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Chromebooks in the Classroom RCAC13


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Chromebooks and GAFE workshop slide deck. Co presenters were Andrew Bieronski and Ron Millar

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Chromebooks in the Classroom RCAC13

  1. 1. Chromebooks in the Classroom
  2. 2. This session is not an endorsement of the Chromebook but rather an exploration of the features of this product and its potential use in education. Andrew, Mark and Ron
  3. 3. The WRDSB Journey • WRDSB perspective on GAFE and Chromebooks • Current state and roll out • OSAPAC
  4. 4. Modes of Operation Mode 1 • • • Out of the box No device management Use existing/personal Google accounts Mode 2 • • Managed Devices • Centrally apply settings to control the behaviour of the devices • Chromebooks enrolled in your Google Domain Use existing/personal Google accounts Mode 3 • • Enroll devices in your Google domain Use in conjunction with the Google domain apps and user accounts
  5. 5. Chrome OS • Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system • Works mainly with web applications • The user interface takes a minimalist approach, resembling that of the Google Chrome web browser • Until recently, only application on the device was a browser incorporating a media player and a file manager • All of this subject to continuous change and improvement
  6. 6. Who Makes Chromebooks? Samsung Lenovo* Hewlett-Packard Acer Asus*
  7. 7. SSD or Hard Drive
  8. 8. Classroom Usage • limited number of units used by whole class • full class set shared by classes • 1:1 program • BYOD program
  9. 9. Chromebooks in the Classroom Pluses Pluses • Cloud Computing • Fast boot time • Long battery life • Most web apps and extensions are free • Screen size and resolution • Centralized management
  10. 10. Chromebooks in the Classroom Pluses Pluses • Automatic saving • Access documents anywhere there is an internet connection • Automatic upgrades • Not susceptible to viruses
  11. 11. Chromebooks in the Classroom Other Things To Consider Other Things To Consider • Cost ???? (purchase or rental) • OSAPAC software not available • “Standard” software not available • Dependent on a robust wireless network
  12. 12. * * with a few exceptions
  13. 13. Chromebooks in the Classroom Other Things To Consider Other Things To Consider • Batteries not replaceable (by user) ???? • Weak in multimedia • Camera “sucks” • File management • Viability ???? • Durability
  14. 14. Storage and Battery Charging Carts Cloud Craft Chrome Charging Cart Datamation Systems Security Cart Notebook storage cart and battery charger holds 36 units intelligent charging $2298 $1,156
  15. 15. Can You Run Windows on a Chromebook?
  16. 16. … but if you really want a small laptop that runs Windows (8.1), have a look at … ASUS Transformer Book T100
  17. 17. Keyboard Shortcuts All Available Keyboard Shortcuts CTRL + ALT + ? ALT + Backspace CTRL + Backspace No Delete Key next letter (forward Delete delete) Delete the previous word
  18. 18. Screenshots screenshot of full screen ctrl and screenshot of selected area of screen ctrl and shift and
  19. 19. Google Drive
  20. 20. Offline Docs
  21. 21. Storage
  22. 22. Chrome Web Store Chrome Apps are advanced interactive websites providing either a wide-ranging set of features, or focusing on a single task like photo editing or shopping. You can discover more than 30,000 free and paid apps, themes and extensions at the Chrome Web Store.
  23. 23. Chrome Web Store
  24. 24. Printing • Google Cloud Printing (Beta) • Via email to wifi enabled and online printer • tested with HP ePrint function
  25. 25. Printing Example • documents and email associated with prints to >>> ePrint capable inkjet
  26. 26. The Classroom Experience Teaching Assessment Student View
  27. 27. What students think about Chromebooks
  28. 28. Test Drive the Chromebook
  29. 29. Connecting to Wireless
  30. 30. Get Connected • Units 1-9 use ‘thing 1’ • Units 10-17 use ‘thing 2’ • Unmarked units use ‘thing 3’ • Access code = chromebook
  31. 31. Login Add User
  32. 32. New Account
  33. 33. Install an App from the Chrome Web Store Treasure Hunt • Get the link to start at •