Useful Chromebook Tricks

Seven Useful Chromebook Tricks You Should Know About

Chromebooks aren’t like traditional laptops. While they’re much simpler, they still have various useful features you may not know about. From accessing remote computers and printing to wiping your personal data, recovering Chrome OS, and installing desktop Linux, these tricks will help you get the most out of your Chromebook.

Useful Chromebook Tricks

Chrome Apps vs Android Apps

Chrome apps vs. Android apps

Should I be using Chrome apps or Android apps? And why is so much choice such a burden?

Every good operating system that’s worthy of its users has an app story. After all, if you think about those mobile OSes that have nearly failed — webOS and Windows Phone are the first that come to my mind — you’ll recall that their app stores were hardly worth delving into. They were, effectively, a boring story. That’s certainly not the case with the Google Play Store, so then why does Chrome OS operate under a different narrative?

Since I’m new to this platform, I don’t know what life was like with a Chromebook before Android apps were available on Chrome OS (this feature, by the way, is still in beta). And I’m sure I’m luckier for it because I didn’t run into the same limitations as some of Chrome OS’s forbearers. If there isn’t a Chrome app or an extension that can function as I want, I can simply go to the Play Store and find an Android app that can. I have a choice.

Chrome Apps vs Android Apps

 

ASUS vs Acer Chromebook

ASUS Chromebook Flip vs. Acer Chromebook R 11

The ASUS Chromebook C302CA-DHM4 is a convertible Chromebook with an IPS touchscreen that can be flipped over from 0 to 360 degree so the device…

The Acer Chromebook R 11 CB5-132T-C1LK is an 11.6-inch laptop powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core Intel Celeron N3150 Braswell processor.

ASUS vs Acer Chromebook

Create Movie on Chromebook

How to create a movie on a Chromebook using Adobe Spark

Take a look at this quick 3-minute video where Monica Burns explains how to use Adobe Spark. Spark allows you to create your graphics, web stories, or videos in minutes. If you’re not on a Chromebook, you can also use this tool on your web browser.

Create Movie on Chromebook

How to choose a chromebook

How to Choose a Chromebook? 7 Key Factors to Help You Decide

Chromebooks are lightweight personal computers which are more than capable to handle light to moderate computing tasks.

In fact, for a user like me, a Chromebook is all I need for my day to day computer use and online browsing requirements.

I gave up my 20 years of friendship with the Windows in favour of the Chromebook in summer 2014. Since then, I have been a satisfied user of the Chromebooks.

How to choose a chromebook

Chromebook Conquers Schools

How Google Chromebooks conquered schools

NEW YORK (AP) — The Google Chromebook, a type of stripped-down laptop, isn’t a practical mobile device for many people — mostly because it basically turns into an expensive paperweight whenever it can’t find a Wi-Fi connection.

Yet Chromebooks have defied expectations and made major inroads in an unexpected environment — U.S. schools.

In retrospect, that shouldn’t be too surprising. Chromebooks are cheap and easy to manage, making them popular with budget-constrained schools with limited tech-support staff. And Wi-Fi is now common enough in U.S. schools and homes to make an internet-dependent device practical for students.

Chromebook Conquers Schools

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook

Although even the youngest children are considered tech-savvy today, there exists a difference between a child who knows how to use a tablet to watch videos and a child who knows how to navigate a device for active learning.

The thought of giving 30 kindergarten students their own Chromebooks might be daunting. But for one classroom, the move yielded some surprising results for student engagement, learning progress, and for students with special needs.

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook

The 5 stages of Chromebook acceptance

The 5 Stages of Chromebook Acceptance

The first couple of generations of Chromebooks were stripped-down laptops running Google’s Chrome OS — literally, little more than the browser as an operating system — and were more hype than reality. At best they worked for kids or the tech-averse: Fine for basics like email, Facebook and YouTube but it was a major struggle to make one of them your main machine.

Now Chromebooks have had a few generations to evolve. Many have standard Intel Core processors, better file management and access to Android apps via the Google Play Store. It now feels like the category has gotten a major reboot, as seen in the excellent new Samsung Chromebook Pro.

The 5 stages of Chromebook acceptance

 

Educational Tech Mobile Learning

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is an educational blog dedicated to curating, reviewing and sharing EdTech tools and mobile apps. The purpose is to help teachers and educators effectively integrate digital technologies into their day-to-day teaching, learning and professional development.

Educational Tech Mobile Learning

Chromebooks safety malware

How safe are Chromebooks from malware?

Google has earned the right to brag a little about the security built into its browser-based Chrome OS that runs on cheap, light and increasingly popular Chromebook laptops.

As the company explains in a tech-support note, Chrome OS closes off most traditional entry points for malware. You can’t install traditional programs at all, the browser and individual pages run locked inside “sandboxed” areas of memory, and at each reboot, a Chromebook verifies that its software hasn’t been tampered with and repairs it if necessary.

Chrome OS also downloads and installs its own security updates automatically. And since it stores your data online, even setting a Chromebook on fire should not jeopardize your info.

Chromebooks safety malware