Chromebooks in the Classroom
Helpful Tips and Engaging Ideas for the Classroom
Getting Started with Chromebooks
The first time you plan on using the Chromebooks, keep the activity simple. The first time using the Chromebooks, the focus maybe more on establishing norms and procedures for using technology in the room and teaching students how to login. Knowing that, don't plan an activity that could be time consuming and challenging for students to complete.
Logging into the Chromebooks
- Log into the content filter with your network login - for students, this is their student ID # and their 8-digit birthday; for teachers, it is the first four letters of their last name and first initial and whatever their password they have created.
- Logging into your Google Account.
Once you've signed into both the Chromebooks are ready to use for any web-based activity or one of the district installed Apps.
- Username - email@example.com
- Password - Hello123 (first time log in only)
- Username - firstname.lastname@example.org (no dot between names)
- Password - 8-digit Birthday (mmddyear)
Logging in vs. Browsing as a Guest
Apps are often enhanced shortcuts that optimize the website or app within the browser. Some require additional installation and set-up. Chrome must be running to access these applications.
What Apps are on our Chromebooks?
- Achieve 3000
- Reading Recs & Writing Nav
- Google Apps - Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Forms, Drawings
How can I get Apps Added?
If there is an app that you would like to use with students on the Chromebooks, email Tracey or Claudio. Include the name of the app and what you will be using it for. Plan ahead and give us at least 2 days notice to ensure we have time to push the app out.
Web-based Activities on the Chromebook
Google Apps for Education
- Write a collaborative story between classes
- Use the research tool
- Peer Editing
Slides (Think Microsoft PowerPoint) - Simple presentations. Easy to share and collaborate
- "Crowdsourcing" - each student creates/adds to a slide to create a class presentation
Sheets (Think Excel) - Not as robust as Excel, but great for sorting, sharing, and collaborating over data
Forms - Can be used for a multitude of classroom tasks from collecting student information, parent feedback to assessment. Add-ons like Flubaroo even make grading less of hassel.
- Exit Tickets
Drawings - A workspace where students can combine graphics, free-handed drawings, shapes and text into a design.
Classroom - A one-stop shop for distributing and collecting assignments with your students.