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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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New Convertible Chromebook - Eve

Eve is a new convertible Chromebook being developed

So far, we know "Eve"— a new convertible Chromebook being worked on— will have a high-resolution 2400x1600 (3:2) display, a seventh generation Kaby Lake processor, and a possible fingerprint sensor. Now, thanks to some digging by the fine folks over at Chrome Unboxed, we now know that "Eve" may come equipped with a Google Assistant button.
Chromebooks Getting New Power Management

Chromebooks Getting New Power Management Settings to Control Lid/Idle Behaviors

Control the idle and lid-closed power management behavior After teasing Chromebook owners with the revamp of the sign-in and lock screens of Google's Chrome OS operating system, Chromium evangelist François Beaufort shared a new upcoming feature that resides in the Chrome Canary channel. The developer shared today on his Google+ page a screenshot of what it would appear to be new Power settings for controlling the power management behavior when the lid is closed and when your Chromebook computer is idle. For example, you can finally choose to keep your Chromebook awake when the lid is closed, or just set it to go to sleep, which is currently the default action.
12 Good Chromebook Apps for Teachers

12 Good Chromebook Apps for Teachers

If you are using Chromebook in your instruction you may want to have a look at the app collection below. These are apps you cam use to perform a wide variety of tasks some of which include: record and share notes, speak voice memos, annotate and transform video content into interactive learning experiences, turn your slides into engaging presentations by adding interactive elements, easily record and edit videos, access a huge library of resources and tools to use with your K-12 students, and many more. Check them out and share with us your feedback. Links to the apps are under the visual.
Meet Droplet

Windows Apps On Your Chromebook Without Emulators Or VM: Meet Droplet

If that title has you wondering how this is possible, I’m afraid we won’t be able to fully answer that question yet. As unsatisfying as that is, what Droplet is claiming to be bringing to market soon is no less exciting. Their aim is larger than just Chromebooks, but in the sweep of what Droplet looks to accomplish, Chrome OS users will soon have a very powerful way of running Windows applications in Chrome OS in the future. What Is Droplet?

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