYOD with Chromebook soon (in about a month time).  I understand the school is going to send out some information to parents in the next few weeks, but I want to be more prepared.


I did a bit of research and some sources said each Chromebook needs a MDM license (i.e. a management console license, or something like that) so the school can standardise and manage each Chromebook.  Some said if you buy from the school's IT supplier, the chromebook will come with a license.  If you buy one from PBTech or Noel Leeming, you can get the chromebook cheaper, but then you need to pay the IT supplier to buy a license plus installation charge or something (so at the end it could be equally expensive).


A teacher of the school said the school might have bought enough licenses themselves so no need for parents to buy a license.


If you have read this far, you can guess I don't know much about chromebook (even I am quite good in IT stuff in general).


So, can anyone share your experience with school BYOD programs (with chromebook)?  For example, where you bought a device, what model, and how much?  Moreover, do you need to pay extra to get the MDM license, and if so, how much, and how?


Thanks a lot.





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  Reply # 1649479 11-Oct-2016 21:16
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* bump * =-)

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  Reply # 1649491 11-Oct-2016 21:38
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The Google MDM licenses are handled by the School - not the user. There is no such "MDM" license for the Chromebook itself.


Really - you buy a Chromebook and enrol it with the school, the school will have adequate licenses to cover all Chromebooks if this is a requirement of the student.


For the Chromebook itself this comes down to budget. I would recommend grabbing a Chromebook with 4gb ram personally however if budget is a thing then something with 2gb of ram will work fine (just means many tabs open may cause a re-render when coming back to them). There is educational bundles you can buy from HP, Lenovo and Asus however my personal pick for a Chromebook would currently be the HP Chromebook 11 G4 Premium Education edition (PB Tech Link - currently on "sale") which are often made to take the odd drop etc. Something to consider is that Android Apps are coming soon (Supported model list Here) which will mean you'll be able to use things like Microsoft Word for Android on a Chromebook.


As a Chromebook user myself (daily - it has essentially replaced my laptops) I swear by having a unit with 4gb of ram - it makes the experience that much better and also ensuring you go with a x86 powered model (there are cheaper ARM based models - they're fine but somewhat limited). I personally use a 2015 Toshiba Chromebook 2. I have tried many Chromebooks and personally think between brands they're pretty much of a muchness.


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  Reply # 1651985 16-Oct-2016 17:36
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Thanks Michael!  I will keep an eye on those Chromebook with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.  =-)

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