Android Apps on Chrome OS

Android apps run securely on Chrome OS in Linux containers

With first-quarter shipments exceeding Macs in the United States, Chromebooks are very popular. Schools and enterprises choose Chromebooks for their very streamlined use case: low cost, fast boot security, simplicity and ease of administration.

Chromebooks just got a little more complicated, but for the better, with Google’s announcement that the Android Play Store will be available on Chromebooks and that Android apps will run on the Chrome operating system. The million Android apps—which include popular apps such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Skype and games such as Clash of Clans and Angry Birds—will remedy the Chromebook’s relative app sparsity.

Android Apps on Chrome OS

Chromebooks Video from Chris & Jim Gould - Geeks on Tour

Chromebook in the House?

YouTube video from Jim & Chris Gould, Geeks on Tour. Episode #117

Chromebooks are making a push for the laptop market.
Our newest Chromebook runs Android apps. Is it the best option for some people?

Chromebooks Video from Chris & Jim Gould - Geeks on Tour

How Google Took Over the Classroom

How Google Took Over the Classroom

Students at Newton Bateman Elementary School in Chicago use Google-powered laptops and Google education apps for classwork. More than half the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students – more than 30 million children – use Google education apps, the company says.

“Between the fall of 2012 and now, Google went from an interesting possibility to the dominant way that schools around the country” teach students to find information, create documents and turn them in, said Hal Friedlander, former chief information officer for the New York City Department of Education, the nation’s largest school district. “Google established itself as a fact in schools.”

How Google Took Over the Classroom

 

Chromebooks poised to expand in classroom

Chromebooks poised to expand classroom dominance

Google has become a fixture in classrooms around the world:

  • 70 million teachers and students use G Suite for education on a daily basis.
  • 20 million Chromebooks are in use in classrooms around the world.
  • 7 of 8 ivy league schools have adopted G Suite for Education

Source: The Keyword by Google

Print from a Chromebook

How to Print from a Chromebook

To get started you’ll need to go through the Cloud Print process for the printer (or printers) you would like to access from your Chromebook. Having a cloud-enabled printer is going to make the process a lot easier, but it’s still possible with a more traditional printer restricted to using a USB connection.

Follow the setup instructions on Google’s Cloud Print site, where you’ll be walked through the process based on the brand and model of your printer.

Print from a Chromebook

Chromebook Apps for teachers

18 Good Chromebook Apps for Teachers

For those of you using Chromebooks in their instruction here is a collection of some good applications to try out with your students. These are tools that will enable you to: create timelines, design educational videos and tutorials, make beautiful posters for your class, engage students in digital storytelling activities, gather students feedback for formative assessment purposes and many more.  We have arranged these apps into the visual below which you can download in PDF format from this page. Links to the apps are included in a table placed under the visual.

Chromebook Apps for teachers

Chromebook Security

Chromebook security – Chromebook Help

Chromebooks use the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection, so if any one layer is bypassed, others are still in effect. So while it’s still important to take precautions to protect your data, Chromebooks let you breathe just a little bit easier. Your Chromebook has the following security features built-in:

Chromebook Security

Tips to organize Google Drive

10 Tips for Organizing Google Drive

Google Drive has become one of my essential tools. All my files are in Google Drive. With unlimited storage and easy access from any device, I put everything in Drive. At first, this was no big deal. But after about five years of heavy drive usage, it became more difficult to find and manage my files. Here are my top 10 tips for organizing your Drive account.

Tips to organize Google Drive

Manage space on a Chromebook

Running out of space on your Chromebook? Try these tips

While Chromebooks are mostly cloud-centric machines, there are still quite a few offline packaged apps available. Sometimes, when you have a lot of those installed alongside media like music, video, and pictures, there’s not much room left. Add in Google Drive syncing, and running out of space is a real possibility — especially on the 16GB storage models.

There are a few things you can do to help if you ever hit the storage wall. Let’s have a look at some of them!

Manage space on a Chromebook

From iPad to Chromebook

From an iPad to a Chromebook

Help for Teachers Going From an iPad to a Chromebook Home

I am a huge fan of iPads AND Chromebooks. I think both can be integrated purposefully into the classroom in ways that are very powerful to the learning experience. Both devices can accomplish almost any form of masterful technology integration, boost critical thinking, and help to make student thinking visible. As many classrooms and teachers move between the two devices, they often struggle to find similar applications – to supplement the one they came to love on the opposite machine.

From iPad to Chromebook