|Bringing your own device to school?
Make it a Chromebook.
Here are 5 reasons why:
Terry Korte, Edmonton Public Schools
Personal Chromebook FAQ
Google Chromebooks are quite different from other hardware because you are purchasing the hardware, operating system, and access to all of the Google Apps in one package. There are no applications to install, no drives to map, no printers to configure. Chromebooks update automatically, and because your Google Drive is on the internet,you will never need a larger hard drive.Here’s how they are different from other laptops.
Chromebooks run hundreds of thousands of available web applications. Many web applications are available as Chrome Web Apps or Chrome Extensions in theChrome Web Store and top business applications are available in the Google Apps Marketplace.
- All EPSB Google Apps including:
- Docs (Work Processing)
- Forms (Surveys)
- Other Google tools automatically authenticated with your Share.epsb.ca account:
- Picasa Photo Albums
- YouTube (including your own youTube channel)
- Gooogle Maps
- SlideRocket (enhanced presentations)
- LucidChart (Mindmapping, flowcharts, diagrams, etc)
- Many more web tools
Your EPSB Google Apps account includes 30 GB of cloud storage, so you will have room to keep all of your old presentations, documents and files on your Google Drive. MS Office files can be opened as “View Only” files on your Chromebook, or automatically converted to Google Docs format and edited. Your call. Students who move their files from their school server to their EPSB Google Drive have the added benefit of keeping those files until graduation…so when you’re in grade 12 you can take a walk down memory lane and read that book report on “Harry Potter” you did with your best friend in Grade 5!
Yes, they can handle most sites and resources on the web with theexception of applications that require Microsoft Silverlight plug-in,ShockWave or Java (e.g.Wordle, Virtual Math Manipulatives, some LearnAlberta.ca content, etc.). SchoolZone works without issues on a Chromebook.
5. Can I add software like WordQ or Read & Write Gold if I require text-to-speech and word-prediction?
This is a true cloud device. Great if you’re using Google Apps through Share.epsb.ca, but not a good option if you require specific software that isn’t available in the cloud. Applications (links to web-applications) can be added via a management control panel and are installed as links and do not require disk space. Be sure to investigate theChrome webstore for free web-based plugins such as Select and Speak (to read web pages aloud) or the Read&Write for Google (from the makers of Read&Write Gold) that may serve your needs.
Chrome devices can only print to printers using Google Cloud Print. The good news is that any printer in any EPSB school can do Google Cloud Print. It is a new technology that connects printers to the web. Using Google Cloud Print, your teacher can make a school (e.g. lab or library) printer available to you by sharing it. Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chrome device, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from.Learn more.
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You can also see this post on your Schoolzone accounts under school news.
- HP Google Chromebook 11 Sales ‘Paused’ After Overheating Charger Reports (mukeshbalani.wordpress.com)
- Google, HP halt sales of Chromebook 11 (seattlepi.com)
- 10 New Chromebook How-to Videos from Google (chromestory.com)
- Google, HP halt sales of Chromebook 11 (stuff.co.nz)
- HP Chromebook 11 Review and Giveaway (makeuseof.com)
- Acer launches affordable Chromebook C720-2848 for 199.99 US Dollars (91mobiles.com)
- ASUS plans to launch a $249 Chromebook in the first quarter of next year (thenextweb.com)
- HP and Google put sales of Chromebook 11 on hold after reports of overheating chargers (engadget.com)
- Best Buy halts sales of HP Chromebook 11; device not available at other retailers, including Google and HP – @verge (theverge.com)
- Google, Hewlett-Packard stop sales of new Chromebook to examine overheating issue on charger (canadianbusiness.com)