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

Original Article Appeared on 01/16/2016

7 Can’t-Miss Chromebook Apps & Extensions

7 Can’t-Miss Chromebook Apps & Extensions

Chromebooks have taken the U.S. classroom by storm. According to market research firm, FutureSource Consulting, the Google Chrome operating system is now 58 percent of school-purchased mobile devices in 2016.

Schools are purchasing more devices overall, and in the U.S. there is about one device for every four students. A number that is expected to keep growing reports FutureSource.

With an expansive library of Chromebook applications, it can be overwhelming to decide. We pulled together a few apps and extensions you might consider for your classroom.

7 Can’t-Miss Chromebook Apps & Extensions

Original Article Appeared on 03/10/2017

Take a photo with your Chromebook

Take a photo with your Chromebook

Take a photo with your Chromebook

To take a photo with your Chromebook’s built-in camera:

  1. If you haven’t yet, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  3. Click Camera Camera.
  4. To take a photo, click the red camera Take a picture.

You can also:

  • Take photos with a five-second timer: Click Timer Toggle timer.
  • Take three photos in a row: Click Multi-shot Toggle multishot.
  • Switch between cameras: If your Chromebook has two built-in cameras, you can switch between them by clicking Switch camera Switch camera.
  • Add filters and effects: Choose one from the bottom of the screen. To show the filters, click Filters Toggle filters.
  • Flip image from left to right: Click Mirroring Toggle mirroring

Take a photo with your Chromebook

Holiday Gift Guide Best Google Chromebooks

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 – 2018: Best Google Chromebooks & Android Tablets

Ever since Chromebooks first launched, they have been on an upward trajectory gaining higher rates of adoption and more market share each year. At the same time, tablets have been seemingly on the decline with each year resulting in less demand at a consumer level. Although that has not stopped manufacturers from releasing new models each year. In fact, over the last year or two the line between Chromebooks and tablets has blurred massively with Chromebooks taking on more tablet features and even gaining Android app compatibility. Which now means that regardless of whether you are looking for a Chromebook or a tablet, there are plenty of options now available.

On the Chromebook side of things, this is a market that is literally bulging with choice at the moment. Some are available at rock bottom prices like the Samsung Chromebook 3 which offers a solid user experience and build quality, while others come with a wealth of premium specs and features at a much higher cost – like the $999 starting price for the Google Pixelbook. In spite of its high price, for those looking for the absolute best in class Chrome OS experience the Pixelbook is the one to go for.

Holiday Gift Guide Best Google Chromebooks

Original Article appeared 11/07/2017

Google Launches New Chromebook YouTube Channel

Google Launches New Chromebook YouTube Channel

Google has been rather busy marketing their own hardware as of late and the #madebygoogle brand is becoming more and more visible in the consumer market. Since the launch of the latest Pixel phones, Pixelbook and all their other Googley products, the Google Store has separated itself from most of the third-party stuff that once resided there.

A new round of Chromebook videos have surfaced and are currently running on network television channels everywhere. These new videos beckon to users who are “over the old way of doing things.”

Google Launches New Chromebook YouTube Channel

Original Article Appeared 11/07/2017

 

Dashlane universal password manager comes to Chromebook

Dashlane universal password manager comes to Linux, Chromebook and Microsoft Edge

Dashlane, a popular password manager that now reaches 9 million users, is launching today on Linux, Chromebook, and in Microsoft Edge for the first time. The company before required users to install its desktop software to work with web browsers, but with today’s release of Dashlane 5, the software is available as an extension that works directly in the browser. The update also includes other improvements for mobile, like support for Face ID on iPhone X and automatic app logins on Android.

Dashlane universal password manager comes to Chromebook

Original Article appeared 11/02/2017

Skype for Chromebooks

Skype for Chromebooks

One of the most requested apps for Chromebooks over the years has been Skype. Many people use Skype for chatting or talking with their friends, family, and work contacts. Until recently, the lack of Skype for Chrome OS was a real deal breaker for many. However, it’s now possible to use Skype on your Chromebook in two different ways.

Install Skype from Google Play Store and Skype for Web …

Skype for Chromebooks

Original Article Appeared 10/29/2017

How to Unlock Your Chromebook with an Android Smartphone

How to Unlock Your Chromebook with an Android Smartphone

One of the newest features to come to Chrome OS is the ability to unlock your computer using your Android smartphone. Setting it up is pretty straightforward, only requiring that you have both devices in hand. When finished, you will be able to get into your Chromebook by merely unlocking your phone…

How to unlock your Chromebook with an Android smartphone…

How to Unlock Your Chromebook with an Android Smartphone

Original Article Appeared 11/1/2017

How to Take Screenshots on a Chromebook

How to Take Screenshots on a Chromebook

While it can be incredibly easy to take screenshots on smartphones, a little more work has to go into capturing portions of your Chromebook’s display. The good news, though, is that once you learn how to take screenshots, the process is pretty hard to forget and takes just seconds to do…

How to take a screenshot of your entire display
How to take a partial screenshot
How to take a screenshot in tablet mode
How to edit a screenshot
[Read more…]

How to Take Screenshots on a Chromebook

Original Article Appeared 11/2/2017

Chromebook is Secure - Not Junk

Chromebook is Secure – Not Junk

I was deeply disturbed to read a recent letter to the editor which used my name in the headline yet primarily focused on the author’s achievements and the alleged pitfalls of the 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Our district has worked hard to thoughtfully roll out a 1:1 initiative where all students in grades 6-12 are given a Chromebook to use and our students in grades K-5 have access to a Chromebook while in class. Our administration worked tirelessly to marry the technological needs of our students with security and social concerns. The initiative was the outgrowth of teacher, student and parent feedback piloted over several years.

Chromebook is Secure - Not Junk

Article Originally Appeared 11/1/2017