Generic Stylus

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.

ballpoint pen stylus comborubber stylusLike 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.

The stylus usually is rubber tipped and you use it like a pointer. It works well with the touchscreens on phones. I found that those did not work on my Surface 3 which required a $50 special stylus. I did find an HTC Scribe Digital Pen for $4 for it and ordered 3 of them. They only worked on the Surface 3 and not on any of my other devices. They are now available on Amazon for $30.

Musemee Notier V2 Precision Stylus for Capacitance Touchscreen DevicesI wanted a more precise stylus, so I decided to try a couple that I found on Amazon. The Musemee Notier V2 Precision Stylus for Capacitance Touchscreen Devices sells for $12 and is a Prime item. It has a replaceable tip with a clear disc which gives you an accurate point. The cap is part of the body so you won’t lose it. It is not easy to grip and does not have a pocket clip. It does work on every one of my touch screens including the Surface 3.

 Meko StylusI also ordered the MEKO (2nd Generation) [2 in 1 Precision Series] Disc Stylus/Styli with Fiber Tip from Amazon for $18, but the package contains 2 of them. The price is actually $9. It is not a Prime product but has free shipping. It has a similar replaceable tip with a clear disk on one end and a fiber tip on the other end. It has a screw on cap that fits at either end, so you should not lose it. It also works on all my devices. My one complaint about this item is that the clip is too short and doesn’t really clip to a shirt pocket properly.

MEKO -2 Pcs w-replacementBoth the Musemee and the Meko come with extra points and you can purchase more. If you drop the stylus; the end will break and it needs to be replaced. I like both instruments and suggest either as an add-on or perhaps a gift, especially for those who have a problem hitting the right keys.

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Stop Calling Google's Chromebooks Toy Computers

Stop Calling Google’s Chromebooks Toy Computers

The crisp air of a late summer evening. Pristine erasers in a package of unused pencils. The rubbery smell of new sneakers still in the box. Some sensations are powerful enough to span generations—unmistakable signals that it’s back-to-school time.

Others, meanwhile, are more likely to betray a person’s age group. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably told your kids about making schoolbook covers out of paper grocery bags. Today’s students have no such concerns, of course. What they toss in their book bags is made of Chrome—Google Chrome, that is.

For the past several years, Google’s low-cost, high-utility Chromebooks have been the dominant computers in American schools. Effectively a browser in a no-frills box, the machines can cost as little as $150, yet perform the same functions (web browsing, email, word processing) a computer 10 times as expensive can. Right now, your kids (or their school) may be asking you to buy them one. And if you grew up visiting the library to use Print Shop, you’re probably wondering why they aren’t requesting a “real” computer, instead.

Stop Calling Google's Chromebooks Toy Computers

The Best Tools for Editing Pictures on a Chromebook

The Best Tools for Editing Pictures on a Chromebook

Chromebooks have long been touted as great machines for users who “don’t need anything more than a browser.” But as time has gone on, the machines have gotten more powerful, with more program options are available than ever before. If you thought editing photos from a Chromebook wasn’t possible, it’s time to give it another look.

Now, I’m not suggesting you’re going to replace your Windows PC or Mac with a Chromebook for graphic design work, because that just ain’t gonna happen. What I am suggesting, however, is that for light-to-moderate photo editing jobs, you might be remiss to not at least consider a Chromebook. There are more options out there than you might think, and as long as you keep your expectations in check, you can have a great image editing experience on Chrome OS.

The Best Tools for Editing Pictures on a Chromebook

 

Run Android Apps on an Acer R11 Chromebook

Run Android Apps on an Acer R11 Chromebook

The Acer R11 Chromebook is a touchscreen Chromebook that flips around into a tablet. Recently Google has enabled Android apps to run on Chromebooks. This capability is not standard on Chromebooks yet and currently only available for selected models. I really like my Acer R11 convertible Chromebook. The device works really nice. I like how the keyboard feels and the trackpad is my favorite of any Chromebook I have used. The touchscreen is very responsive. The screen has a 360° hinge to allow it to rotate into a tablet. You can also rotate it various degrees in order to create a display or tent display. Android Apps Chromebook.

Run Android Apps on an Acer R11 Chromebook

How To Configure Your Chromebook For Ultimate Security

How To Configure Your Chromebook For Ultimate Security

A Chromebook is already an ultra-secure computer straight out of the box. Because it doesn’t run a traditional operating system and takes advantage of various Google-powered security measures, Chrome OS is well-guarded against the evils lurking out there on the web.

But you can always do more, particularly if you want to minimize traces of your Internet wanderings, or prevent your every online action from contributing to an advertising profile.

You may share a Chromebook with others or desire a setup that’s impervious to the latest security threats. Perhaps it’s time for a little de-Googling in your life, as the Mountain View giant can collect a lot of information about you.

How To Configure Your Chromebook For Ultimate Security

Chrome OS and Chromebook User Guide

Chrome OS and Chromebook User Guide

If you are a Google Chrome user, you already know how to use Chrome OS and Chromebooks. This is my attempt to make things even more easier for you by providing a comprehensive user guide to Chrome OS.

Contents
1 The Chromebook User Guide
2 Getting Started With Chromebook
3 Signing In
4 Change Wallpaper
5 Take Screenshots
6 Change Screen Resolution
7 Basic Tasks
8 Stop Chromebook From Sleeping
9 How To Add a New Bluetooth Device To Your Chromebook
10 How to Change Owner Of a Chromebook
11 How to Powerwash Chromebook Without Logging In
12 Productivity on Chromebook
13 Tweaking Your Chromebook
14 Understanding Chrome OS and Chromebooks
15 Managing Your Chromebook
16 Troubleshooting Issues With Your Chromebook
17 Chromebook Security
18 Advanced Tips for Power Users
19 Make The Best of Your Chromebook
20 Chromebook How To Videos

Chrome OS and Chromebook User Guide

The Life of a Chromebook

The Life of a Chromebook

Ask a public school administrator about a cost effective way to try to go 1:1 in a school, and the odds are a good many of them will say to buy Chromebooks.  We had the privilege of being asked to come to a school to pioneer paperless classrooms. We were always known as those teachers who were out there, dancing around the room, doing whatever we could to keep kids engaged. We were also known as those who were always looking for new ways to engage students. To us, this sounded perfect.

As our new school year started, we had our carts full of Chromebooks, we had plans, we were ready to roll. While there were certainly people who were naysayers, we were fortunate. We had tons of support. We had great administrators, a great tech director, and a great group of technicians that did their best to keep us up and running.

The Life of a Chromebook

10 Awesome and Surprising Ways You Can Use Google Docs in the Classroom

10 Awesome and Surprising Ways You Can Use Google Docs in the Classroom

As a teacher, you probably know about Google Docs. You’ve probably even been using pieces of it for years! But there’s a lot more to it than just sharing documents and having an easy, cloud-based solution for your classroom. Over the years, I’ve gotten to learn about some pretty sweet features that have made my life as a teacher easier. These functionalities are built into Google Docs, and they are fantastic. Even though they might not be on your radar, take a look. You’ll be glad you did!

1. Template Gallery

Why start from scratch when you could use a well-designed template? Whether you want to use Google Docs to draft your course syllabus, design a student certificate, formalize teaching notes, or plan a project for students, it’s almost for sure you can find a template for that. Template Gallery is the place to go. In fact, there are hundreds of beautiful templates here for you to choose from. You can preview a template or use it directly, and it will open as a new file in Google Docs. This feature is often overlooked but isn’t exactly hidden.

10 Awesome and Surprising Ways You Can Use Google Docs in the Classroom

Chromebook Antivirus And Chrome OS Security Measures

Chromebook Antivirus And Chrome OS Security Measures

Today we got an email from a reader who recently switched from Windows to Chrome, asking us what Chromebook antivirus solution works best for his new machine. As I searched the web, I found that users that are not yet familiar with Chrome are constantly asking if their Chromebook needs an antivirus solution. Even though there is a quite short answer to this question (No), I would like to go a little bit into further detail regarding how exactly these types of machines are protected by Google and what supplementary steps an average user can take, in order to keep certain kind of threats away.

How Google removed the need of a Chromebook antivirus software.
As I stated above, there is no need to install any antivirus software on your Chromebook. But why is that? According to Google itself their operating system uses a security algorithm called “defense in depth”, meaning that any threat to the OS that manages to bypass one layer of defense, find itself blocked by the next one located below the first one. Even though it is considered one of the most secure operating system up to date.

Chromebook Antivirus And Chrome OS Security Measures

10 New Ways to Get More Done With Google

10 New Ways to Get More Done With Google

More than 3.5 million paying customers use Google’s G Suite to collaborate in real-time at work, and Google just introduced a slew of new features to help them. Here are ten solid tips from Google on how to get the most out of G Suite.

1. Name versions of a Doc, Sheet or Slide.
G Suite customers can now name a version of a document, spreadsheet or presentation to denote which rendition it is. For example, you may label it as “Version 1.0,” “Version sent to client,” “Version w/ accepted edits,” use the date, your name or mark it as final. This will help teams clearly communicate where a Doc, Sheet or Slide currently stands. This feature is now “Version History,” formerly called “Revision History,” and can be accessed by selecting “File > Version History > Name current version.” Customers may also benefit from the ability to view only named versions, to quickly jump through labeled versions.

10 New Ways to Get More Done With Google