5 Things You Can Do With Your Chromebook

1. Work Offline

If you go into your settings for Docs or Slides, you can choose to work offline as well as online. There are also apps you can add that have offline capabilities.

2. Skype

Using web.skype.com, you can sign into your account and use it as you normally would.

3. Run Android Apps

Simply go to the Google Play Store and search for your desired app. Only Chromebook-compatible apps will appear.

4. Edit Photos and Videos

There is a built in photo editor for basic editing, or you can find apps like befunky in the Google Play Store.

5. Listen to iTunes

Import your iTunes library into Google Play Music, then simply listen to your favorite tunes!

 

Why we should teach coding in schools

When we teach coding, we are teaching computational thinking (CT). CT is the foundation to computer applications, teaching algorithms (a set of sequenced steps), logically ordering and analyzing data, creating solutions and learning to deal confidently with open ended problems. CT can also support cross curricular, as students begin to start to make connections between subjects as well as outside the classroom. 

Elementary/Middle school students may only get the basics of coding through lightbot, code.org, and Kodu; but it sets them up for higher level thinking and thinking outside the box. 

I feel that it also teaches them how to deal with frustration. Inevitably in coding, your code may not work out the way you want, the degrees of an angle could be off, you coded left when your character was to go right, and this helps them to take a breath, take a second look, they can visually go back and see where their mistake was by running their code one script at a time. 

And nothing beats the joy on their faces when they have coded correctly and Kodu can follow the path to the end, or Anna and Elsa complete their ice skating figure perfectly. 

Happy Coding!

Kodable infographic

New Chromebooks are better than ever!

Chrome OS has been a strong in education for a while, outperforming Windows and Apple, and now our friends at Google are rolling out two new Education-minded Chromebooks. The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 and the Asus Chromebook Flip C213. 

The Chromebook Spin is a convertible version of the ruggedized Chromebook 11 N7. What is new with this is what Google is calling a World View Camera. When the Chromebook is in tablet mode, there is a functional camera, and students can also turn it into a microscope. It will also come equipped with an Electro-Magnetic Resonance (EMR) stylus, which can be used to take notes, or sketch, and it feels like students are writing on paper. 

Some other specs: 

  • military grade durability with a reinforced chassis and a rubber bumper surrounding the keyboard. It can survive a 2ft drop. 
  • Equipped with a drainage system in case of spills.
  • The display is protected by Corning Gorilla glass 3 with antimicrobial properties.
  • 10 hour battery life

The second one is the Asus Flip C213, which is another ruggedized, education version with a 360 degree hinge. It is a modular in construction, so various pieces can be replaced if need be. 

The two full articles can be read here:

 https://www.theverge.com/2017/1/24/14366192/google-chromebooks-acer-spin-11-asus-flip-c213-chrome-os-education  

and here: 

 http://www.christianpost.com/news/acer-chromebook-spin-11-release-date-specs-price-news-laptop-designed-for-classroom-use-to-facilitate-learning-process-173480/

 

Release date and price have not yet been set, so we are patiently waiting for those. 

 

 

Chromebook shortcuts

Here are a couple graphics for shortcuts for the Chromebook, and a way to make the search key the caps lock key!

to create a caps lock key permanently, or until you don't need it anymore, you can: press alt+ search

OR if you want a caps lock key, you can visit your chromebook's settings page (chrome://settings), then click keyboard settings

Have a great week!

Acceptable Use Policy

The Acceptable Use of Technology Policy outlines the do's and don'ts of technology usage here at Holy Cross.  It is strongly advised that Parents and Students read and understand the policy before signing it. If you have questions, you may certainly contact me through email or in person, and we can go over it. Infractions of the AUP can result in a loss of technology for the student or suspension of their student account. 

If a Middle school student has an account suspension, then it will be the student's sole responsibility to get any and all information from Schoology or other websites the teacher is using for class. The teacher will not create offline resources due to infractions. Students need to be responsible for their on and offline behaviors. 

The Acceptable Use of Technology policy:

http://holycrossdover.org/multimedia/teachers-1/mrs-kathryn-williams-1/834-student-acceptable-use-of-technology-policy/file