Classroom Uses

Chromebook Shortcuts
Classroom in the Cloud: Student Examples of Working in the Cloud

Lesson Plan Ideas
Sample Projects for the Chromebook
  • 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

  • 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 Edina Apps.  Edina Apps includes Google Apps for Education and Moodle.  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

  • 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

  • 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

Additional Classroom Ideas with Google Apps
Research, White Papers and Case Studies about Chromebooks
Quantifying the Economic Value of Chromebooks for K-12 Education