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Chromebooks: Get More Info with Alt + V

IMG_4904One of the easiest ways to find out what Chrome OS version a Chromebook is on is to press ALT + V while on the logon screen. This will make the version information show up in the top right corner of the screen. On an non-managed Chromebook, you will also see the serial number. This too is helpful information.

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Why you should occasionally sign out of your Chromebook

imageSome of our schools are using Chromebooks 1:1. In these cases the assigned Chromebook is only used by one student. Some of our schools let students take them home while others do not. For these users we don’t force a log off when the lid is closed and Chromebooks remember the user the next time they log on. There are many benefits to allowing this, but one major downside. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Wipe/Reset a Chromebook

There are times when it is necessary or convenient to reset a Chromebook back to factory settings. For example, you may find that a Chromebook is not receiving the same settings applied within the Google management console even though the Chromebooks are in the same OU. You may find the last sync date to be awhile back even though the Chromebook is constantly used. Another reason may be that you want to clear all the profiles off the Chromebooks for the next semester, quarter, or school year.

Whatever your reasoning, here’s how to do it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manage Chromebook / Chrome OS Updates

about2Google regularly puts out updates for Chrome OS. If you come from the Microsoft Windows world like me, you may cringe at the thought of doing an OS update. You may wonder what’s going to break and how long am I going to have to wait before the update install is complete and I can use my computer again.

Chrome OS updates don’t work the same way as Windows updates. The updates download in the background and don’t install until the Chromebook reboots. The update happens almost instantaneously so you don’t see any slow down in the boot up time after the update. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manage Chrome Bookmarks for Students using the Google Admin Console

bookmarkWe’ve all been there. You have a group of students that you want to access a particular website. You tell all of the students the website address. You write it on the board. You create a a short link to it. You mail it out. You post it in Classroom. You spell it out spell it out like you are doing a new version of the YMCA dance, but alias you can’t get all of your students to the site and have to spend time helping individual students.

Now, don’t get me wrong, individualized instruction is a good thing, but pointing out that they are missing a period in the URL or the “N” in the short URL needs to be capitalized, is taking away from the time you have to teach your lesson. Then, what if you aren’t in the same room as the students you are teaching? They are on another campus or even working on an assignment at home. How can you make sure the students have easy access to your school website, or other important site? Read the rest of this entry »

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Setting Up Chromebooks for MAP Testing using the Google Admin Console

cbWe are back to using MAP testing again this year. With the influx of Chromebooks in many schools, it only makes sense to use them for MAP testing. NWEA has actually made this easy since they have released a Chromebook app that can be deployed to your school Chromebooks. If you are a GAFE Manager for your school (meaning you have access to the Google Admin Console) you can follow the steps below. If you are not, you’ll need to submit a Helpdesk ticket to have the app setup on your Chromebooks.

One of the best things about the MAP testing app is you don’t have to long on to the Chromebook in order to use it. So a student forgetting their password on testing day is not an issue.

Most schools currently have their Chromebooks setup in one of two ways for daily use. I’m going to call them USER MODE and KIOSK MODE. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Not To Force Install Apps on Chromebooks

chromebookFCPS now has several schools using Chromebooks so you’ll start seeing more GAFE and Chromebook posts along with iPad posts and other things I think about.

All of our Chromebooks are managed in the Google Management Console and all of our staff and students have Google accounts in our Google domain. We use the “block all apps and extensions except the ones I allow” option for all students. It is up to the district and/or school as to which apps to allow.

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