Chromebooks

Establish a Routine for Getting out and Putting Away Chromebooks

Consider having students use the same Chromebook whenever possible.

Clear desk before going to cart, Use two hands for carrying.

Make sure all Chromebooks are plugged in at the end of each school day.

Signing Out and Shutting Down

When you are finished using a Chromebook, it is important to SIGN OUT of your Google account and then SHUT DOWN the Chromebook.

Troubleshooting

Chromebooks should automatically connect to the Staff L or Student L wireless network (either is fine). If they connect to Guest or Monitored, try changing to one of the above.


If this doesn’t work, log off and shut down, then remove the battery and replace. Next, connect blue cord and turn back on. Wait a minute or two. Now it should connect to Staff or Student L. Log off, shut down, and remove blue cord. Turn it back on without blue cord. If necessary, connect to Staff or Student L wireless.


If a Chromebook will not turn on, try removing the battery, plug it in to an electrical outlet, turn it on, and then put the battery back in.

Create Contact Groups for Easy Sharing of Files from Teacher to Students

Once Gmail contact groups are created, sharing files with all students in a class takes just two clicks. How-to directions here.

For most assignments, you will need to share files with READ ONLY access (otherwise all students will be working on the same document). Students can open the file and then make a copy of it to work on it.

Teachers can also use Google Classroom for easy sharing of files and resources! See info here.

Connecting a Chromebook to a Projector

First, hook up the VGA cable to the Chromebook and turn on the projector.

Next, click the time in the lower right corner of the Chromebook. Select "Extending screen to ______ (projector). Click "Start Mirroring."

Bookmarking Web Sites:

Go to Chrome Settings (three dots in the upper right corner) > Bookmarks > Show Bookmarks bar.

Once the bookmarks bar is showing, add a bookmark by clicking the star on the right side of the URL box.

Printing from a Chromebook (teachers only):

You must first enable iCloud printing for your WL Google account on a PC (cannot be done on a Chromebook). To do so:

  1. Using Chrome on a PC (teacher laptop), log into your WL Google account.
  2. Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of screen.
  3. Select Settings from the menu.
  4. Scroll all the way down and click "Show Advanced Settings."
  5. In the Google Cloud Print area, click the "Add Printers" button.
  6. A list of printers that you use will appear. Click the Select button at the bottom of the list.

iCloud printing is now set up for your account.

Once the above steps have been completed, you can print documents saved in "My Drive" from a Chromebook. Note that documents listed in "shared with me" must be moved to "My Drive" before you can print them.

Establish a File Naming Structure

Consider something like

Assignment-Subject-Lastname-Firstname

This will help you (and the students) find files using Google's built-in search tools.

Taking a Screenshot

Once you have finished taking a screenshot, you can find the image file in the Files app. To access the Files app, click the apps list button in the launcher (lower left corner of screen), then click the Files icon. You may also use the shortcut Shift + Alt + M.

What do the buttons on the top of the keyboard mean?

Pam Shoemaker, Technology Instructional Coach, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

Google for Education Certified Trainer

Email: pamelashoemaker@wlcsd.org

Phone: 248 956-2027