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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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Chrome OS 60 Is Here For Most

Chrome OS 60 Is Here For Most

Right on schedule, Chrome OS 60 has begun rolling out to Chromebooks and Chrome devices around the globe. The latest version of Google’s desktop OS brings with it a few enhancements and new features including: Improved support for Auto updates over cellular networks - Location and Timezone selection enhancements using cell tower information - GPU Rasterization support - Device wide support for EAP-TLS Networks
Google Assistant Makes First Appearance On Chromebooks

Google Assistant Makes First Appearance On Chromebooks

Chrome OS Stable just updated to version 60 and while it brought with it some welcome enhancements, the subsequent incremental update to the Developer channel has revealed some exciting news for Chromebook users. You are probably aware of the reports that the Google Assistant will soon be coming to Chromebooks and Chrome devices. Whether through a native key, key combo or voice-activated command, Google’s virtual Assistant will become an inherent part of the Chrome OS ecosystem.
Chromebook Keyboard Cheat Sheet

Chromebook Keyboard Cheat Sheet

To capture an image of your entire screen, press the Ctrl key and the Switcher key at the same time. The image will be saved in your Files folder (in the Launcher). This is very helpful for your tech if you are having issues!
Chromebook Apps List NCCE

Chromebook Apps List from NCCE

One of the hurdles for teachers adopting Chromebooks in their classroom is finding alternatives to software they previously used on their Windows or Mac desktops or laptops, or even their iPads. While the there will be more options as ChromeOS allows installation of Android apps, that feature is not reliably available out of the box on most new Chromebooks as of July 2017, and almost no older Chromebooks. This list is a mixture of Chrome extensions, Chrome Apps, and web-based tools that help drive productivity and creativity. All of these tools have been tested by our team on both newer and older Chromebooks and are 100% compatible based on our experiences.

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