Entries by Hewie Poplock

New Update: Help for Teachers Going From an iPad to a Chromebook

I am a huge fan of iPads AND Chromebooks. I think both can be integrated purposefully into the classroom in ways that are very powerful to the learning experience. Both devices can accomplish almost any form of masterful technology integration, boost critical thinking, and help to make student thinking visible. As many classrooms and teachers move between the two devices, they often struggle to find similar applications – to supplement the one they came to love on the opposite machine.

To help those teachers moving from an iPad to Chromebook, here are a few ways you can use the Chromebook to do some of the great things you’ve grown to love on an iPad.

Upcoming Chromebooks: New Devices Aplenty

It’s been a while since we did a new Chromebook roundup and suffice it to say, the list is getting a tad overwhelming. Just keeping track of all the new devices currently in the works is a full-time job in and of itself.

So, we’re going to do a quick rundown of most of the current Chromebooks in development and I will be refreshing our “big ole’ list” over the next few weeks in an attempt to make it as exhaustive as possible.

Chromebooks: A Cheat Sheet

With every passing iteration of technology more and more of the things we use most move to the cloud. Google knows this, which is why it created products such as G Suite, which allow users to create, edit, and store documents online.

Chrome, Google’s market-dominating web browser, has turned into an operating system that’s unique to Google-powered laptops called Chromebooks. These budget devices run Chrome OS and are cloud-powered bargains that can help everyone get work done for a fraction of the cost of a MacBook or Windows laptop.

How To Set Up a New Chromebook

Speaking as someone who makes a living deploying and managing Windows laptops and Chromebooks , Chromebooks are awesome. Almost the entire initial setup is handled for the user automatically when they sign in with their Google account. Having said that, there are more things you can do to make your Chromebook yours after signing in.

How to use Google Docs

Whether you’re a student or a working professional, chances are you’ll need to use a document creation program at some point. Depending on your field, you may need to know one really well, or at least be able to utilize a few of its lesser-known features. Thankfully, unlike Microsoft’s renowned counterpart and some of the other alternatives, Google Drive offers a large buffet of productivity apps and features free of charge. Learning the ins and outs of Google’s answer to Word can take time, however, assuming you have no idea how to navigate the suite.

There’s no need to fret, however! This guide will walk you through the many facets of Google Docs, so you can create a document, collaborate with others, and edit your work in no time. Read on for all the details, or check out our guide on how to use Google Drive if you’re looking to make the most of Google’s entire arsenal.

Chrome OS Gains Improved Tethering, Android Support, More

Google this past week announced the release of Chrome OS 66, which adds improvements to the system’s instant tethering support, Android app capabilities, and more.

“The Stable channel has been updated to 66.0.3359.137 (Platform version: 10452.74.0) for most Chrome OS devices,” the Google announcement notes. “This build contains a number of bug fixes and security updates.”

A few functional changes stand out.

A Free Chromebook Guide for Students

My intention is to create a guide that schools can share along with new Chromebooks that they distribute to students. With that in mind, if you are a teacher or a school IT person, review the guide and drop your feedback for me, please!

This guide is completely free. You are free to make copies, share or distribute this guide. The only thing that I am doing here is adding a Google URL Shortener link, just to count the number of downloads.

Chrome OS 66 Rolling Out

Following a release to Mac, Windows, Linux, and Android last week, version 66 is now rolling out to Chrome OS. Besides media autoplay restrictions and password export, this update contains a number of small tweaks, as well as Meltdown mitigations for all Chrome OS devices.

With version 64 in January, Chrome allowed users to mute audio on a site-by-site basis to make the playback experience more consistent. Google is now continuing those efforts with new policies that govern when media can autoplay in Chrome 66.

Google’s Chrome OS Camera App Can Now Record Videos

Chrome OS is constantly evolving, but it’s still missing some core features. For a long time, that’s included a lack of video recording in the built-in camera app. Now, Google is finally fixing that.

As pointed out by François Beaufort on Google+, an update has recently been pushed out to the camera app within Chrome OS which allows users to easily record video directly from that native application.

Once the update is installed, you can simply open the app, hit the button to switch from photo to video mode, and then start recording. As with photos, the app will save videos directly to the gallery of your device.

How to Delete Apps From Chromebook

Installing apps and extensions on your Chromebook is a fairly easy process, so much so that you may eventually end up with more than you need. Whether you’d like to free up some hard drive space or are just tired of clutter in the Chrome OS Launcher interface, removing apps that you no longer need can be achieved in just a handful of clicks.