Chromebooks in DPCDSB
The story so far......
Chromebooks have just come online. As we explore together, new learning and opportunities will arise. I will edit this document periodically to reflect my growing awareness and abilities with this tool.
1. The Log In
- At the initial screen:
- Students log in with their 9 digit student ID
- Teachers log in with their 5 digit Employee #
- At the second screen:
- Students/Teachers type regular ID numbers and regular password.
Students and teachers sign in again with their normal ID numbers and passwords
2. Now What? Continue to use Office 365.
- Students have access to Chrome to navigate the internet
- Students can access Office 365 in Chrome by following the pinned link at the bottom of their screen, or by typing:
- dpcloud.dpcdsb.org in the address field
- Students log into and use Office 365 in the normal way
- More Office 365 info:
3. Everyone has Access to Google Drive
- The account used to log in to the Chromebook is also our new Google Drive account
- Clicking the "waffle" icon in Chrome allows us to navigate to Drive and to use Google tools like Docs, Slides, Calendar etc....
4. Using Google Docs Allows for Hyperdocs
- A hyperdoc is a document with embedded links
- Its natural place is in a Google doc, and a Chromebook
- More examples here:
5. The Chrome Web Store is Available
- Go to:
- Here, students can use apps or extensions to add functionality to the Chromebook
- Some apps & extensions will be blocked by admin protocol
- Some apps and extensions that are allowed include:
- Google Translate
- Typing Club
- As I find more, I will update this list
6. Google Docs Allow for Voice Typing
- Open Google Docs
- You will be prompted if you would like to try Voice Typing. Choose "yes".
- With no voice training and no mic necessary, have a student try to enter text in a clear voice.
7. Flash Websites work on Chromebooks
- Open Chrome & Google SWF + a search term
- Think science, math or social studies
- Use words like Volcanoes, Multiplication, Magnets, Egypt, Cells, Plants etc....
- These flash files have great, fun content
- They run well on a Chromebook
- Teachers will have to find ways to get these websites to students (beside writing them on a whiteboard!)
- One way is a Google Doc (hyperdoc) with web links
- Another way could be a shared folder in Drive or DPCloud
Additional SWF Search Terms
8. Chromebooks have no Right Click!
- No problem.... but how to we cut & paste?
- Students will have to be taught Key Commands
8b. Do CRTL/ALT + ? to get on-screen keyboard
9. Teachers will want to use Websites to add Functionality
10. Additional Resources
- 12 Great Ways to Use Google Drive
- Google Forms & Grading
- Chromebook Basics
- Chromebook rules from Larissa Aradj (@MrsGeekChic)