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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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Create Podcasts With Your Students On Chromebooks With These Two Free Applications

Create Podcasts With Your Students On Chromebooks With These Two Free Applications

One of the questions that I get asked more often than just about any is, “How can I record a podcast using my Chromebook?” There are many limitations to Chromebooks when it comes to recording audio and video. This is mostly due to the fact that there is no hard drive to store and convert the large media files. Where there are a few great applications for recording audio as referenced here in a recent post from Richard Byrne and Free Tech for Teachers, I wanted to showcase how two of these can be used to create not just audio recordings, but actual podcasts that can be subscribed to by your school community.
Seven More Chromebooks Get Updated To Android 7-1-1 Nougat

Seven More Chromebooks Get Updated To Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Seven Chromebooks are now receiving an update that will install Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, only three of these computers will receive the update on the stable channel. These devices are the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 11, the Samsung Chromebook Pro, and the Acer Chromebook R 13.
Android on Chromebook Edges From Fantasy Into Reality

Android on Chromebook Edges From Fantasy Into Reality

Google’s plan to bring Android apps and the Google Play Store has remained largely unfulfilled to date. But this summer, suddenly, Android support on Chromebook has accelerated. And it’s possible that Google has finally gotten on top of the problems that have plagued this integration. It started off so promising. Google announced in May 2016 that it would bring Android apps and the Google Play Store to Chromebook. At the time, it said that the integration would occur in 2016, but by the time that year ended, only a tiny number of Chromebooks could access Android apps, and then only in a very early preview. A year later, I questioned whether Google could even pull off this feat, and I openly wondered about the technical issues it must have run into.
6 Tips To Extend Your Chromebook's Battery Life

6 Tips To Extend Your Chromebook's Battery Life

Chromebooks have typically fared pretty well in the battery department, thanks to running a much less resource-intensive operating system than Windows- or Mac-based computers. Nonetheless, there are always a few tweaks you can employ to keep chugging through the end of the day. We'll show you where to dig into Chrome's settings and use workarounds if you're in desperate straits—or if you just want to optimize your Chromebook's battery life. Let's start with the simple stuff—settings that are pretty standard for saving battery life on any computer, though this may be the first time you’re learning where they're at on a Chromebook.

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