A Chromebook is a laptop that runs a Chrome OS (operating system). Originally, the devices were designed to be used with an Internet connection, utilizing Cloud technology like Google apps. Now there are more and more applications designed to be used offline as well.
What can you do with a Chromebook? As it turns out, a lot! They are very versatile machines that allow students to collaborate, create, and communicate both inside and outside of the classroom.
1. Browse 30 Ways to Use Chromebooks in the Classroom to get an idea of some of the ways Chromebooks are being used in the classroom.
2. If you are new to Chromebooks, or if your district is considering purchasing them, you might want to spend a little time reviewing some short tutorials for the Chromebook. Google has created a series of eight Getting Started videos for Chromebooks. These include suggestions for saving and organizing your files, sharing a Chromebook, and printing (if your district doesn’t set that up for you).
3. While Chromebooks look very similar to PCs, there are some minor differences in navigation and features that might slow you down if you are not aware of them. The Chromebook Basics Thinglink allows you to mouse over the hot links on the page to review some of the Chromebook features you may want to know about. Note: Keep in mind that your experience might be different depending on the manufacturer of your machine.
4. Next review the official Google Chromebook page with tips, tricks, and how-tos on using Chromebooks.
5. Some suggestions for Care and Feeding of your Chromebooks are listed below. If you work with students share the suggestions with your students. Check with your manufacturer’s recommendations before distributing these for any additional suggestions.
Clean with a soft, dry cloth - a little damp if needed - no sprays or windex
Be careful of getting liquids in the camera and mic
Protect the screen; don’t pile or drop heavy stuff on it, drop the Chromebook or close it with anything more than a sheet of paper inside
Keep your Chromebook out of extreme heat or cold
Let it come to room temperature before turning on
6. Be sure to follow your district’s lead by reviewing your Acceptable Use Policy, check out or assignment procedures, as well as any directions for handling devices that might be damaged or broken.
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Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
3b. Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
5a. Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
5b. Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
6a. Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.