Entries by Hewie Poplock

Screencasting tools for the Chromebook

As more and more school move to Chromebooks we receive lots of requests for chrome compatible programs and applications. In a time of transition to deeper personalization, Screencasting has become one of the most popular requests. There’s power having students talk through their evidence of learning and reflection all on one screen and easily exported to their personal learning plan (PLP). Let’s look at some screencasting options on the Chromebook.

Essential Chromebook Tools And Apps For The Classroom

A while ago I created an infographic featuring 30 apps for the paperless iPad classroom. Today I’ve created a similar type of infographic but with essential Chromebook tools and apps for the classroom.

It features 18 different tools that I have used with children in my classrooms over the years that have had an impact on different areas related to learning: creativity, engagement, learning, and progress.

20 Chromebook Apps for Education in 10 Minutes

In this video, I give you a snapshot of 20 of the best Chromebook Apps for teachers from Pre-K to High School. There is an app for everyone, so make sure to watch the whole way through and think about two or three that you might want to try within your classroom! YouTube video.

How to Check and Manage Chromebook Storage

If you’ve picked up a Chromebook (or Chromebox), you’ll know you don’t get very much in the way of local storage—the system is designed for the cloud after all. Still, there are times when saving files locally is a good idea (watching movies offline for example) and you want to manage those handful of gigabytes effectively. Here’s how.

There are a couple of ways to see what’s taking up the storage space on your Chromebook (you typically get 16GB of space to play around with, the same as a budget smartphone). Either launch the Files app and tap the menu button (three vertical dots) or type chrome://quota-internals into a browser address bar and check that way.

Bought a Chromebook for an elderly or tech illiterate parent-relative

Sorry if this the inappropriate forum to ask this question. My father is in his middle 50s and wants to get a computer for simple browsing and emails, maybe some skype. Windows 8 is kind of a cluster and I sure as hell can’t afford a mac-book. I naturally though Chromebook because he does quite well with his GS5 and I though the interface seemed similar. Folks in a similar situation how have your experiences been? Any tips or tricks? I’ll be in charge of running tech support and teaching him how to use it. Anything I should look out for?

5 Reasons Chromebooks are the Perfect Computer For an Elderly Person

For an older person, that could be a blessing. Although it would be remiss to suggest that all elderly people struggle with technology, there is no denying that a huge swathe of them don’t use traditional machines to their fullest, and struggle to rectify anything that goes wrong.

If my mid-sixties mum is a typical example, then there will be plenty of people remotely logging into their elderly relatives’ machines on a near-weekly basis to do something as simple as delete a program or install an update. It provides me with no end of merriment and mirth at what I perceive as her incompetence, but from her side it’s immensely frustrating — she just wants to get on and use her computer, not spend time dealing with obstacles that she deems to be insignificant and unimportant.

Here are some reasons, therefore, why your elderly friends and relatives should be on a Chromebook…

The 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.

The Chromebook User Guide
You might also want to join the Chromebook community on Google Plus for quick help and tips from user around the world.

Getting Started With Chromebook
If you are new to Chrome OS and Chromebooks, the best place to start is my Getting Started Guide for Chromebooks. This is a quick read and covers most of the things that new users get stuck with on their first day with Chrome OS.

How to Reset a Chromebook

Wanna pass on that new Chromebook to your child or Grandma? You’ll want to reset it to factory settings by wiping all your personal data. But, you should know that you’ll be deleting your files, photos, saved networks and permissions. If you follow our directions below, you’ll then be presented with the initial sign up screens.

1. Click the menu on the bottom right of the screen. Then tap Settings.