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16 Chromebook Tips

Teachers – 
In honor of the final 16 days of summer here are 16 chromebooktips to help get you ready for our new 1:1 initiative. 
Plus a bonus tip at the end!

1.  Getting started with Chromebook basics – Not sure where to start?  Learn the absolute basics here.
2.  Google Offline Mode – It will be VERY important to teach students how to switch into OFFLINE mode if they dont have wifi at home.  They will have to do this before they leave and turn it off when they get back to school.
3.  How to print from your Chromebooks at WHS – Another skill to teach the students.  But will they really need to print as much with their own chromebooks?
1.  Locate and click the bookmarks button on your bookmarks toolbar.
2.  Select the printer you wish to use.
3.  Click Add Printer.
4.  Use the back button to return to the page you want to print.
5. Print and your printer should now be installed.
4.  Keyboard acting funny? – Erin Moore can tell you about this one.
Make sure your keyboard is set to US mode.  Look at the icon in the far right bottom corner.  If it says USnext to the icon you are good  If it says INTL click it and select US keyboard.
5.  Lock your Chromebook – Keep your chromebook secure as you move around the classroom.
Hold power button down for one second.  Password will be required to wake chromebook back up
6.  Organize your classes with Google Classroom – Not on Google Classroom yet?  Give it a try.  It makes life easier for everyone.
Now is a great time to jump in with Google Classroom.  For the most part all Google Classroom does is organizes files for you and your students.  Give it a try, in a matter of minutes you can have your classes set-up.
7.  Get comfortable searching and adding Add-ons and Extensions –
There are several ways to get there but you can just google “chrome webstore”
Beyond the Essentials
8.  Taking a screenshot with a chromebook – A very handy skill to grab an image of your screen.  It automatically gets saved to your files on your chromebook.
  1. To take a screenshot, use the following keyboard shortcut:
  2. Take a partial screenshot by selecting the area you want to capture, Ctrl+ Shift+
9. Overview mode –
Take 3 fingers and swipe your touch pad.  Cool huh?
10.  Google Cast for Education – This is brand new and we need to test it out.  Looking for a few teachers to give it a test drive.  It allows students and teachers to share their screens with each other and the class using a projector.  Game changer?
11.  Listen to Podcasts from Chromebooks – There is tons of great educational content on iTunes in the form of podcasts.  Follow the steps closely to get it to work. It is simple simple once you get the steps down.

An easy way to listen to podcasts on your Chromebook.
1) add this extension
2)Go to this itunes page
3) Browse podcasts and click the “download” link of the one you want to listen to…

Chromebooks in the Classroom 
12. SAMR model – Use the SAMR model to guide your transition to integrating more technology in the classroom.
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Sample Lessons for implementing Chromebooks with SAMR -(borrowed from Edina Public Schools Chromebook Classroom website) – Here are some general sample lesson ideas for integrating technology.
13. Digital Storytelling –
  • Students will use a variety of websites for Digital Storytelling.  Digital storytelling allows the students to “show with they know” in a creative, digital format.  Digital storytelling on the web also allows for publication and sharing of projects with a wider audience.  Students plan to use Digital Storytelling for Social Studies, Reading, Language Arts and Science.  A few examples of websites that allow for Digital Storytelling are listed below along with curriculum connections.
    • Prezi: Social Studies Regions Project, End of the Year Reflections, Book Reports
    • Animoto: Field Trip Pictures, Classroom Events
    • Voicethread: Biography Poems, Small research projects, Author Studies, Poetry Share
    • Blabberize: Rock Research, Minnesota History research on Lumbering, Saw Milling, Farming, and Flour Milling.
    • Glogster: Book Posters, Character Posters, Who Am I Posters
    • Other Websites: WallWisher, Story Jumper, Get Funky, FotoBabble, Little Bird Tales, Simplebooklet
14. Productivity Tools –
  • Students use productivity tools on the web that allow them to access their work anytime and anywhere.  Students will be using the Chromebooks to work in the Cloud using Google Apps for Education. Below are some examples of the ways that the students will work in the cloud using the Chromebooks.
    • Google Docs: Personal narratives, fiction stories, paragraph writing, Internet Safety Presentations, Collaborative Minnesota A-Z Presentation, word definition Presentations for Word Studies, Student led conference presentation, Forms for quizzes in language arts, reading, science and social studies, online note-taking using custom made Google Forms
    • Google Sites: Student e:Portfolios, State Research projects, Collaborative Science Research
    • Google Maps: Social Studies Standards, State Studies Projects, Minnesota History mapping of important places
    • Picasa: Classroom pictures, field trips
    • Google Earth: Book Setting Trips, Geography tours, Literature trips
    • Moodle: Online courses for Social Studies, Science, Reading
15. Using 21st Century Skills to Communicate –
  • Using Chromebooks, students will be able to communicate using 21s century tools.  Below you will see a variety of ways the students will be able to communicate because of the Chromebooks.
    • Gmail: Communication with students, Book Club Communication, Reader Response Journals,
    • Video Conferencing: State Studies Research, Geography Mystery Quest Video Conference, Learning outside the classroom walls
    • Calendars: All classroom projects and assignments
16. Using 21st Century Skills to Collaborate –
  • Collaboration is one of most important 21st Century skills that we can teach our young students.  The Chromebooks would allow students to collaborate face to face or on the computer while working on projects.  Students would be able to sit face to face, while having a device to work on in order to complete group projects.  When the members of the group are not together, the device will allow them to access their collaborative work and remain productive outside of face to face time.  The following Google Apps for Education allow for this collaboration.
    • Google Docs, Google Sites, Gmail, Google Classroom
17. Courtesy Mode – If you made it this far – Congrats!
Teach your students to tilt their screens to wards them at a 45 degree angle when you want their attention. This way their eyes should be on the speaker and not on their screens. This also keeps their screens on so they can quickly go back to work on their chromebooks. Refer to this as ‘courtesy mode’ and use it when needed.
Thanks for reading and let me know how I can help.