Google Drive has become one of my essential tools. All my files are in Google Drive. With unlimited storage and easy access from any device, I put everything in Drive. At first, this was no big deal. But after about five years of heavy drive usage, it became more difficult to find and manage my files. Here are my top 10 tips for organizing your Drive account.
While Chromebooks are mostly cloud-centric machines, there are still quite a few offline packaged apps available. Sometimes, when you have a lot of those installed alongside media like music, video, and pictures, there’s not much room left. Add in Google Drive syncing, and running out of space is a real possibility — especially on the 16GB storage models.
There are a few things you can do to help if you ever hit the storage wall. Let’s have a look at some of them!
Help for Teachers Going From an iPad to a Chromebook Home
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.
Microsoft has announced the latest version of Windows, with the software giant unveiling Windows 10 S. This latest operating system is intended to be something of an affordable version of the mainstream software, aimed at lower cost computers and education-oriented PCs. As the operating system niche becomes more complicated and diverse, Microsoft is attempting to refine its strategy in order to enable Windows to retain its dominant position.
Have you ever wondered, “How can I blur student faces in my videos?” Now, there’s a simple answer to that question. YouTube has released a new feature that allows you to blur faces, meaning you can post your class videos while keeping your students’ privacy.
In this 3-Minute Classroom Problem Solver video, SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community trainer Jerry Swiatek explains how you can use YouTube to blur student faces.
One of Google’s most exciting announcements regarding its Chrome OS platform and Chromebook hardware is the support for Android apps. While Chrome OS can run Chrome browser extensions, web apps, and Chrome apps, the addition of the millions of Android apps greatly increases the platform’s value.
A handful of Chromebooks can already officially run the Google Play Store and install Android apps, including the Asus Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R11/C738T/CB5-132T, and Google’s own Chomebook Pixel (2015). If yours is one of those, then jump ahead to step one to get started.
For years laptops have been rapidly eating into the desktop marketplace, becoming the preferred version of the PC most people want to own. And why not? After all, it’s great to be able to take your entire computer with you instead of being chained to your desk with it. And when it comes to laptops there’s no denying that some of the hottest and most genre-defining have been Chromebooks–laptops which are known as a “thin client” notebooks.
But what is a Chromebook exactly? Many manufactures make Chromebooks (ASUS, HP, Lenovo) but the concept of a Chromebook itself was invented by Google, which makes it own Chromebook–the Pixel. Chromebooks are referred to as a “thin client” notebook because for the most part it relies on a constant internet connection–or technically a connection to the millions of servers that make up “the internet”–to get anything done.
Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too.
I must admit that I love my Chromebook computer. I am using it more and more every day, including right now as I write this article in Microsoft Word Online. This low-cost ($150 to $500 US) powerhouse does almost everything I ever want to do on a computer. I am also impressed with the privacy and security that the Chromebook provides.
Of all the consumer-grade operating systems available today, most security experts will tell you that Linux is the most secure of all. That is especially true of the more security-focused “distributions” of Linux, such as Tails, Security Enhanced Linux (often called SELinux, developed by the NSA’s Trusted Systems Research Group ), Ubuntu Privacy Remix (UPR), or Whonix. All of these are designed to protect your private information and to keep out spies and hackers.
I am not aware of any published studies comparing the security of Chromebooks versus any version of Linux.
Chromebooks have been with us since way back in 2011. Now, as Wi-Fi becomes more ubiquitous and web apps grow more powerful, these lightweight laptops are really taking off. The user-friendly Chrome operating system seems simple—that’s part of its appeal. But you can still uncover lots of advanced features and tricks if you know where to look—and we do.