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Chromebooks Summer 2013

Login to a computer. Start a new Google Doc.  Type:

  1. What do you think you are going to learn today? What do you already know? This can be general or specific. What do you already know about a chromebook and what it can/can't do in your classroom. What do you know about cloud computing? What are advantages and disadvantages of teaching/learning with computers?
  2. What are your goals for the day?
  3. What is Vanuatu? What did you learn about it? How did you learn this?

Essential Questions

  • How do existing technologies evolve, improve, and converge to produce new inventions that improve our lives?
  • How can the latest technologies be used to facilitate and support teaching tasks and more importantly student learning?



  1. What is cloud computing?
    1. Most of storage, processing, and program functionality is handled on web rather than machine. 
    2. Watch this video that explains the "cloud".
  2. The Chromebook itself.   A Chromebook is window to this cloudspace. Watch Google's Intro to the chromebook and here is how they explain how it works.
    1. Hardware - Flash supported, but JAVA, Quicktime, Windows Media Player, and other plugins not supported  (HTML5) Learn More....
    2. Cannot install software - no Word, PowerPoint, Excel, no installed printers, interactive whiteboard software, textbook resource CDs, etc.
    3. Does include a web cam, two USB drives, SD card slot, and HDMI plug for hooking up to TVs, projectors. These do not hook up to our ceiling mounted projectors easily, if at all. You would need to hang a cord down from the projector, or use a HDMI to VGA adapter cable ($30)
    4. Advantages of Hardware: Quick start up - ignore blue login screen Long battery life. Close lid, open lid
    5. Trackpad - 2 fingers to right click. 2 finger drag to scroll. Google's trackpad page
    6. Dock - Chrome, mail, Google Search, YouTube, Drive, Apps Clock, wireless, battery, user settings (more on this soon)
    7. Locally stored files (downloads for example) are in the file folder app. Right click on it to pin to dock!
    8. Keyboard Buttons -  Google's Keyboard Page
      1. Keyboard button: Search (magnifying glass) - look for a calculator
      2. Top Row Buttons: Forward, Back and Reload arrows. Full screen button. (Notice the three settings in the Min/Maz button. Neat Previews!) Toggle between windows button (Press Control + this button to take screen shot or Control + shift + this button to take partial screen shot), screen brightness, volume, and power button.
      3. VERY ADVANCED: In address bar, type "chrome://about" to see a list of all the advanced settings pages. Neat one is "chrome://keyboardoverlay"
  3. User Settings
    1. Click on name to change profile image
    2. Wireless connection settings and volume
    3. Wrench "Settings"
      1. Set Wallpaper to change desktop background image
      2. Get themes to change look of the browser windows themselves
    4. Battery Info
    5. "?" - to get to help screens.
    6. Click the lock icon if your walking away from computer for a minute.
  4. Customization of the Chromebook
    1. Extensions - behind the scenes programs
      1. Two of my favorite extensions
        1. Clearly
        2. Awesome Screen Shot
    2. Apps - "programs" that sit in your dock. Really, these are just links to web based software programs
      1. Some of my favorite apps
        1. Dropbox - online file storage (never put sensitive school files here)
        2. sumo paint - online image editor
        3. calculator
        4. Pandora - music
        5. Kindle Cloud Reader - read your kindle books on Chromebook
  5. Switch! Login. Fill out form. Take a break!


  1. Learn the basic tools in the Google toolbox
    1. Drive - why the name?
      1. Creating folders
      2. Searching
      3. Stars
      4. My Docs vs Shared with me. Searching and Stars are great helps.
      5. Check mark and "more" tools like "Don't show in activity list"
      6. Upload settings
      7. Download Drive for your computer (just like Dropbox)
      8. Mobile Device Users: Install Drive app on your device!!
    2. Docs
      1. "Word"
      2. Creating a new doc
      3. Sharing a file - 
        1. by URL and URL shorteners
        2. Sharing through blue Share button using usernames/email addresses
        3. Document Share Settings
        4. Idea: share with parents, mentors, friends, etc.
      4. Creating a copy of a shared google doc
        1. great for assignment templates
      5. adding comments to paper and to specific words. Chatting ideas in real time while editing
      6. document info such as word count
      7. Formatting text - titles, headings, etc.
      8. Inserting table of contents
      9. Revision History
      10. Research bar
        1. add citations! wow....
    3. Calendar
    4. Spreadsheets & Forms
      1. "Excel"
    5. Presentations
      1. "PowerPoint"
    6. gMail
      1. Different email address:
      2. Set up forwarding to GroupWise
      3. Search for similar messages is helpful tip
      4. Priority inbox
      5. App for mobile devices
    7. Sites
      1. Create Webpages
    8. Groups
      1. Allows you to share a doc with group. All members of group will get the doc!
    9. Chrome web store - 3rd party solutions
      Watch videos with ideas for using Google in the classroom.
  2. Sample Google Workflow - the paperless classroom!
    1. Create a class folder in Google Docs
    2. Create a doc within that folder. If it's a template, VIEW ONLY rights.
    3. Grab URL --> shorten URL
    4. Share URL on board
    5. Have student(s) create copy of the doc. Or have group leader create a copy, add group name, and then share with group members.  
    6. Work on assignment! At home, school, library, Mac, PC, iPad, iPod Touch - doesn't matter! Everything is always saved.
    7. As teacher, look in anytime on students as they work. Provide feedback through comments, typing in paper. Watch them work in real time. Access their work through any device - even phone while on the go.
    8. Share doc with others (type school usernames for students) to collaborate, peer edit/review, revise, present to others. If you allow the doc to be edited by anyone, than others won't even need a google account to make changes, but they will be anonymous. Some teachers have used parents to help with this.
    9. Share doc back with teacher....or
    10. Present a google presentation to class using ceiling mounted projector...or
    11. Download to Word on a computer and make it look "great" and then print it (brochure, poster for real world application)....or
    12. Check share settings of the doc and make view only, and share URL, post on website. You can have a shared google doc or use a google form as a place for kids to "post" their final docs for others to access. Tweet out the shortened URL, email out to email group, etc. to get kids real world audience....or
    13. Embed into a Google site website using Insert menu!
  3. Sample Data Analysis Project
    1. Create a form. Think about types of questions - multiple choice, choose a number allow for more data analysis than more open ended or True/False. Consider adding demographic questions so you can look at data in subcategories (boys vs girls, students vs teachers, etc.)
    2. Share the URL of the form with others. Consider using another google form, public google doc, or public spreadsheet to gather this info from the students.
    3. Have students/participants visit the public google doc to access each others forms. You could also have kids create QR code links and hang them around school/pass them out to others. The idea here is to get as many people as possible to fill out the form!
    4. Have students visit their form's spreadsheet. They can turn off the form in the FORM menu, then they can start to analyze their data. Create charts, or even a google presentation about this findings including things like MEAN, MEDIAN, MODE of data, overall trends in data, etc. They can also screen shot some of the graphs in the Summary page and add them to their presentations to talk about.
  4. Expanding outside of Google. Other Web 2.0 Sites.
    1. Try some:  
      1. Study Island
      2. Discovery Streaming
      3. Animoto
      4. Wordle
      5. Wikispaces
      6. WordPress
      7. BrainPop
      8. Glogster, etc.  Let us know what works and what doesn't! A focus of this summer!
  5. The Power of On Demand! Your competition: choose your own teacher on demand
    1. Some of my favorite channels
      1. Khan Academy
      2. Vi Hart - math girl who now works for Khan Academy
      3. vSauce - interesting videos
      4. Crash Course - kids like humor. Lots of people and backstory on each topic
      5. Tyler DeWitt
      6. Amor Sciendi - teaching through famous artwork
      7. The Tolkien Professor - Dr. Corey Olsen, Washington College, MD - talk on the Hobbit

      8. My Channel Subscriptions: 


  • How will you plan to use a chromebook? Develop a Google Implementation Plan in a Google Doc. SHARE! Share with Peers, me, etc. Get feedback.
  • Use the Chromebook to test lessons you've taught in the past. Do all the sites still work as they did on a netbook, desktop? How can you make the lesson even more paperless by leveraging the collaboration abilities of Google Docs - perhaps for some of the handouts?
  • Develop a new lesson(s) to teach on the Chromebook for use this school year. Perhaps work in a small group so you can help each other by acting like "students" to test their work flow out.
  • SUMMER GOAL: Use the Chromebook for personal and professional use. What works? What troubles do you encounter? Email Bryan with tips/tricks/issues so we can investigate and share. We'd like you to help evaluate where these devices are a good fit, where they aren't, and what issues we need to address. Great thing is we don't have to learn them in front of 30 kids, and wait 2 months for tech staff to address issues. We have time to plan ahead now! NOTE: The inability to use them with personal gmail accounts is an issue I'm working on.

What We've Learned Fall 2013

Places to find Templates

Google Template Gallery

Read Write Think site:

Essential Questions Revisited

  • How do existing technologies evolve, improve, and converge to produce new inventions that improve our lives? Example: Cars: assembly line, standardized parts, rubber tires, engines, glass, lighter and stronger alloys, etc.
    • Cloud-based environment (google drive, dropbox, facebook)
    • Wireless high speed internet access
    • Mobile, web based technologies (web 2.0)
    • Great for many tasks, but computer labs, teacher computers still required

    • Chromebook result of these technologies coming together, provide a nice, inexpensive tool for many of our daily tasks.  Idea is we want to move to device independent, one-to-one scenario with school technology where its used as naturally as any other tool: pencil, calculator, etc.   Computer labs will be specialty rooms you visit from time to time to accomplish specific tasks that occur once in a while.  That's what they have always been best for!
    • Flipped Classroom | Chromebooks not new concepts   :    Read chapter before discussing in class |  mainframe and terminal

    • What's next?  Gmail Blue, Gmail Motion, Google Nose, or Gmail Tap?

  • How can the latest technologies be used to facilitate and support teaching tasks and more importantly student learning?
    • Google ecosystem - drive, docs, spreadsheets and forms, gmail, sites, etc. Platform independent.
    • Sharing and Coordination --> Collaboration and Team Work
    • Revision History
    • Online access (google search, dictionary, calculator, converters, images, is a tab away
    • Web 2.0 tools - Wikispaces, Wordle, YouTube, WordPress Blogs, Edmodo, Moodle, Discovery Streaming, Animoto, Blabberize, etc.
    • On demand apps from Chrome store

Google Experts

Jason Suter


Hanover High School

Teaching with Chromebooks for 2 years now.

Teaches Eduspire Chromebook course (same folks who did the iPad class)

Rich Kiker

Highest Rated Google Certifies Training, who also happens to live in PA



TWITTER: @rkiker

My Favorite Training Site

GCF Learn Free

If you click EXTRAS and then take the 30 question quiz, it will help identify which lessons you will benefit from the most.