Entries by Hewie Poplock

Chromebook Comparison and 2017 Buyer’s Guide

What you should know before buying
It’s a browser!

The most important thing to know when considering a Chromebook is that you pretty much only get the Chrome web browser. There are some pre-installed apps that run offline and outside the browser (like a calculator, video player, etc.) and more third-party apps are available all the time, but most of your work will be done within a browser window. If you currently find yourself doing most of your daily work in Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer, you may be a good candidate for a Chromebook.

The Android App Revolution on Chromebooks Is Still on Hold

The Google Play Store was coming, and with it millions of Android applications that would resolve the “app gap” keeping Chrome OS from being a serious contender for many. Microsoft Office, social media applications, and even some popular games would help Chromebooks grow beyond their reputation as simple machines that are just for browsing the web.

How to use your Chromebook Touchpad

Watch this video to learn how to right click, scroll and use Chromebook touchpad shortcuts. If you run into any issues, check out the Get Help app or visit the Chromebook Help Center at support.google.com/chromebook.

20 Tips Every First-Time Chromebook User Should Know

So you’ve taken the time to consider the Chromebook’s upsides and downsides and decided to get one? Great choice! I got my first Chromebook several months ago and I’ve never been happier with a laptop. And while your mileage may vary, I’m sure you’ll be happy with yours too.

But Chromebooks do come with a learning curve. Your new device will feel weird compared to a MacBook or Surface Laptop, so give it time. After a week or so, I promise you’ll fall in love. That being said, here are several Chromebook tips and tricks to speed up that process.

1. Create Multiple User Profiles

Test your Chromebook Battery

As another school year comes to a close, many schools are packing up their Chromebooks for a 3rd, 4th or even 5th year. These older Chromebooks are likely (or will soon start) experiencing battery issues. This is a great time to check their battery health in preparation for next school year. Here’s how (there’s also a GIF at the bottom of the post):

Close all open tabs.
Open Crosh (Chrome OS Developer Shell) using Ctrl+Alt+T

Tools Worth Paying to Use

I am a big fan of free classroom tools. Most of the tools that I recommend are free. But sometimes you really should pay for the “pro” or “premium” version of a tool that you use on a regular basis.
These are the tools I pay to use.

7 Features Your Next Chromebook Must Have

Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular. They’re well recognized as being the best operating system for non-tech savvy elderly users, students love them, and according to the latest figures, they boast a massive 58 percent market share in the education sector.
How do you know what to look out for? What are the key specs and features?
If you’re about to hit the shops, read this article first. I’m going to introduce you to seven features your next Chromebook must have.
1. Android Apps Compatibility

The Future of Android on ChromeOS

Google I/O is an annual developer conference organized and hosted by Google. I/O is an important event during which Google announces features and products that are in development. Some of these products and features will make their way into the classroom.

Last year during Google I/O we learned that Android Apps would soon be available on Chromebooks. Over the past year we have seen access to Google Play on Chromebooks slowly roll out to select Chromebooks as an option beta experience.