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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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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?
Chromebook initiative comes to Indian Creek

Chromebook initiative comes to Indian Creek

MINGO JUNCTION, OH — Pupils at Indian Creek Middle School will receive their own hardware for learning in the next school year through a new One-to-One Chromebook initiative. Superintendent T.C. Chappelear said each middle school pupil in fifth through eighth grades will be issued a Chromebook to keep and use at home and in class during the school year. The program will move into the high school by one grade level annually, and in four years the current eighth-graders will keep a computer at the end of their senior year.
Android Nougat on more Chromebooks

Android Nougat is hitting several more Chromebooks

Android apps have yet to roll out to the majority of the Chrome OS ecosystem, but as they do, Google is perfecting the formula and making the functionality feel much more native. One of the biggest upgrades to this function to date has been Android Nougat, and now that rollout is extending to several more Chromebooks. Android Nougat on Chrome OS not only gives apps running on your device access to a bunch more APIs and features, but offers up resizable windows. That’s a big deal when you’re using the machine in laptop mode as it means you can change the size of the app depending on your needs.

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