I’ve always been an Apple guy. Way back in the early 80s, I got started on an Apple IIe and nine-pin matrix printer before spending a few years in the wilderness with a clunky HP laptop. I’ve been part of the MacBook world ever since.
And while I don’t see myself moving from my MacBook / iPad / iPhone trifecta, some recent experiences with an Acer Chromebook might open up a bit of space somewhere in the margins for a JV player. I started playing around with my Chromebook this summer and have had the chance to work with some teachers over the last few weeks. Ease of use, Google Classroom, GAFE, handy Google Store apps all make the Chromebook a nice option for both individual and instructional use.
If you and others in your district are playing with the idea of using Chromebooks or are already in the pool, here are a few goodies that might help you along:
- Transition from other computers to the Chromebook
Tips to help you move your stuff and ease into Chromebook use
- Find Apps for Your Chromebook
Need to do something specific on the Chromebook? This list provides specific apps.
- Everything You Can Do Offline
Chromebooks aren’t just for web access
- Chromebook User Guide
Handy PDF with tips
- The Google Chromebook in the Classroom
Kathy Schrock’s tips
- Chromebook Help Center
- 30 Ideas for Using Chromebooks in Education (Get the slide preso version here.)
Ed Tech and Mobile Learning tips
- Getting Started With Your Chromebook – A Free Ebook
Mmm . . . it’s free. And useful.