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Provide Support With Chrome Remote Desktop

1‘Tis the season to provide family tech support. Christmas is almost here and many people will be getting new tech devices. Some will be adding laptops and I hope many will be getting Chromebooks. Are you responsible for any technology in your school? If so, my guess is you are considered your family’s resident tech expert. That’s me in our family and I’m happy to help, but due to distance and time I can’t always come onsite. Have you ever tried to help someone over the phone and thought, if you could just see the screen you could figure out the issue? Well there are a few options in the Google-verse for providing tech support. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teachers Can Approve Blocked YouTube Videos and Channels on Chromebooks

rThere are many educational and noneducational videos on YouTube that have child appropriate content. Unfortunately, there is also a ton of videos on YouTube with inappropriate content. The technical process of separating the appropriate from the inappropriate is a lot more difficult than some may think. One change we have made recently to combat this issue on Chromebooks is to enable content restrictions. The blocking of videos is automatically done by Google. However, all FCPS teachers have the ability to allow students to watch a particular video or channel on YouTube. Read the rest of this entry »

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Testing Chromebooks in the Beta Channel

beta (1)Every few weeks I receive a notification from Google that makes me chuckle. I’m easily amused. The message says we do not have the suggested 5% of our Chromebooks in the beta channel. At last count we had just over 17,100 Chromebooks in our district.

17,100 x 5% = 855 Chromebooks in Beta channel Read the rest of this entry »

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Power On A Stubborn Chromebook

img_4110Sometimes you run into a Chromebook that will not turn on no matter how many times you try. Here’s are a few things you can try before you send it in for repair. Read the rest of this entry »

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Change Chromebook Wallpaper for Sign On Screen

wallWe’ve been able to set the wallpaper/background image for users for quite some time. Often schools would set a wallpaper that showed their school or mascot. However, until recently we haven’t been able to set the background on our managed Chromebooks that you see before a user logs on. Now you can. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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