Entries by Hewie Poplock

Chrome OS 60 Is Here For Most

Right on schedule, Chrome OS 60 has begun rolling out to Chromebooks and Chrome devices around the globe. The latest version of Google’s desktop OS brings with it a few enhancements and new features including:
Improved support for Auto updates over cellular networks – Location and Timezone selection enhancements using cell tower information – GPU Rasterization support – Device wide support for EAP-TLS Networks

Google Assistant Makes First Appearance On Chromebooks

Chrome OS Stable just updated to version 60 and while it brought with it some welcome enhancements, the subsequent incremental update to the Developer channel has revealed some exciting news for Chromebook users.

You are probably aware of the reports that the Google Assistant will soon be coming to Chromebooks and Chrome devices. Whether through a native key, key combo or voice-activated command, Google’s virtual Assistant will become an inherent part of the Chrome OS ecosystem.

Chromebook Keyboard Cheat Sheet

To capture an image of your entire screen, press the Ctrl key and the Switcher key at the same time. The image will be saved in your Files folder (in the Launcher). This is very helpful for your tech if you are having issues!

Chromebook Apps List from NCCE

One of the hurdles for teachers adopting Chromebooks in their classroom is finding alternatives to software they previously used on their Windows or Mac desktops or laptops, or even their iPads. While the there will be more options as ChromeOS allows installation of Android apps, that feature is not reliably available out of the box on most new Chromebooks as of July 2017, and almost no older Chromebooks. This list is a mixture of Chrome extensions, Chrome Apps, and web-based tools that help drive productivity and creativity. All of these tools have been tested by our team on both newer and older Chromebooks and are 100% compatible based on our experiences.

The 10 Most Compelling Benefits of Chromebooks

Everyone has different requirements and expectations from their computers. However, if you are like me and have been searching for an inexpensive secondary computer that is portable enough for travel, yet powerful enough for work, you may want to consider these ten benefits of a Chromebook and decide if it’s right for you.

GlobalLee for Parents Chromebooks 101

GlobalLee is a District initiative that incorporates 1:1 computing, modern collaboration tools, digital content and new instructional strategies to provide teachers and students a state-of-the art toolkit to enhance instruction. Students in grades 6-12 utilize Chromebook computers and a robust set of software and digital content solutions for engaging, interactive, and collaborative activities.

Parents, be sure to watch the video below “Using the Google Chromebook 101”, and read the Parent & Student Guide and Frequently Asked Questions.

Touchscreen Chromebooks: the iPad killers in schools?

I have worked with all sorts of digital devices in my own classroom – desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, student cell phones and a variety of others.

Hands down, the best experience for me has been Chromebooks. I’ve outlined why I choose Chromebooks for a 1:1 initiative or, as I had, for carts that stay in the classroom. I’m a huge believer in the power of G Suite and Google apps in the hands of students.

The Chromebook Crusades: How to Win the War Against Technology

I always knew there was a place for technology in my classroom—and not just for typing papers. Yet when my school district began to push for integrating more technology into lessons, I initially refused; I dug my heels in and said no. Why? Because no one could understand my need to have my questions answered: What will that look like? And how, in my English classroom, did I move away from using technology for substitution and use it to transform student learning?

Is now a good time to buy a Chromebook

July 2017 – See what’s on sale, what’s not, and what’s coming soon on the Chromebook front. It’s never a bad time to get a Chromebook; they come in every price range and even older models are kept up-to-date with the latest software. But some times are better than others, especially if you’re looking for a great deal or wanting to get the latest model.

What you’re looking for will also affect when you should buy. Buyers looking for a good deal on a current model or a better deal on an older model can usually find something that ticks the right boxes, but certain times of the year will bring bigger sales and lower prices. Of course, if you’re waiting for the latest and greatest, it makes sense to wait if it looks like a new model is going to be released soon.