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Touchscreen Chromebooks: the iPad killers in schools? iPads were a force in education.

Touchscreen Chromebooks: the iPad killers in schools?

But with Chromebooks that have keyboards, touchscreens and apps, that all may change. (Image of Acer R11 used by fair use.) I have worked with all sorts of digital devices in my own classroom — desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, student cell phones and a variety of others. Control Alt Achieve: Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the New Google Earth. Google Lit Trips have been a popular learning activity for many years.

Control Alt Achieve: Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the New Google Earth

With the new version of Google Earth, they are now available for Chromebooks! If you are not familiar with them, a Lit Trip plots locations from a novel on Google Earth to create a 3D geographic tour of the story. At each location the Lit Trip can also include annotations, web links, images, videos, activities, and more, all related to that part of the story. This is a great way to put students in the story, helping them see where the events took place, and bring the story to life. Control Alt Achieve: Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the New Google Earth. 10 Google Drive Activities Teachers Can Do Using Chrome Apps. March 5, 2017 Upon the request of some of our readers here in EdTech and mLearning. we went ahead and created the infographic below which you can download and share in PDF format from this link.

10 Google Drive Activities Teachers Can Do Using Chrome Apps

The visual is based on our post '10 Practical Digital Activities Teachers Can Do on Google Drive Using Chrome Apps'. Each activity is realized through a selected number of Chrome apps. We only featured apps that are integrated with Google Drive. Switching to Chromebook: 8 Apps to Replace Your Desktop Favorites. I recently acquired a Chromebook and I couldn’t be happier.

Switching to Chromebook: 8 Apps to Replace Your Desktop Favorites

The device itself is incredibly lightweight and portable yet robust with superb performance (Acer Chromebook 14 for Work in case you were wondering). It makes me want to work, which explains the huge boost to my overall productivity. Acer Chromebook for Work, 14" Full HD, Intel Core i5, 8GB Memory, 32GB Storage, Google Chrome, CP5-471-581N Acer Chromebook for Work, 14" Full HD, Intel Core i5, 8GB Memory, 32GB Storage, Google Chrome, CP5-471-581N 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor 2.3GHz Buy Now At Amazon $600.00 Of course it hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows, especially during the first week.

Chromebooks are making a huge comeback in 2017. 8 Ways to Create Videos on Chromebooks. A couple of days ago Tony Vincent Tweeted my list of tools for creating videos on Chromebooks.

8 Ways to Create Videos on Chromebooks

That list was last updated in November. Tony's Tweet prompted me to update the list again. The notable differences between this list and the last one is that I've removed Wideo because that service no longer offers any free options for teachers or students. Clever. Why a Chromebook isn't the same thing as a budget laptop - CNET. Android Apps for Chromebook: Hands-On Review. Google Play is rolling out onto Chromebooks, meaning the web-only operating system will soon offer millions of local applications.

Android Apps for Chromebook: Hands-On Review

Three devices currently offer Android apps for users brave enough to switch to Developer builds of Chrome OS — the Asus Chromebook Flip, the 2015 Chromebook Pixel, and Acer’s Chromebook R11. As it happens, I recently reviewed the Chromebook R 11, and Digital Trends still has it kicking in our closet full of laptops. Jealous of all the cool screenshots I saw on Twitter, and curious about how well Android apps work on the platform, I decided to switch the OS to Developer builds and take a look for myself. Android apps are the new normal When I started up the latest development build of Chrome OS, one thing stood out: Google sees Android apps as the future.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. You can browse and download apps. 10 essential Chromebook keyboard shortcuts you need to know. Getting to know your Chromebook's keyboard can save time and make you more productive.

10 essential Chromebook keyboard shortcuts you need to know

If you're one of those people who want to keep their hands on the keyboard when they're sitting in front of a computer — I know I am — then you need to check out the keyboard shortcuts built into your Chromebook. There are over 100 different things you can do with the keys alone. You can access menus, start apps, switch between things, check your notifications and do just about anything you would ever need in the browser using a combination of the modifier keys (Control, Alt, and Shift) combined with other keys. Some of them you already know because they are universal across most things with a keyboard, like copying text with the Control + v key combo. 9 reasons your next PC should be a Chromebook. Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back) I’ve always been a Windows guy, at least as long as I’ve been working for MakeUseOf.

Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back)

Windows 95, Windows ME, XP, Windows 7… like many of you I’ve adopted, studied the OS, adapted, and eventually learned to love each of them for different reasons. Are you curious to know why as of today, I’m a Chromebook guy? There are plenty of reasons you may consider switching your OS of choice. If you’re like me, you might have considered trying out a Linux distro or two that looked most like the latest Windows OS, but never had the courage or the time to try.

Maybe you even considered switching to a Mac. I personally couldn’t find the time to choose, install and test a Linux distro, and after helping students working on the Mac workstations back in college, I swore that it would be the one OS I would never use. Six Tools for Creating Videos on Chromebooks. As I've written many times over the years, creating videos is one of my favorite classroom projects.

Six Tools for Creating Videos on Chromebooks

Recently, I shared some of my tips for planning classroom video projects. Shortly after publishing those tips I was asked for a recommendation for creating videos on Chromebooks. Here are some of my go-to video creation tools to use on Chromebooks. WeVideo offers the most features of any of the tools in this list. It is an online video creation tool that I have written about many times over the last few years. Wideo is a neat video creation service that allows anyone to create animated videos and Common Craft-style videos online through a simple drag-and-drop process. PowToon is similar to Wideo and is also a great tool for creating animated videos online.

Within YouTube there is a free tool for creating audio slideshows. Edit Google Drive documents offline - Chromebook Help. Using Google Drive, you can read and edit your saved Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings documents when you're offline.

Edit Google Drive documents offline - Chromebook Help

Turn on Google Drive offline To save your Google Drive documents for offline use: If you haven't already, sign in to your Chromebook. Make sure that your Chromebook is connected to the web. Open Chrome . 3 of The Best Chromebook Tools for Creating and Editing Videos. June 15, 2015 Video editing is no longer the preserve of tech geeks. The proliferation of web based tools makes it super easy for anyone with rudimentary knowledge to embark on editing and creating beautiful footages.

We have already reviewed several of these tools in previous posts but today we are featuring 3 excellent applications specifically for Chromebook users. These are among the easiest and simplest video editing tools available for teachers using Chromebooks. Some of the features provided by these tools include: add text and captions to your videos, split long clips into smaller ones, trim video clips, add soundtracks and hyperlinks and many more. 1- YouTube Video Editor YouTube Video Editor is definitely one of the best and easy tools you can use to edit and create new videos. 2- WeVideo- Video Editor and Maker.

10 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Chromebook Owner Should Know. Do You Know These? So you own a Chromebook — but do you know how to use it like a pro? Just like Windows and Mac OS X, Chrome OS supports a variety of keyboard shortcuts. Some of these reveal extra functionality, some simply speed up repetitive tasks. In the rundown below you’ll find ten shortcuts we think are worth knowing about. 100 Best Chromebook Tips, Tricks and Time Savers. Getting started with a Google Chromebook is very easy so is being a normal Google Chromebook user.

But to be a power user, you need to know some tips, tricks and secrets. Here is a few to get you started! Towards the end of the list you will find tips mostly found on development channel or beta channel of Chrome OS. So if you are using stable version of Chrome OS and find a feature not working, do not worry, it will be there in few weeks time when Chrome team updates stable version.

Thanks everyone who shared these tips on various forums and communities. Extensions and Web Apps - Chromebook Classroom. Run Google Earth on Chromebook. Chromebooks in school: How to pick the best laptop for any student. Tim Ebbeck admitted that while he is an accountant by trade, his skills are ubiquitous, which is why it's possible for him to take up top roles, including his current position as Oracle Australia and New Zealand's managing director.

"I think it lets you really move across industry, and even in the technology game I find it useful that at the end of the day, no one wakes up in the morning and thinks about, 'I want to buy technology'; they're usually after business outcomes, because generally, it's articulated into the common language: Money. If you can talk in that language, then you're doing OK," he said. Ebbeck was appointed to the role just over 18 months ago. He admitted that he was brought in to "disrupt" the 38-year-old company, which has lately been attempting to hurl itself into the cloud business while it continues to witness its on-premises business shrinking. Despite the economic pressures, Ebbeck said SAP's local business doubled between 2008 and 2011. The Chromebook as Signifier.

The Chrome OS Challenge: A New User's Day on a Chromebook. We’ve written plenty about Chromebooks at MakeUseOf, and by following their progression it’s easy to tell how much these devices have evolved. From the humble Chrome browser shell to today’s full-featured OS that allows you to do quite a bit, the Chromebook is a serious contender in the laptop-lite world. However, how does it stack up for someone who’s used to a Windows or Mac setup? 4 Chromebook Trackpad Tips That Will Blow Your Mind.