This software turns old laptops into new Chromebooks

eSchool News

Using device-agnostic software called Neverware, districts are breathing new life into old laptops. When Waller Independent School District of Waller, Texas, decided to start upgrading its laptops and desktops to Windows 7 in 2014, the district had one big concern: time.

Podcasting Equipment Setup and Software I use on the 10-Minute Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been asked about the podcasting equipment setup and software that we use on the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast. Software. I export a single mp3 for my transcriptionist, Kymberli for her to work on and paste in Google Docs. Then she puts it in the Google Doc.

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Laptops, Chromebooks or tablets? Deciding what’s best for the nation’s schools

The Hechinger Report

Google and Apple both made big education technology announcements this week, unveiling new products designed for schools. But a Hechinger Report investigation found the price districts pay for ed tech hardware and software can vary widely, with Apple devices in particular.

Google Announces Android Apps for Chromebooks - Very Nice!!

Educational Technology Guy

Yesterday, Google Announced the first 4 Android Apps that are available for Chromebooks. Offline Google Apps (Gmail and Docs) and now Offline Evernote. I have no need for a windows laptop, even when I''m out of range of WiFi or 4G. And, Google said more and more are coming.

Why Should Schools go with Google Apps and Chromebooks?

Educational Technology Guy

I''m a huge fan and user of Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks and have written about them at length here. Here is a generic version of what I presented as reasons why my district should Go Google that you can use in your own school/district. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

Google’s Soli Uses Gesture Technology to Immerse K–12 Students

EdTech Magazine

Google’s Soli Uses Gesture Technology to Immerse K–12 Students. In January, the Federal Communications Commission approved Google ’s Project Soli , a sensing technology that uses miniature radar to detect touchless gestures. .

As Google steals its education thunder, what can Microsoft do?

The Christensen Institute

Whereas Microsoft played the role of disruptor the first time around, in this chapter, Google is disrupting Microsoft and threatening to drive it out of most U.S. It did this by integrating to develop and build much of the machines from top to bottom—including product design, assembly, the operating system, and the application software. Microsoft responded by integrating its software suite (and later its web browser) into the Windows operating system.

The demise of Google’s Project Ara and modularity in computing

The Christensen Institute

From a business model point of view, Google could enable an ecosystem where modules could be provided by multiple third parties, collecting platform rents and expanding the market to potential nonconsumers on the basis of price reduction and customization. Google stated that Project Ara was being designed to be utilized by six billion people , including one billion current smartphone users, five billion feature phone users, and one billion future users not currently connected.

The Big 3's War Over EDU: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft

techlearning

Pages, Keynote, and Numbers are quality pieces of software, but the lack of them on anything other than Mac means adoption will be low. The online portal might work, but it is going to have to be a simple as Google Drive with an easy tie to email for it to work.

Chromebooks - definitely awesome for education

Educational Technology Guy

Back in May of 2012, I wrote about Google Chromebooks and how they were great for education. We also have a high school using Windows laptops. Compare to around $600-$900 for comparable Windows laptop and around $600 for an iPad with keyboard. You can do anything - there is a web app to match pretty much any software and they even work offline and you can now run some Android apps on them. Easy to manage - a thousand times easier to manage than laptops or tablets.

Cross-platform Calendar Management with Sunrise

ProfHacker

Last week I fielded a question from someone who was having difficulty syncing calendar events between her Google account and her iOS device. For cross-platform users (I regularly use a Mac, an iPad, a Linux laptop, and an Android phone), it’s a great choice.

Chromebook or Tablet for the Classroom? Finding the Best of Both Worlds

EdTechTeam

Schools often find themselves choosing between laptops or tablets, without realizing there is a way to have the best of both through hybrid devices such as the Acer Spin or Acer Switch, that starts as a laptop but allows the screen to fold or flip into a tablet. Google Docs + Explore.

6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook

Shake Up Learning

Google has been working to bridge the gap between the tablet and laptop by allowing us to use Android apps on a Chromebook. It is one of the new flip Chromebooks with a stylus that allows you to use it as a laptop with keyboard or flip it around and use the touch screen with a stylus.

Why is HUE HD a Must for your Classroom?

Ask a Tech Teacher

It can be plugged into a heavy base for free-standing use or directly into a laptop for greater mobility. Inside the box, I found the HUE HD Pro Camera, camera base, instruction booklet, and Intuition software.

Is Apple's iCloud a Google Apps Killer?

The Electric Educator

Browser vs. Desktop Apple continues to develop software that is dependent upon the hardware on which it runs. iLife and iWork will become increasingly more complex and require increasingly more powerful Apple hardware (desktops, laptops, and mobile devices) to run them. Google has taken a different approach by placing its focus on the web browser. My house has become primarily Mac-centric, however I do also use a Dell Laptop. Apple Google Apps

4 Reasons Google Docs Is a Good Idea for Educators

The 21st Century Principal

In an earlier post , I suggest Google Docs as an alternative to purchasing Microsoft Office as an office suite. Google Docs does provide users many useful features that extend far beyond what can be obtained from a locally installed office suite like Open Office or Microsoft Office.

My Top 8 Google Apps for Administrators

The 21st Century Principal

applications, but once I started examining my list of Google Apps, I knew I could devote one entire post to those apps alone. Google offers so many useful applications to school administrators, I would find it hard to live without those apps now. Here is my most useful Google Apps list.

Feedly: An RSS Reader Replacement for Google Reader

The 21st Century Principal

With the impending demise of Google Reader, I have been in search for an RSS Reader replacement. I also tried other alternatives suggested on Twitter, such as Newsblur and some desktop software readers such as Feedreader. I liked Google Reader because of it''s simplicity.

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Faceoff: What Digital Device Should My School Buy?

Ask a Tech Teacher

First laptops eased their way into schools, pricey but popular for their portability and collaborative qualities. That means educators now have four options (desktops, laptops, iPads, Chromebooks) as they select tools to unpack education. An iPad is not a laptop.

Xirrus, Google partner on K-12 SSO wi-fi

eSchool News

The latest Xirrus EasyPass feature adds new functionality that lets schools and businesses integrate wi-fi network access with Google application ecosystem. Google Apps for Education has seen tremendous adoption in K-12 schools over the past few years.

Classroom Design Trends: Update Classroom Layout to Boost Engagement

ViewSonic Education

Collaborative software. These spaces offer convenient seating plus tech like audio, display, and sharing software. Google Classroom integration makes it even easier to educate tomorrow’s citizens. Interactive Software. Classroom Design Then and Now. Rows of seats.

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The new Chromebook Pixel - a "super" Chromebook that I really want, and you should too

Educational Technology Guy

Google recently announced the new version of it''s flagship chromebook , the Chromebook Pixel. The Pixel has the best hardware, software and design and is a showpiece and test device to see what works and what can be done with Chrome OS. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

Great Tips, Resources and Ideas for Going Paperless in the New Year

Educational Technology Guy

Google is one of the sponsors of the Paperless pledge and has some tips, resources and ideas for going paperless and I have collected a variety of resources and tips. all files distributed as PDF''s when possible - readable on any system - Train your employees on going paperless From Google: 7 best ways to go paperless. 1) Use cloud storage: One place to create, share and keep all your files Google Drive: Get started with 5GB free. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

5 Technology Tools For Educators

EdNews Daily

Students have been using laptop computers in the classroom for decades, and some schools even furnish them to students. In recent years, tablets have begun to replace laptops for many classroom applications.

10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

TeachThought - Learn better.

10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs. by Brooks Hocog , The Google Docs Team. Take meeting notes in a Google Doc and share the notes with your fellow staff. Access Google Translate right from Docs and make translating a breeze.

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NearPod for Class/Workshop Polling

ProfHacker

Last week, Amy Cavendar wrote about using Google Forms for polling. I agree with the general direction of moving away from “clickers” that need dedicated hardware and instead using software that allows students to use their own mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops) to respond.

New Chromebook, Chromebox and updated Chrome OS - look awesome, great for education

Educational Technology Guy

Google and Samsung have just announced a new Chromebook, the Chromebox and the new version of Google''s Chrome OS. I have been a long time user of Google''s Chrome OS and Chromebook (almost two years) on their beta device, the CR-48. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

Technology I use on a Daily Basis - 2016 Version

Educational Technology Guy

I'm a huge user of Google Apps and Evernote. I can do anything on it - email, web browsing, Google Apps, Evernote, messaging, photos, musics, etc. I like it, but I like LG's software and screen size better. Google Apps - for both work and home.

10 Reasons Education IT Administrators Love Interactive Touch Screen Displays

ViewSonic Education

Software licensing fees add costs and complexity. Thankfully, many interactive touch screens (like ViewSonic ViewBoards) are both device and software agonistic. Seamless compatibility with any laptop, iPad or other tablets further adds to setup ease.

5 steps for implementing a 1:1 program

Neo LMS

1:1 education means that each and every student gets a device (usually a laptop) with preloaded programs and textbooks. Going Google… or Microsoft… or Apple. This means that both the security of the hardware and that of the software must be ensured.

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PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Their products are wireless, Bluetooth- and/or USB-connectable, and their SPARKvue software runs on Mac and Windows platforms, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, and Android. software. free software is an intuitive way to graph motion, rate of change, and slope. In fact, it took me less than five minutes to unbox, setup, find the power button, and sync to the free app/software on my laptop and my iPhone.

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10 Reasons Education IT Administrators Love Interactive Touch Screen Displays

ViewSonic Education

Software licensing fees add costs and complexity. Thankfully, many interactive touch screens (like ViewSonic ViewBoards) are both device and software agonistic. Seamless compatibility with any laptop, iPad or other tablets further adds to setup ease.

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Five Apps Students Can Use To Make Podcasts

MindShift

fire up their laptops and gather a bundle of snowball microphones. With the click of a mouse, their laptops become studios, and they’re ready to record. In many classrooms these days, teachers and students have their own laptops, Chromebooks or iPads.

Tablets and disruptive innovation

The Christensen Institute

Chromebooks are simple to use and easy to setup and manage, but the software is limited to web applications that run in an Internet browser. In today’s market, the Surface is a great product for anyone who wants the functionality of a laptop and the convenience and usability of a best-in-class tablet without having to carry around two devices. In other words, the target customer for the Surface is someone who already owns a laptop.

Classroom Tech Can Drive Student Engagement—But Schools Need to Choose Wisely

Edsurge

Instead, the district opted to facilitate the collaboration with a far more cost-effective solution: flat-panel TVs and screen mirroring software. “By Vivi’s hybrid hardware/software model is another big plus for Rugg. It also doesn't hurt that installing the software was easy.