• Tips for Chromebooks in the Classroom
     
       The carts of Chromebooks in each building are designed differently than the Macbook carts:
    •  To open: Unlock the lock using the key, turn the handle and then lift up the doors.
    •  Do not lose the keys! While interchangeable within carts in a building, there is still only one key available per cart!

       Care and feeding of Chromebooks/carts: 

    • Students must be careful when taking Chromebooks in/out of the cart:
      • Do not overstretch the power cords
      • Do not try to force power plug in or out of the device. 
      • If Chromebook isn't charging, power charger is stored in tray under Chromebooks.
      • Do not allow students to carry Chromebooks by the screen!
      • Do not stack anything heavy on top of a Chromebook.
    Basics:
     
    1.   Students log in with their complete email address (20jdoe@students.spfk12.org) and password.
    • Students will not be able to log in on Chromebooks unless they have first logged into Google on a Mac (or other computer) and accepted the Google License Agreement.

    2.   Keyboard is slightly different than Mac.

    • There is no Caps Lock key; it has been replaced by a Search key.  Use Search key to find/launch apps.
    • Top row of keys are web keys, not function keys. Can be used for browser navigation (ie: previous page, reload) or to manage sound, other Chromebook settings.
    • There is no CMD (or command) key - ctrl key is used for keyboard shortcuts.

          Keyboard Shortcuts:

    • Many in-app shortcuts are the same except the ctrl key is swapped in for the CMD key (ie: copy: ctrl-c)
    • alt-shift-m - opens the "File Manager" to find data stored on Google Drive.
    • Caps Lock: alt-searchkey
    • To perform a screenshot - press: ctrl-screenshotbutton
    • To mirror screen (for projecting): ctrl- mirrormirror

       To see all keyboard shortcuts displayed on the Chromebook screen, hold down the ctrl-alt-? while logged in on the device.  To see a listing of all Chromebook shortcuts (including how to cap lock), check them out at: http://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/183101?hl=en

    3.   The Touch Pad:
    • There is no right-click;  clicking with 2 fingers performs the right-click function.
    • Scrolling: use 2 fingers vertically for up-down scrolling or horizontally for left-right scrolling.
    • "Tap to click" is on by default so a student does not have to click the touch pad.  Please note that on occasion, an accidental tap on the track pad may reposition the cursor within a document.
    • Swiping 3 fingers across the touch pad will switch between tabs when in a browser or between open apps.

    4.   A Screen Tour:

    •  Launcher:   located in the lower left hand corner and sometimes called "App Shelf"
      •   Quickly start up apps that are "pinned" by clicking on the icon.
      •   Click on the "waffle" or Apps icon to display more applications available to you.

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    •   Status Area: located in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
      • Displays notifications, time, network signal, and battery state.
      • Click on the avatar to display more status details including username.

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    5.   Saving Files:
    • Student work is automatically saved in their Google Drive which can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection, even at home.
    • Students may email their work home using their SPFK12 accounts.
    • Students may also save using their flash drives which are plugged into the back of the device.

    6.   Nifty Features:

     
    7.   Common Vocabulary:
     
    8.   Shut Down/Sign Out
    • At the end of a class or upon teacher's instruction, students should either click on the sign out or shut down buttons in the lower left hand corner of the screen.  If a student fails to log out/shut down, the next student using the device will probably see a Screen Lock in the middle of the screen.  Simply clicking the shut down button in the Launch bar will shut down the Chromebook and release the device for use by the next student.
    Our own Jamie Aitkens has been piloting Chromebooks for over a year and shares these words of wisdom:
     

    Some Common Troubleshooting

    • Dinosaur (Reptar) appears when the Chromebook powers on - restart the computer

    • If something is loading, try the three R’s: refresh the page, restart the computer, return the computer and take a new one

    • dropped internet connection - wait it out for a few minutes, restart when necessary

    • Keyboard mistyping letters - check to see that US keyboard is selected

    • Google search the issue - chances are you will find the solution faster on your own.