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What is a Chromebook? Why is it the Perfect Computer for Parents & Grandparents?

Simple and secure, the Chromebook makes getting things done in and out of the classroom, at work, or at home quick, easy, and affordable. Chromebooks were introduced in June 2011. In just a short time they now comprise 58% of the computers used in K-12 school classrooms. For the parent or grandparent, this relatively inexpensive computer is far easier to use than a full-featured Windows or Mac computer would be.

They’re effectively impervious to viruses. They can use Voice commands: You can say “OK, Google” from the launcher to invoke Google’s voice-powered assistant. There is tight integration with everything Google: Gmail, Drive, Calendar and so on. That means any document created in, say, Google Docs is automatically archived to Drive. It’s like full-time, automatic backup for nearly everything the user does. The most recent Chromebooks can use Google Play to install almost all Android Apps that are available for phones and tablets.

The Virtual Chromebook Meetup

elder chromebookThis website is the home of the Virtual Chromebook Meetup. The Meetup is open to any computer or technology user group or anyone interested in learning about Chromebooks.

The meetings will be announced soon and will be available live on line. The meetings will be recorded and those recordings will be available on this website.

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MagicJack

My Chromebook is a Phone

Today, I made my Chromebook a phone. I can dial out to any phone and receive calls just using my Chromebook and an Android App from MagicJack . Not only can I use it as a phone, I can also message with the app as well.
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Being Stylus

Touchscreens are everywhere. I no longer have any of my “toys” without one. My desktop computer has a 23? Hannspree touch monitor. My Dell 15? laptop, Microsoft Surface 3 and the 11? Chromebook have touchscreens. Of course, the iPad, the 2 Android smartphones, and our old iPhones are touch. Like many of my friends & neighbors, my fingers are not as easy to control and precision is not always the norm. I attend a lot of trade shows and local events where businesses have booths where they give away advertising “stuff.” Many of them now give away a stylus or a pen with a stylus. I always pick some up, to use or to share with friends.

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10 Things to Know About Chromebook Accessibility

10 Things to Know About Chromebook Accessibility

As Chromebooks become more commonplace, especially in schools where students and teachers use the popular laptop, it’s critical that Chromebooks have tools that make the web accessible to everyone. A number of new accessibility features have been added to the Chromebook with the latest release of Chrome OS, which rolled out over the past couple weeks.
Move the shelf on your Chromebook to the left or right side

Move the shelf on your Chromebook to the left or right side

If you would like more screen room on your Chromebook make sure you are logged in and right click (or use 2 fingers and press on your touchpad) and select Shelf position. You then have the option to select the left or right side.
Samung’s LTE-enabled Chromebook Plus Is Now Available

Samung’s LTE-enabled Chromebook Plus Is Now Available

Samsung’s latest Chromebook may not bring flagship specs to the table but what it does offer is the somewhat unique ability to stay connected no matter where life takes you. The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 LTE version was announced in mid-October and the November release date has arrived right on time. Apart from the built-in LTE powered by Verizon, the latest model is identical to the original Chromebook Plus V2 and you can grab one directly from Samsung today.
Samsung adds LTE to the Chromebook Plus

Samsung adds LTE to the Chromebook Plus

Samsung refreshed the Chromebook Plus over the summer with an upgraded processor and an added rear camera, and now the company is releasing an additional variant with one more improvement: LTE connectivity for browsing on the go.

Tutorials and Help for Chromebooks. Some are Original by Hewie Poplock. Some are from Google & other sources. To view all of the Tutorials Click Here

Sharing Your Chromebook

Sharing Your Chromebook

Watch this video to learn how you can share your Chromebook with…
Chromebook Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Chromebook Keyboard Tips and Tricks

Watch this video to learn how to use your Chromebook keyboard…
How to use your Chromebook Touchpad

How to use your Chromebook Touchpad

Watch this video to learn how to right click, scroll and use…
Chromebook Myths

Chromebook Myths

Watch this video to debunk the top Chromebook myths.