The Value of Google for Education

The Value Of Google For Education In Action

We worked with Evergreen Education Group answer a big and pressing question: Can we measure the impact of Chromebooks and G Suite for Education in schools? Evergreen’s discussions over 16 months with more than 100 school leaders from 6 countries was captured in a series of Impact Portraits—data-rich case studies with real school results. Their research uncovered four key factors that help schools and students flourish when adopting technology for the classroom: planning, professional learning, patience, and support.

The Value of Google for Education


Android Apps You Need On Your Chromebook

They’re Not Just For Phones! 15 Android Apps You Need On Your Chromebook

Google opened up its Chrome OS platform a while back, bringing its massive Android ecosystem to the ultra-light operating system. That means you can install Android apps on your Chromebook, that light, little thing running on a modified version of the Chrome browser. That’s over 2.5 million apps! With that in mind, we went ahead and sorted through the Google Play store for the best Android apps for Chromebooks currently available.

Android Apps You Need On Your Chromebook

Consider a Chromebook

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Chromebook

Article first appeared August 23, 2016

Are you thinking of purchasing a Google Chromebook but not sure if they are suitable for you?

To help you, I’ve listed below seven great benefits that I think may persuade you to join the growing number of Chromebook users.

From my personal perspective, I’ve been using and writing on a Chromebook for more than two years. And quite frankly – I love it!

Consider a Chromebook

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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 June 23, 2017) are:

  • Acer Chromebook 11 N7 (C731, C731T)
  • Acer Chromebook 15 (CB3-532)
  • Acer Chromebook R11
  • Acer Chromebook R13
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 11
  • AOpen Chromebase mini
  • AOpen Chromebox mini
  • Asus Chromebook C202SA
  • ASUS Chromebook C213
  • ASUS Chromebook C300SA/C301SA
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C100
  • ASUS Chromebook Flip C302
  • Chromebook Pixel 2015
  • CTL NL61 Chromebook
  • Dell Chromebook 11 (3180)
  • Dell Chromebook 11 Convertible (3189)
  • Dell Chromebook 13 (3380)
  • HP Chromebook 11 G5 EE
  • HP Chromebook 13 G1
  • HP x360 Chromebook 11 G1 EE
  • Lenovo Flex 11 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N22 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Chromebook
  • Lenovo N23 Yoga Chromebook
  • Lenovo N42 Chromebook
  • Lenovo ThinkPad 11e Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Yoga Chromebook (Gen 4)
  • Mercer Chromebook NL6D
  • Samsung Chromebook 3
  • Samsung Chromebook Plus
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro

If you have one of these devices and want to try out Android Apps, simply navigate to Settings and click the hamburger menu (three horizontal bars) at the top left and select About Chrome OS. From there select “detailed build information” and “change channel.” Click Beta and change the channel.

The update will take only a few minutes to download depending on your network speed. Once complete, you will be prompted to restart. After your Chromebook reboots, you should be greeted with a notification that you have a “critical update” waiting for your device. This is the Play Store update.

Click update and continue logging in.

After the update is complete you should see Google Play in your settings menu. You can enable Android Apps and start installing. Start with just one.  As always, make sure you backup any data you do not want to lose. Moving back to the Stable channel will require a “Powerwash” of your Chromebook.

Prioritize Your Preferred Wi-Fi Networks on a Chromebook

How to Prioritize Your Preferred Wi-Fi Networks on a Chromebook

Your Chromebook automatically connects to Wi-Fi networks you’ve previously connected to. But, if multiple known Wi-Fi networks are in range, you might want to configure which one gets priority. For example, you can prioritize your home network over your neighbor’s network, which is nearby but faint.

This feature is also available on Windows 7, Windows 8 and 10, and macOS.

How to Set a Preferred Network First, open your Chromebook’s settings screen. Either click the tray at the bottom right corner of your screen and click the gear-shaped “Settings” button or click menu > Settings in a browser window.

New Convertible Chromebook - Eve

Eve is a new convertible Chromebook being developed

Originally shared by Brandon Lall
So far, we know “Eve”— a new convertible Chromebook being worked on— will have a high-resolution 2400×1600 (3:2) display, a seventh generation Kaby Lake processor, and a possible fingerprint sensor. Now, thanks to some digging by the fine folks over at Chrome Unboxed, we now know that “Eve” may come equipped with a Google Assistant button.
Chromebooks Getting New Power Management

Chromebooks Getting New Power Management Settings to Control Lid/Idle Behaviors

Control the idle and lid-closed power management behavior

After teasing Chromebook owners with the revamp of the sign-in and lock screens of Google’s Chrome OS operating system, Chromium evangelist François Beaufort shared a new upcoming feature that resides in the Chrome Canary channel.

The developer shared today on his Google+ page a screenshot of what it would appear to be new Power settings for controlling the power management behavior when the lid is closed and when your Chromebook computer is idle. For example, you can finally choose to keep your Chromebook awake when the lid is closed, or just set it to go to sleep, which is currently the default action.

Chromebooks Getting New Power Management

12 Good Chromebook Apps for Teachers

12 Good Chromebook Apps for Teachers

If you are using Chromebook in your instruction you may want to have a look at the app collection below. These are apps you cam use to perform a wide variety of tasks some of which include: record and share notes, speak voice memos, annotate and transform video content into interactive learning experiences, turn your slides into engaging presentations by adding interactive elements, easily record and edit  videos, access a huge library of resources and tools to use with your K-12 students, and many more. Check them out and share with us your feedback. Links to the apps are under the visual.

12 Good Chromebook Apps for Teachers

Meet Droplet

Windows Apps On Your Chromebook Without Emulators Or VM: Meet Droplet

If that title has you wondering how this is possible, I’m afraid we won’t be able to fully answer that question yet. As unsatisfying as that is, what Droplet is claiming to be bringing to market soon is no less exciting.

Their aim is larger than just Chromebooks, but in the sweep of what Droplet looks to accomplish, Chrome OS users will soon have a very powerful way of running Windows applications in Chrome OS in the future.

What Is Droplet?

Meet Droplet

Chromebook initiative comes to Indian Creek

Chromebook initiative comes to Indian Creek

MINGO JUNCTION, OH — Pupils at Indian Creek Middle School will receive their own hardware for learning in the next school year through a new One-to-One Chromebook initiative.

Superintendent T.C. Chappelear said each middle school pupil in fifth through eighth grades will be issued a Chromebook to keep and use at home and in class during the school year. The program will move into the high school by one grade level annually, and in four years the current eighth-graders will keep a computer at the end of their senior year.

Chromebook initiative comes to Indian Creek