I hope that this note finds you well.
As most educators know, Chromebooks have become extremely popular in schools. In my volunteer work in classrooms in the last few years, I’ve encountered them in a middle school classroom in Boston, Massachusetts and in a third-grade class in Chico, California. The university where I work in my day job now has some Chromebooks, too, for students to use in the libraries. I’ve owned a couple of Chromebooks, too.
However, I wonder whether Chromebooks are all that good at working with IF. Especially, it seems that they may be limited in their use with parser-based IF.
Generally, for reading parser-based IF on Chromebooks, I’ve found it necessary to run the stories via the Web. However, with the Chromebooks distributed more of less randomly among students, I haven’t been able to get save and restore to work well at all.
When it comes to writing IF with Inform 7, Playfic stands as the only alternative, as far as I know, for use on a Chromebook. Actually, I admire Playfic a lot. It’s fast and reliable, and my students often like to use it. However, the full Inform application, with its powerful debugging tools, offers real advantages to students who are getting into more involved projects.
So what do you think? Are Chromebooks an obstacle to implementing IF in schools? Can you offer any suggestions on how to use Chromebooks more successfully in working with IF?
Have a great day, and be well.