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Chrome and Chromebooks for Education

Chrome devices are optimized for the web’s vast educational resources. Learn the varied ways that the Chrome platform can provide fast access, secure browsing, and streamlined productivity for educators and students. Extend student learning by using the Chrome Web Store and other web 2.0 tools. Chromebooks and the Chrome browser provide windows to the web for teaching and learning - join us to learn how!

Here is the first activity-
Visit the YouTube channel for the Chromebook Classroom. Select one video based upon your interest, watch the video, and then prepare a short summary of your thoughts on the video and how it might apply to your classroom.. Share the video and your summary at the next staff meeting or in the teacher lounge at your school.
I choose a video on managing apps and extensions. This must be more for school purchsed devices as they were managed by an administrator. Blocking of apps and extensions to me opens up a can of worms and alot of work surely as there are new apps every day, are you going to block them all? If it is a BYOD how would you manage in a class which lead me to watching Enrolling a chromebook. Again I think this is for school purchased devices as I would image BYOD devices, parents would not want the school to have admin rights. The advantage of enrolling a device is that apps can be automatically feed to devices and there can be some control of devices. After watching wiping a chromebook I can now see you could have a BYOD chromebook managed by the school and then wiped when they finish at the school to give the individuals control back.

Activity 1.2
Visit the App Packs for Education site and select the tab for the grade level that best corresponds to the students you work with or teachers you support. Select one of the apps, install the app on Chrome browser, and then draft a 2-3 paragraph review of the app in the word processing tool of your choice. Share this review on a blog, Google+ or other form of social media.(NETS-Teacher Standards: 2a, 3a, 3d)
I looked at the Khan Acamedy App as it was in the elementry collections - I searched a couple of subjects - The water cycle and Parts of a flower and there was either no content or it was to high for a year 5/6 class. Are any primary school teachers using Khan Academy?

I then tried a current events and news app for teachers and students. It has a free signup for teachers and students or you can just browse the content.
It can be used through safari on an iPad with the speak selection. Dogonews also shows the age it is appropriate for each article and has the vocabulary listed and highlighted within the text. The listed vocab has definitions, synonyms and antonyms. I could see using it with awesome screenshot to create closed reading activities.
The search tool is not amazing and does not refine the search with two keywords together, it also does not list newest stuff first.

Activity 1.3
On a Chromebook or in Chrome, select one of the free video editors WeVideo or the YouTube Editor. Spend 15-30 minutes getting to know the layout of the application. 
I had a play with WeVideo yesterday and once again it was reinforced to me the ability to unlearn and relearn is such an important skill for learners to have. I had to unlearn what I knew about Microsoft movie maker and relearn WeVideo. After some initial frustrations of what I expected it to do I began to figure out WeVideo. I think I would resize photos before uploading to speed up the process. It would be good if you could stretch the timelime so you can see all the tracks instead of having to scroll. WeVideo gives plenty of sharing options and I can see that it would be suitable for videos on a chromebook. 
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Activity 2.2
As I do not have a Chromebook I thought I would try and print from my iPad through my laptop to my old hp deskjet 810c using goggle cloud print. After reading the below links and signing into chrome on my iPad I accomplished printing success. I also discovered I can print through to the work printers when I am working at home. There still some limitations to what you can print as it seems to have to be through chrome. So I printed pictures through dropbox on chrome, not the dropbox app as the app wanted to air print only.

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