Devices: Chromebooks

Google Chromebooks utilize Google Apps for Education.

Objective: Learn how Chromebooks can increase teacher efficiency, student engagement and school-wide collaboration.

  • Check out this video for a nice Chromebook overview


  • Chromebooks are really cool but they can't do everything. We want our users to have realistic expectations so be aware of the following:
    • Chromebooks work best when they are online, and you have to be signed into your Google account.
    • Our District's Chromebooks won't run any of the desktop versions of software found on the district PCs or Macs. (for example, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Pages, SMART Notebook).
    • They don't support Java (many websites use Java to display interactive content).
    • Chromebooks do not print to the current district network printers. Google content needs to be printed from a laptop or desktop.

 The good news, however, is that Chromebooks have access to many web-based apps which provide similar functions as traditional desktop software.

  • Here are the directions for searching the Chrome Web Store and installing an app or extension.
  • This is a tutorial on using the Chromebooks in Gilbert Public Schools.
  • View this slide show for ideas about effectively using Chromebooks with your students
         30 Ways to use Chromebooks in the Classroom
  • Here's another helpful document. It's very comprehensive and covers just about everything you need to know about Chromebooks
  • Chromebook Keyboard shortcuts
  • How to use your GPS Chromebook at home
  • Hapara (for 7-10th Grade teachers)  information page on GAFE site

Can you answer the following?
  1. Explain how a Chromebook is different than a regular computer.
  2. Name one advantage and one disadvantage a Chromebook has over a regular computer.
  3. How do you log into a GPS District Chromebook?
  4. How do you add apps and extensions to a Chromebook? 
  5. Name your favorite keyboard shortcut!