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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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Touchscreen Chromebooks the iPad killers in schools

Touchscreen Chromebooks: the iPad killers in schools?

I have worked with all sorts of digital devices in my own classroom - desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, student cell phones and a variety of others. Hands down, the best experience for me has been Chromebooks. I’ve outlined why I choose Chromebooks for a 1:1 initiative or, as I had, for carts that stay in the classroom. I’m a huge believer in the power of G Suite and Google apps in the hands of students.
The Chromebook Crusades How to Win the War Against Technology

The Chromebook Crusades: How to Win the War Against Technology

I always knew there was a place for technology in my classroom—and not just for typing papers. Yet when my school district began to push for integrating more technology into lessons, I initially refused; I dug my heels in and said no. Why? Because no one could understand my need to have my questions answered: What will that look like? And how, in my English classroom, did I move away from using technology for substitution and use it to transform student learning?
Is now a good time to buy a Chromebook

Is now a good time to buy a Chromebook

July 2017 - See what's on sale, what's not, and what's coming soon on the Chromebook front. It's never a bad time to get a Chromebook; they come in every price range and even older models are kept up-to-date with the latest software. But some times are better than others, especially if you're looking for a great deal or wanting to get the latest model. What you're looking for will also affect when you should buy. Buyers looking for a good deal on a current model or a better deal on an older model can usually find something that ticks the right boxes, but certain times of the year will bring bigger sales and lower prices. Of course, if you're waiting for the latest and greatest, it makes sense to wait if it looks like a new model is going to be released soon.
10 Productivity Apps Every Chromebook User Needs

10 Productivity Apps Every Chromebook User Needs

Chromebooks are quickly becoming the productivity laptop of choice for millions of people around the world. The operating system has overtaken both Windows and macOS in schools, businesses are issuing them to more and more employees, and they’re becoming an increasingly frequent sight among commuters. Sure, you can’t do heavy-duty tasks that require specialist apps. But for most people, the selection of Chromebook-specific productivity apps in the Chrome Web Store is more than sufficient. If you’ve just bought a Chromebook for the first time and you’re wondering which apps you should install to get started, keep reading. I’m going to introduce you to the 10 best productivity apps for your Chromebook.