How to choose a chromebook

How to Choose a Chromebook? 7 Key Factors to Help You Decide

Chromebooks are lightweight personal computers which are more than capable to handle light to moderate computing tasks.

In fact, for a user like me, a Chromebook is all I need for my day to day computer use and online browsing requirements.

I gave up my 20 years of friendship with the Windows in favour of the Chromebook in summer 2014. Since then, I have been a satisfied user of the Chromebooks.

How to choose a chromebook

Chromebook Conquers Schools

How Google Chromebooks conquered schools

NEW YORK (AP) — The Google Chromebook, a type of stripped-down laptop, isn’t a practical mobile device for many people — mostly because it basically turns into an expensive paperweight whenever it can’t find a Wi-Fi connection.

Yet Chromebooks have defied expectations and made major inroads in an unexpected environment — U.S. schools.

In retrospect, that shouldn’t be too surprising. Chromebooks are cheap and easy to manage, making them popular with budget-constrained schools with limited tech-support staff. And Wi-Fi is now common enough in U.S. schools and homes to make an internet-dependent device practical for students.

Chromebook Conquers Schools

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook

Although even the youngest children are considered tech-savvy today, there exists a difference between a child who knows how to use a tablet to watch videos and a child who knows how to navigate a device for active learning.

The thought of giving 30 kindergarten students their own Chromebooks might be daunting. But for one classroom, the move yielded some surprising results for student engagement, learning progress, and for students with special needs.

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook

The 5 stages of Chromebook acceptance

The 5 Stages of Chromebook Acceptance

The first couple of generations of Chromebooks were stripped-down laptops running Google’s Chrome OS — literally, little more than the browser as an operating system — and were more hype than reality. At best they worked for kids or the tech-averse: Fine for basics like email, Facebook and YouTube but it was a major struggle to make one of them your main machine.

Now Chromebooks have had a few generations to evolve. Many have standard Intel Core processors, better file management and access to Android apps via the Google Play Store. It now feels like the category has gotten a major reboot, as seen in the excellent new Samsung Chromebook Pro.

The 5 stages of Chromebook acceptance

 

Educational Tech Mobile Learning

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is an educational blog dedicated to curating, reviewing and sharing EdTech tools and mobile apps. The purpose is to help teachers and educators effectively integrate digital technologies into their day-to-day teaching, learning and professional development.

Educational Tech Mobile Learning

Chromebooks safety malware

How safe are Chromebooks from malware?

Google has earned the right to brag a little about the security built into its browser-based Chrome OS that runs on cheap, light and increasingly popular Chromebook laptops.

As the company explains in a tech-support note, Chrome OS closes off most traditional entry points for malware. You can’t install traditional programs at all, the browser and individual pages run locked inside “sandboxed” areas of memory, and at each reboot, a Chromebook verifies that its software hasn’t been tampered with and repairs it if necessary.

Chrome OS also downloads and installs its own security updates automatically. And since it stores your data online, even setting a Chromebook on fire should not jeopardize your info.

Chromebooks safety malware

 

Android Apps on Chromebook

Android apps will run on all new Chromebooks

In 2016, Google announced that apps will be functional on new Chromebook laptops through the Google Play Store, raising the question of Android app security testing issues being brought to Chromebooks. The decision has now been implemented and starting from now onwards, all Chromebooks will support Android apps.

This includes new Chromebook models such as the rugged Acer Chromebook 11 N7 and Samsung Chromebook Plus. Older models of Chromebook can also be updated to support Google Play Store apps.

Android Apps on Chromebook

Chromebook as Primary work computer

Using A Chromebook As Your Primary Work Computer

So you’re thinking of replacing your laptop this year and the inexpensive Google Chromebook — a PC with the cloud-based Chrome operating system — is an enticing option.

Nine models are currently available from four manufacturers (Acer, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba). The prices range from $199 to $329, with the exception of the Google Pixel, which comes with a high-resolution display and starts at $1,299.

When evaluating purchasing a Chromebook as your primary work computer, here are a few pros and cons to consider:

Chromebook as Primary work computer

Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

10 Powerful Shortcuts for Google Chromebook Users

Chromebook is the favorite choice for laptop lovers now a days. There are several who shift from Microsoft Windows laptop to Google Chrome. But keyboard shortcuts may create a headache for them.

For example, how will you right click with touchpad ? Or what is the shortcut for re-opening the last tab you closed ? Or How do you open task manager of Chrome ?

Confused ?
Chrome provides powerful ways to access its various functions and settings. From right clicking to pinned tabs it will work like a charm.

Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

Chromebook Classroom Podcast

The Chromebook Classroom Podcast with John R. Sowash

The Chromebook Classroom Podcast was created to highlight how Chromebooks are impacting education around the world. Season 1 features six episodes with interviews with the head of Chromebooks for Education, a tech director from Ohio, an elementary teacher who figured out how to get 5 year olds to enter their password correctly, a energetic college professor, a tech integration specialist who helped his teachers migrate from iPads to Chromebooks, and a middle school teacher who uses Chromebooks for project based learning. It’s a full season!

Chromebook Classroom Podcast