9 Reasons to Consider a Chromebook

9 Reasons to Consider a Chromebook The tech world moves pretty fast and so do shifting opinions. If you searched for Chromebooks back in 2013, it seemed almost every stuffy article claimed they were useless and almost always missed the point entirely. By 2014 people were starting to take notice that Chromebooks were selling well, rapidly being picked up by schools, and consumers were enjoying their Chromebooks. That same year they overtook iPads in US schools. Indeed, they’re the ultimate schoo...

Essentials of a Successful 1-1 Chromebook Program

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kjarrett/6782112132/ The 4 essential elements of any successful one-to-one program Alexandra Ito shares how her district, Santa Ana Unified (SAUSD), increased access to students through a program called “Access for All,” a well-received iPad and Chromebook initiative. Through this experience, they developed a model for planning and implementation. Here’s how they got started. Establish your vision It is important that any plan to increase levels of access to tec...

Asus C300SA Chromebook Coming

Asus C300SA Chromebook Coming Asus is currently in the process of preparing to launch a new Chromebook that will be equipped with a Intel Celeron N3060 Braswell processor.  The Celeron N3060 is a slightly updated version of Intel’s Celeron N3050 chip that launched in 2015. It has the same 1.6 GHz base clock speed, but has a maximum burst speed of 2.48 GHz (up from 2.16 GHz).  It’s still a low-power chip for entry-level laptops. Spotted by Roland Quandt, the new Chromebook seems to sport ...

Google Apps Are Changing the Classroom

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10 Reasons why Google Apps are Changing the Classroom 1) Truly Collaborative Learning Through applications like Docs (Google’s Word), Sheets (Google’s Excel) and Slides (Google’s Powerpoint), children can work on documents, data projects and presentations in a live collaborative environment. Essentially a teacher can share a piece of work (in the aforementioned formats) on Drive (the google cloud based storage solution) that multiple children can access all at once. 2) Live Teacher Coll...

Acer Chromebook 14 is on it’s Way

Acer hasn’t actually announced that it’s working on a 14 inch model with an Intel Celeron N3050 processor yet, but the folks at Notebook Italia spotted an FCC listing and some online store websites suggesting that a new Acer Chromebook 14 is on the way. The notebook is said to have 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Google’s Chrome OS software, and Intel’s entry-level Braswell processor. It’s also described as having an “HD” display, which probably means 1366 x 768 pixels, given the other en...

5 Google Drive Tips

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5 Google Drive Tips Start using these lesser-known keyboard shortcuts The standard shortcuts in Google Drive (for features like cut, paste, select all, print) all work as expected, but there are other shortcuts you'll want to know. Send large files to others Many sharing services limit the size of files you can send to other users; you can get around this with Google Drive. Make use of the revision history As you make edits to your files, Google Drive retains a revision history. You can al...

Google Science Fair 2016

2016 Google Science Fair
Google Science Fair 2016 is back again and open for submissions! This year, we’re encouraging students all over the world to make something better with science. Maybe it’s making something slower or faster. Louder or larger. Whatever it is, science is how you make things better and Google Science Fair is where you do it. From pedal-powered vaccine delivery to finding new objects in our universe or increasing access to clean water, our 2015 winners asked some serious questions about the wo...

Great Free Resources for Teaching Election 2016

Great Free Resources for Teaching Election 2016: The 2016 presidential race has been a roller-coaster ride of suspense and surprises from the beginning — and one replete with valuable “teachable moments” that shouldn’t be missed. Below, we suggest over a dozen instructional strategies and useful, free websites that can help teach students about our nation’s most pressing issues and the way our democracy works, as well as encourage them to voice their opinions about the issues they care abo...

Chromebook Specs & Performance Comparison Chart (2016)

Zipso has updated one of the most comprehensive and detailed comparison charts to help you make your decision about the best Chromebook for your school.  Whether you are looking for the best price (check with various vendors), performance, power, battery life an etc., the updated table (May 4, 2016) in the article by Zipso, can help you with your decision.  The updated table is nicely broken down by the date of release for each chromebook, which is important in regards to your automatic upda...

2016 Acer Chromebook 11

Acer 2016 Chromebook 11
2016 Acer Chromebook 11 with IPS display now available for $180 Acer’s new Chromebook 11 looks a lot like last year’s model. It’s still a Chrome OS laptop with an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display and an Intel Celeron N2840 processor. But the new model has an IPS display with better viewing angles and a new case design that Acer says makes the laptop sturdier and more appropriate for commercial or educational customers.  The Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111 is now available for purchase for only...