Windows by its design is PERSONAL. From the very beginning Windows allows the person at the keyboard to do anything, even to the point of wrecking the Windows install and such.
Chromebooks don't have that issue so you don't spend time troubleshooting or reloading Windows.
You can focus on using rather than supporting.
I recently read online somewhere (I don’t remember where) that around 60% of school-supplied laptops are Chromebooks. A couple of days ago I spoke to a former student of mine who reported that his middle school uses Chromebooks and “all the kids hate them.” He then detailed all the things that Chromebooks don’t do that he was able to do with his Windows laptop at my private school.
My school was using Windows machines before I got there, and I have continued to specify Windows now that I am charge of ordering new units. I prefer them because (a) they can do what I want to do with my students, and (b) what the students learn about the machine itself while using Windows will generally be transferable to what they use at home. (Not many of them seem to have Apples.)
So my question is, why are Chromebooks the most popular machines used by schools? And how do teachers feel about this? Do you all love your Chromebooks, or do you wish that your school would switch to something better?