My love affair with the Chromebook or shall I say the “idea of the Chromebook” continues. I haven’t bought one yet because I am waiting to see how things shake out with the technology and price. I think, like the iPad, there will be a later greater book released once the first batch of users vet it. With that said, what has made me get a little googly eyed, is how Google makes that case for the Chromebook. On one of their promotional sites they make a pretty convincing case for purchasing a Chromebook using one minute informational cartoon videos.
Although I know it is sometimes easier said than done, I like the structure of this informational page. From an online learning standpoint I think it succeeds in 3 ways:
- Provides just the Right Amount of Information (i.e.INFORMATION OVERLOAD)
- Provides the information in more than one format (text and video)
- Provides all the information on one page (No Hansel and Gretel breadcrumb trail to follow to get you back to where you started)
These three things are important to creating effective online educational content. I am advocate of smart use of technology in education meaning don’t just blow the whistle because it is around your neck. Blow it to get the students’ attention.