Google introduced the first Chromebook in June 2011, it was the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. It was quite expensive at the time, especially with Netbooks being all the rage in the mobile computing space. But now, in 2017, it’s the perfect time to buy a Google Chromebook, for a number of reasons. The biggest one being the fact that Chromebooks are cheap and easy to use. Not to mention there are a ton of different models available to choose from.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Article first appeared August 23, 2016
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!
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.
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.