I'm not a fan of any virtual keyboard device whether tablet or smartphone except for media consumption and even then I prefer casting to the big screen. I'm not a game player. I don't even like texting except via voice input so call me old school.I've no idea of the actual downsides to a Chromebook in education. I'd be going by educator comments just as you probably would. Those discussions are fairly easy to find tho if you're truly interested.