The Basics - Defining Terms
Chromebooks vs. the Chrome Browser
Don't over think it. That's the secret. The Chrome Browser can be ran on any traditional computer running the Windows or Apple oprating system. A Chromebook is small laptop-like device that runs a modified version of the Chrome browser and nothing else. It's basically just Chrome with a keyboard attached. While powerful and easy to use, a Chromebook does have some limitations.
Chrome Apps, Drive Apps, Extensions
Agh! Chrome Apps? Drive Apps? Extensions? It can all become quickly very confusing and honestly there is a lot of overlap between these terms. However, the descriptions below do a pretty good job describing their differences. Regardless of which one you are using they all
Apps that are accessible through the Apps button found in Chrome. Often when clicked these take users to a related webpage which can be signed into using your Google Account.
Similar to Chrome Apps, but these sites create resources which can then be found later in your Google Drive library.
Web plugins which are added to Chrome's Omnibar (address bar) and provide additional features that work on any website.
The number and variety of Chrome tools continues to grow. Two educators worth following for more Chrome resources are Alice Keeler (check out her posts on Chrome Apps) and JR Ginex-Orinion (check out his Chromando page).
Helpful Blog Posts
Natomas Charter School is currently in the possession of five Chromebook Carts consisting of two models - Samsung Series 303 (grey ones) and HP Chromebook 11s (white ones). If you would like to be added to the checkout calendars for the Chromebook carts please review the above orientation document and contact Joe Wood.
Great Places to Start with Chrome Tools
Below are a few interesting ones worth checking out. More of these can be found in the Education section of the Chrome Store.
The line between Chrome and Drive apps is blurry, but basically these save products to your Google Drive folder if you link them to Google Drive. Geogebra and Desmos from the list above will also do this. More of these can also be found in the Education section of the Chrome Store.
Helpful tools that can be installed in your web browser and used on any corresponding website. More of these can also be found in the Education section of the Chrome Store.
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