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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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20 Chromebook Apps for Education in 10 Minutes

20 Chromebook Apps for Education in 10 Minutes

In this video, I give you a snapshot of 20 of the best Chromebook Apps for teachers from Pre-K to High School. There is an app for everyone, so make sure to watch the whole way through and think about two or three that you might want to try within your classroom! YouTube video.
Check & Manage Chromebook Storage

How to Check and Manage Chromebook Storage

If you’ve picked up a Chromebook (or Chromebox), you’ll know you don’t get very much in the way of local storage—the system is designed for the cloud after all. Still, there are times when saving files locally is a good idea (watching movies offline for example) and you want to manage those handful of gigabytes effectively. Here’s how. There are a couple of ways to see what’s taking up the storage space on your Chromebook (you typically get 16GB of space to play around with, the same as a budget smartphone). Either launch the Files app and tap the menu button (three vertical dots) or type chrome://quota-internals into a browser address bar and check that way.
Chrome book for elderly tech illiterate

Bought a Chromebook for an elderly or tech illiterate parent-relative

Sorry if this the inappropriate forum to ask this question. My father is in his middle 50s and wants to get a computer for simple browsing and emails, maybe some skype. Windows 8 is kind of a cluster and I sure as hell can't afford a mac-book. I naturally though Chromebook because he does quite well with his GS5 and I though the interface seemed similar. Folks in a similar situation how have your experiences been? Any tips or tricks? I'll be in charge of running tech support and teaching him how to use it. Anything I should look out for?
Chromebooks perfect for elderly person

5 Reasons Chromebooks are the Perfect Computer For an Elderly Person

For an older person, that could be a blessing. Although it would be remiss to suggest that all elderly people struggle with technology, there is no denying that a huge swathe of them don’t use traditional machines to their fullest, and struggle to rectify anything that goes wrong. If my mid-sixties mum is a typical example, then there will be plenty of people remotely logging into their elderly relatives’ machines on a near-weekly basis to do something as simple as delete a program or install an update. It provides me with no end of merriment and mirth at what I perceive as her incompetence, but from her side it’s immensely frustrating — she just wants to get on and use her computer, not spend time dealing with obstacles that she deems to be insignificant and unimportant. Here are some reasons, therefore, why your elderly friends and relatives should be on a Chromebook…