Guide to Chromebook Privacy Settings for Students If your child's school issued them a Chromebook, there are some important settings you can chance to improve their privacy. Be sure to also check out our Guide to Google Account Privacy Settings for Students. Open the Chromebook’s settings by clicking on your username in the bottom right-hand corner, then clicking “Settings.” Scroll all the way to the bottom, and click "Show advanced Settings..." Under "Passwords and forms"
Classroom Uses - Chromebook Classroom Sample Projects for the ChromebookStudents will use a variety of websites for Digital Storytelling. Digital storytelling allows the students to “show with they know” in a creative, digital format. Digital storytelling on the web also allows for publication and sharing of projects with a wider audience. Students plan to use Digital Storytelling for Social Studies, Reading, Language Arts and Science. A few examples of websites that allow for Digital Storytelling are listed below along with curriculum connections.Prezi: Social Studies Regions Project, End of the Year Reflections, Book ReportsAnimoto: Field Trip Pictures, Classroom Events Voicethread: Biography Poems, Small research projects, Author Studies, Poetry ShareBlabberize: Rock Research, Minnesota History research on Lumbering, Saw Milling, Farming, and Flour Milling.
Word Cloud Generators for Google Chromebooks When I attended the All Things Google conference last week, of course I brought my Samsung Chromebook, which I love! However, after speaking with +Kate Baker she enlightened me on a few things about the device. She is trying to replicate the tasks she does on her traditional laptop onto a Google Chromebook. Of course, this only makes sense, and one of the tasks she wanted to complete was to generate word clouds. Since Google Chromebooks do not run Java, Flash or Silverlight, generating word clouds was an issue. 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.
Program a Friend Activity courtesy of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Vernier Technology Lab Time: 10 – 30 minutes Grade level: 1 – 8 Summary Working in pairs, students learn basic computer programming and software engineering concepts by building an obstacle course, then steering a blindfolded friend through it by using a series of commands. They re-run the maze to improve on the “program.” Getting Ready for the HP Chromebooks The first full week at the +William Davies Middle School, I was very busy unpacking, enrolling and testing 75 HP Chromebooks to be used and shared by 6th grade students. Staff and students at the William Davies Middle School have been in a 1:1 environment for the past 4 years. However, because of the cost to maintain the netbooks, the district was not able to afford a 1:1 environment any more.
Control Alt Achieve: Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the New Google Earth Google Lit Trips have been a popular learning activity for many years. 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. Lit Trips run in Google Earth, so unfortunately for years this has meant you could not run them on a Chromebook.
Chromebooks Winning The 1:1 Device Market [infographic] If you’re in the K-12 education industry than you are no doubt familiar with the term “1:1”. School districts across the country are trying to figure out the smartest and best way to implement 1:1 initiatives in their schools, as early as kindergarten and in some cases even pre-k. 1:1 is when each student gets their own device, at least in the classroom, to participate in technology added curriculum and activity. Kajeet is an edtech startup based in the Washington DC suburbs of Northern Virginia. The company started out trying to find the best way to get phones into the hands of kids and quickly evolved into fulfilling a huge need centered around the “digital divide”, a need they call the “homework gap”. With laptops, tablets and other smart devices dominating the classrooms in schools today, Kajeet found a huge gap for these students, it was access to internet at home.
Four Free Assessment Apps for 1:1 Classrooms One-to-one technology can transform a classroom. When implemented correctly, students are engaged and excited to learn, and teachers can assess their progress in real-time. The amount of technology resources available for educators can be overwhelming. Whether your students regularly visit a computer lab, borrow a cart of laptops, or have access to a class set of iPads, there are a variety of assessment tools that are free and customizable. These online resources can be used before, during, and after a daily lesson or semester-long unit. Google Chromebook Tips I presented on Google Chromebooks to staff at the William Davies Middle School. This presentation was an introduction about the device and it covered needs of staff and students at the school. If you would like to review the presentation, click on this link.