Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

608 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

# 204577 7-Oct-2016 17:41
Send private message

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.





Create new topic

608 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1649479 11-Oct-2016 21:16
Send private message

* bump * =-)

9024 posts

Uber Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1649491 11-Oct-2016 21:38
Send private message

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.


608 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 1651985 16-Oct-2016 17:36
Send private message

Thanks Michael!  I will keep an eye on those Chromebook with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.  =-)

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45

Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30

JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59

Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34

NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43

Suunto 7 combine sports and smart features on new smartwatch generation
Posted 7-Jan-2020 16:06

Intel brings innovation with technology spanning the cloud, network, edge and PC
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:54

AMD announces high performance desktop and ultrathin laptop processors
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:42

AMD unveils four new desktop and mobile GPUs including AMD Radeon RX 5600
Posted 7-Jan-2020 15:32

Consolidation in video streaming market with Spark selling Lightbox to Sky
Posted 19-Dec-2019 09:09

Intel introduces cryogenic control chip to enable quantum computers
Posted 10-Dec-2019 21:32

Vodafone 5G service live in four cities
Posted 10-Dec-2019 08:30

Samsung Galaxy Fold now available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Dec-2019 00:01

NZ company oDocs awarded US$ 100,000 Dubai World Expo grant
Posted 5-Dec-2019 16:00

New Zealand Rugby Selects AWS-Powered Analytics for Deeper Game Insights
Posted 5-Dec-2019 11:33

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.