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What is a Chromebook? Why is it the Perfect Computer for Parents & Grandparents?

Simple and secure, the Chromebook makes getting things done in and out of the classroom, at work, or at home quick, easy, and affordable. Chromebooks were introduced in June 2011. In just a short time they now comprise 58% of the computers used in K-12 school classrooms. For the parent or grandparent, this relatively inexpensive computer is far easier to use than a full-featured Windows or Mac computer would be.

They’re effectively impervious to viruses. They can use Voice commands: You can say “OK, Google” from the launcher to invoke Google’s voice-powered assistant. There is tight integration with everything Google: Gmail, Drive, Calendar and so on. That means any document created in, say, Google Docs is automatically archived to Drive. It’s like full-time, automatic backup for nearly everything the user does. The most recent Chromebooks can use Google Play to install almost all Android Apps that are available for phones and tablets.

The Virtual Chromebook Meetup

elder chromebookThis website is the home of the Virtual Chromebook Meetup. The Meetup is open to any computer or technology user group or anyone interested in learning about Chromebooks.

The meetings will be announced soon and will be available live on line. The meetings will be recorded and those recordings will be available on this website.

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The List Grows

Google continues to add Chromebook models that have access to the Google Play Store. Some are considered Stable and some are still in Beta, but these can now access Play Store, install & use Android Apps. The list is updated as additional models are added. You can always check it here. The models currently able to utilize Android Apps (as of November 1, 2017) are:
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Being Stylus

Touchscreens are everywhere. I no longer have any of my “toys” without one. My desktop computer has a 23? Hannspree touch monitor. My Dell 15? laptop, Microsoft Surface 3 and the 11? Chromebook have touchscreens. Of course, the iPad, the 2 Android smartphones, and our old iPhones are touch. Like many of my friends & neighbors, my fingers are not as easy to control and precision is not always the norm. I attend a lot of trade shows and local events where businesses have booths where they give away advertising “stuff.” Many of them now give away a stylus or a pen with a stylus. I always pick some up, to use or to share with friends.

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Skype for Chromebooks

Skype for Chromebooks

One of the most requested apps for Chromebooks over the years has been Skype. Many people use Skype for chatting or talking with their friends, family, and work contacts. Until recently, the lack of Skype for Chrome OS was a real deal breaker for many. However, it’s now possible to use Skype on your Chromebook in two different ways. Install Skype from Google Play Store and Skype for Web ...
How to Unlock Your Chromebook with an Android Smartphone

How to Unlock Your Chromebook with an Android Smartphone

One of the newest features to come to Chrome OS is the ability to unlock your computer using your Android smartphone. Setting it up is pretty straightforward, only requiring that you have both devices in hand. When finished, you will be able to get into your Chromebook by merely unlocking your phone… How to unlock your Chromebook with an Android smartphone ...
How to Take Screenshots on a Chromebook

How to Take Screenshots on a Chromebook

While it can be incredibly easy to take screenshots on smartphones, a little more work has to go into capturing portions of your Chromebook’s display. The good news, though, is that once you learn how to take screenshots, the process is pretty hard to forget and takes just seconds to do… How to take a screenshot of your entire display How to take a partial screenshot How to take a screenshot in tablet mode How to edit a screenshot [Read more...]
Chromebook is Secure - Not Junk

Chromebook is Secure - Not Junk

I was deeply disturbed to read a recent letter to the editor which used my name in the headline yet primarily focused on the author’s achievements and the alleged pitfalls of the 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Our district has worked hard to thoughtfully roll out a 1:1 initiative where all students in grades 6-12 are given a Chromebook to use and our students in grades K-5 have access to a Chromebook while in class. Our administration worked tirelessly to marry the technological needs of our students with security and social concerns. The initiative was the outgrowth of teacher, student and parent feedback piloted over several years.