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Agenda Meet the Chromebook’s Hardware Features Google Accounts Wireless Network Connectivity and Login Procedures Initial screen after logging into Chromebook What a Chromebook CAN do What a Chromebook CANNOT do All About Apps and App Access Learning with a Chromebook
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Chromebook Hardware Specs 3.3 lbs 6-8 hours continuous use on full charge Boots in 10 seconds, resumes instantly LED Display: 12.1”, 1280x800 resolution, non-glare 45-degree lid angle USB ports Swipe gestures Stereo speaker Headphone jack Built-in Microphone Built-in Web Cam Connect to VGA ports via dongle adapter TouchPad w/gestures Power Button SD card slot Search button
Google, Chrome, Chromebooks, What?????? Chrome is a web browser just like Firefox and Internet Explorer. You do not have to use Chrome, but its recommended. Google is a web page that searches. You can access Google on any browser, but viewing Google on Chrome is most logical since they’re from the same company and play well together. A Google account lets you save your bookmarks, apps, and documents to access online at any time from any net device. All staff and students have MASD Google accounts: – Google username is same as your Groupwise address. – Personal Google accounts vs. School Google account A Chromebook is the Chrome internet browser in laptop form. It is NOT a laptop, however!
Connecting to Wi-Fi and Logging In Power on Chromebook Wait seconds for connection to the wi-fi network Login screen should appear. Use your MASD Google account login (see previous slide rules about usernames/passwords) ALERT! If error messages pop up, WAIT patiently for up to two minutes for the login screen to appear. The Chromebook could be updating itself!
Chromebook’s DESKTOP Contains: – Launcher bar Chrome browser icon opens new tab No GMAIL on MASD Chromebooks! Google, YouTube, current window icons – Apps Launcher Icon App Pages App Search
Chromebook’s DESKTOP (cont.) – Status / Settings Area Battery Indicator User info Sign Out / Lock Workstation / Power Off area Settings (many are controlled by MASD admin; Chromebook clears settings with each new user login) – Windows with Window Control Drag and dock windows to sides Minimize/Maximize Windows Resize Windows manually – Desktop Wallpaper Change in Settings, but likely will revert after logoff.
What a Chromebook CAN Do Most all work done in Chrome browser. View PDF files. All Bookmarks, Data, Bookmarks Bar, and App settings stored in the cloud. Some data can also save to an SD card. – Much is saved to Google Drive account. – Control-O to access file manager when Chrome is open. – ALERT! In the File Manager screen (Ctrl-O), the Downloads area is wiped after each login. Never save a file to the Downloads area. Surf web in any wi-fi environment. Start up fast and last a LONG time! Download updates automatically upon login. Built-in Security and Antivirus. Full Keyboard, Webcam, Microphone
What a Chromebook CANNOT Do Connect to Network drives (S:, H:, etc.) Connect to Printers Reliably Access any and all webcam apps (e.g. No Skype video) Access common software like Microsoft Office Open common files from the File Manager. Open files from Google Drive account to view, play, listen, etc. Open all apps just because you installed them (the MASD filter will take priority) Install specialized software programs Provide offline access when not in wi-fi zones Support Java
Apps, Apps, and More Apps! Apps are not really “apps” like on iPads. Google “apps” are really web apps. You need wi-fi! Some apps have been preloaded by admin already. Any user can install an app from Chrome App Store. Classroom management is important here. Know which apps your students are attempting to install. The MASD filter can still block an installed app! If you cannot download an app, fill out a tech ticket. In Apps List, right-click to delete app from list. Apps get stored with the user, not with the Chromebook.
Learning with Chromebooks Web research: Surf the web with Chrome! File Creation and Collaboration: Your Google Drive is connected to your login. You can save Google docs and other files to your Google Drive area and pick them up on any web-enabled device. Apps for Learning: Google App store has thousands of web apps. Explore! Google Education community! See links on MASD Google Education Help Sheets page.