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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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Why You Should Buy A Google Chromebook

Why You Should Buy A Google Chromebook

Google introduced the first Chromebook in June 2011, it was the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook. It was quite expensive at the time, especially with Netbooks being all the rage in the mobile computing space. But now, in 2017, it’s the perfect time to buy a Google Chromebook, for a number of reasons. The biggest one being the fact that Chromebooks are cheap and easy to use. Not to mention there are a ton of different models available to choose from.
Adobe’s Free Photoshop Express Is the Secret to Editing Photos Like a Pro

Adobe’s Free Photoshop Express Is the Secret to Editing Photos Like a Pro

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard when it comes to photo editing software. However, it can be prohibitively expensive for many users, especially if you’re not planning to use it on a regular basis. Fortunately, Adobe offers a trimmed-down version of the package called Photoshop Express. It can’t do everything its big brother can, but it should be more than enough to give your photos some extra oomph. Better yet, it’s available in your browser, as well as on iOS and Android. Here’s how to get started with Photoshop Express and touch up your photos without paying a penny.
Online Tools

Online Tools

Here are some links to various online tools to help both teaching and learning. The online tools all work with laptops and Chromebooks unless stated otherwise. The ones that have Chrome apps available have a link to the Chrome Web Store link.
Best Android Apps for Chromebooks July 2017

Best Android Apps for Chromebooks July 2017

Support for Android apps is one of the biggest additions to Chrome OS-powered devices in recent times and even though Google has yet to roll out this functionality to all compatible Chromebooks, many of them are already able to run software that was initially designed for Android. If you happen to have one such device at hand, below you’ll find the list of the top ten best Android apps for Chromebooks which are currently available for download from the Google Play Store.

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