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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Google File Stream FAQs

fs8FCPS has been testing Google File Stream for several months as part of Google’s Early Adopter Program. Now that it is available for everyone it is our recommended and supported sync client for Google Drive. File Stream works differently than the Google Drive sync client in a few ways. Below are some FAQs I’ve been asked about File Stream. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Look for Google Calendar

Use new calendar2Beginning today, there is a new look for Google Calendar. The functions and features are the same. It just looks “better” and more inline with other Google products.

I have approved the change for our domain, but left it as optional for now. The default is still the classic view. Read the rest of this entry »

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KySTE 2018 – Call for Presenters

KySTE2018If you’ve ever attended one of my trainings you know I usually open talking about the Spring KySTE Conference which is held every year in March. That is because I believe it’s one of the best education based technology conferences that KY teachers and those who support classroom instruction can attend. It’s a great event to learn by attending sessions and by networking with your peers in other districts. 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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Update Chromebooks for WIDA/DRC Testing

Several Chrome OS updates were released over the summer. These updates typically download automatically in the background while you use a Chromebook and install the next time you reboot.

However, if you are trying to use a Chromebook that hasn’t been used in awhile for WIDA/DRC testing and are getting a screen similar to this, you may want to manually update your Chromebook.

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