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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
Microsoft has announced the latest version of Windows, with the software giant unveiling Windows 10 S. This latest operating system is intended to be something of an affordable version of the mainstream software, aimed at lower cost computers and education-oriented PCs. As the operating system niche becomes more complicated and diverse, Microsoft is attempting to refine its strategy in order to enable Windows to retain its dominant position.
Have you ever wondered, “How can I blur student faces in my videos?” Now, there’s a simple answer to that question. YouTube has released a new feature that allows you to blur faces, meaning you can post your class videos while keeping your students’ privacy.
In this 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community trainer Jerry Swiatek explains how you can use YouTube to blur student faces.
One of Google’s most exciting announcements regarding its Chrome OS platform and Chromebook hardware is the support for Android apps. While Chrome OS can run Chrome browser extensions, web apps, and Chrome apps, the addition of the millions of Android apps greatly increases the platform’s value.
A handful of Chromebooks can already officially run the Google Play Store and install Android apps, including the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R11/C738T/CB5-132T, and Google’s own Chomebook Pixel (2015). If yours is one of those, then jump ahead to step one to get started.