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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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Chromebooks can now be used with a Square reader

Chromebooks can now be used with a Square reader

Square is a huge deal for small businesses, as the popular credit card reader makes it easy and inexpensive to accept credit card payments. Now, Square is extending that functionality to Chromebooks. Announced in a blog post this week, Square now support the Chrome browser for payments on Chrome OS devices. This allows business owners to use the Square magstripe reader with a Chromebook (or an Apple computer) to accept credit card payments.
Acer Chromebook 514 goes official w/ slimmer bezel

Acer Chromebook 514 goes official w/ slimmer bezel

Acer is one of the biggest names in Chromebooks today, and the company has some really solid options on the market. Now, a revamp of the company’s popular Chromebook 14 has gone official with the Acer Chromebook 514. Announced at IFA 2018, the Acer Chromebook 514 is the latest addition to the company’s wide selection of Chrome OS laptops. It bridges the gap between smaller 11.6-inch and 13-inch machines without being as unwieldy as full-size 15.6-inch laptops.
What to look out for when buying a Chromebook

What to look out for when buying a Chromebook

Chromebooks are just like any other tech products - some are good, and some are not so good. While they avoid some of the pitfalls of Windows laptops, like spinning hard disks and bundled malware, you still have to deal with potentially under-powered hardware or a lack of support for certain features. This guide highlights what you should avoid when buying a Chromebook, especially older models that often appear as refurbs at major retailers, or used on sites like eBay and Swappa.
Chromebook hacks help the student body

Chromebook hacks help the student body

Want to know how to take a screenshot of your Chromebook’s screen? Or how to split the screen in order to see two tabs side by side? Or even how to use the Chromebook to help you win that popular in-class game on campus, Kahoot? Incorporated in the 2016-17 school year, Google Chromebooks have made an impact on Sunny Hills students’ education during their in-class activities.

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