February 27, 2017
Virtual Reality in Grade 3
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Turn your Chromebook into a Remote Control!
Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop is a free extension that, once installed, allows you to use your Chromebook to control any application on your computer. Your computer's screen shows up on your Chromebook, and you are able to use the touch pad to navigate, and they keyboard to type just as you would sitting at your computer or standing by your SmartBoard. You may still opt to touch your board or control your computer as normal--this just gives you the option to stand anywhere in the class, join a small group, work next to a student, or even sit on the floor with your little learners.
Interested in trying it out? I'd be happy to help. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will set up a time to get you started. The process takes about 10 minutes total.
To use Chrome Remote Desktop:
- You must be logged in to Google Chrome on both your computer and your Chromebook.
- Open Chrome Remote Desktop on your Chromebook.
- Double click on your computer's name, then hit enter.
- Type in your 6-digit pin.
- That's it! you're now controlling your computer from your Chromebook. You can click the two directional arrow to make the window bigger. You can also minimize the screen and go back to using your Chromebook on it's own anytime.
- Click "Stop Sharing" to end.
I created a short video to show this in action. Sorry it is in portrait mode, but it was the best view to show both screens at the same time. It should give you an idea of what this process looks like.
**Note: I have "Multiple monitors" on my computer, so that's why I had to scroll to the left and right on the Chromebook to control both sides.
PDF's in the Chromebook Classroom
- You can open documents from your computer or Google Drive
- Write directly on a PDF, highlight and underline text, and more
- Markup, merge, and edit documents from your local machine or Google Drive
- Save edited PDFs to your local machine or Google Drive. Students can submit them through Google Classroom.
- Annotate PDFs with others in real time
- Free - no ads, in-app purchases, or premium tier