Entries by Hewie Poplock

Adobe’s Free Photoshop Express Is the Secret to Editing Photos Like a Pro

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard when it comes to photo editing software. However, it can be prohibitively expensive for many users, especially if you’re not planning to use it on a regular basis.

Fortunately, Adobe offers a trimmed-down version of the package called Photoshop Express. It can’t do everything its big brother can, but it should be more than enough to give your photos some extra oomph. Better yet, it’s available in your browser, as well as on iOS and Android. Here’s how to get started with Photoshop Express and touch up your photos without paying a penny.

Online Tools

Here are some links to various online tools to help both teaching and learning. The online tools all work with laptops and Chromebooks unless stated otherwise. The ones that have Chrome apps available have a link to the Chrome Web Store link.

Best Android Apps for Chromebooks July 2017

Support for Android apps is one of the biggest additions to Chrome OS-powered devices in recent times and even though Google has yet to roll out this functionality to all compatible Chromebooks, many of them are already able to run software that was initially designed for Android. If you happen to have one such device at hand, below you’ll find the list of the top ten best Android apps for Chromebooks which are currently available for download from the Google Play Store.

The Value Of Google For Education In Action

We worked with Evergreen Education Group answer a big and pressing question: Can we measure the impact of Chromebooks and G Suite for Education in schools? Evergreen’s discussions over 16 months with more than 100 school leaders from 6 countries was captured in a series of Impact Portraits—data-rich case studies with real school results. Their research uncovered four key factors that help schools and students flourish when adopting technology for the classroom: planning, professional learning, patience, and support.

They’re Not Just For Phones! 15 Android Apps You Need On Your Chromebook

Google opened up its Chrome OS platform a while back, bringing its massive Android ecosystem to the ultra-light operating system. That means you can install Android apps on your Chromebook, that light, little thing running on a modified version of the Chrome browser. That’s over 2.5 million apps! With that in mind, we went ahead and sorted through the Google Play store for the best Android apps for Chromebooks currently available.

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Chromebook

Are you thinking of purchasing a Google Chromebook but not sure if they are suitable for you?

To help you, I’ve listed below seven great benefits that I think may persuade you to join the growing number of Chromebook users.

From my personal perspective, I’ve been using and writing on a Chromebook for more than two years. And quite frankly – I love it!

How to Prioritize Your Preferred Wi-Fi Networks on a Chromebook

Your Chromebook automatically connects to Wi-Fi networks you’ve previously connected to. But, if multiple known Wi-Fi networks are in range, you might want to configure which one gets priority. For example, you can prioritize your home network over your neighbor’s network, which is nearby but faint.

This feature is also available on Windows 7, Windows 8 and 10, and macOS.

How to Set a Preferred Network First, open your Chromebook’s settings screen. Either click the tray at the bottom right corner of your screen and click the gear-shaped “Settings” button or click menu > Settings in a browser window.

Eve is a new convertible Chromebook being developed

So far, we know “Eve”— a new convertible Chromebook being worked on— will have a high-resolution 2400×1600 (3:2) display, a seventh generation Kaby Lake processor, and a possible fingerprint sensor. Now, thanks to some digging by the fine folks over at Chrome Unboxed, we now know that “Eve” may come equipped with a Google Assistant button.

Chromebooks Getting New Power Management Settings to Control Lid/Idle Behaviors

Control the idle and lid-closed power management behavior

After teasing Chromebook owners with the revamp of the sign-in and lock screens of Google’s Chrome OS operating system, Chromium evangelist François Beaufort shared a new upcoming feature that resides in the Chrome Canary channel.

The developer shared today on his Google+ page a screenshot of what it would appear to be new Power settings for controlling the power management behavior when the lid is closed and when your Chromebook computer is idle. For example, you can finally choose to keep your Chromebook awake when the lid is closed, or just set it to go to sleep, which is currently the default action.

12 Good Chromebook Apps for Teachers

If you are using Chromebook in your instruction you may want to have a look at the app collection below. These are apps you cam use to perform a wide variety of tasks some of which include: record and share notes, speak voice memos, annotate and transform video content into interactive learning experiences, turn your slides into engaging presentations by adding interactive elements, easily record and edit videos, access a huge library of resources and tools to use with your K-12 students, and many more. Check them out and share with us your feedback. Links to the apps are under the visual.