Somewhat unintentionally, one of Google’ designers announced that the new Chrome OS will offer remote desktop capabilities.
What could this mean for education technologists, or teachers who want to teach certain skills via the web?
To answer that, let’s go back to what made Google Chrome OS a good thing for classrooms. A fast load time of 10 seconds, everything stored in the cloud and self-correcting software means Chrome is perfect for netbooks.
Now, imagine being able to work on creative software via netbook without sapping too much processor power, which is theoretically what software stored in the cloud should mean for netbooks and those who use them.
In addition, anything with remote desktop enables many users to learn at the same time. The teacher can perform the functions on one screen and share it remotely with every single netbook user, allowing the students to take a hands-on approach to the skillset they are picking up, rather than to have all eyes on one board at the front, and a distracting back and forth between lesson object and notes.
So much to find out about Google going forward. Tom Vander Ark had asked if Google would build the killer education app. They might not, but enabling app development in schools, and letting those schools tap into the cloud should bring about the beginnings of educator-led change in education software.