Ways to use Chromebooks in the Classroom

Ways to use Chromebooks in the ClassroomThere are many different ways that teachers can use Chromebooks in the classroom.  Chromebooks now account for thirty percent of all United States school purchases of mobile computers. It’s an incredible turnaround when you consider that in 2012 Chromebooks represented less than one percent of the market.

Schools Using Chromebooks

More and more schools are using Chromebooks as educational tools. With a Chromebook, students can tap in to the power of the Internet. All the devices include keyboards, they build essential keyboarding skills, required by the Common Core and many state standards, as they research, collaborate, learn, and create. Here’s a look at how some educators are using Chromebooks in the classroom:

How to Use Chromebook in the Classroom

  1. Collaborate on lesson plans – Use Docs to work on the same lesson plan at the same time with a colleague.
  2. Improve the writing process – Have students work collaboratively from anywhere.Give students ongoing and simultaneous feedback.Use revision history to hold students accountable for their work.
  3. Collect, share and analyze data – Collect data in a sheet, then use charts and gadgets – like the motion chart – to graph and analyze the data.
  4. Collect, share and analyze data Collect data in a sheet, then use charts and gadgets – like the motion chart – to graph and analyze the data.
  5. Research Tools in Presentations  Students can drag and drop images, cite sources, and search for quotes that bring presentations to life
  6. Hold office hours and homework help – Let students know that you’ll be available to help online at a certain time. Video conference with students who are absent.
  7. Create a classroom website  Create a site for your class. – Embed a class calendar, videos, and presentations.
  8. Manage student e-portfolios Use sites to create student ePortfolios.  Showcase student work and pass it on from year to year.
  9. Use Moderator to extend classroom discussions – Have students reflect on their daily learning through Google Moderator.  Students can read each other’s reflections and vote up the responses that they like the best. 
  10. Run your classroom through Blogger  Use Blogger to structure and run your lessons.  Students can access their “Do Now,” independent practice, and exit slip through the blog entry
  11. 1000s of Lessons in Khan Academy
  12. Youtube for Schools No Comments – Only Education Approved Content
  13. TED Ed  – Teachers can use video content curated by TED, and create their own lessons called “Flips”
  14. Typing Trainers – Engaging apps to teach and improve typing skills, important for Common Core testing and efficient communication.
  15. Video Projects  – Yes – you can shoot video, edit, and create inspiring video productions entirely on the web! (Collaboratively too)
  16. CK-12 – With services like CK-12 it’s easy for teachers to assemble their own textbooks, with rich content aligned to Common Core.
  17. Administer assessments  – Use Google Forms to give your students a pre-assessment at the beginning of class. Modify your instruction based on the results.  Then give students an “exit ticket” at the end of class to see what they learned.
  18. Automatically grade forms with Flubaroo – Flubaroo is an Apps Script that allows you to automatically grade assessments that have been submitted using a Google Form.
  19. Securely administer student assessments – With the single app kiosk mode, easily set up Chromebooks to deliver secure online assessments — including tests you create yourself or from the Smarter Balanced and PARCC consortia. Disable features like internet browsing and USB ports so that students can only access the testing environment
  20. Have Fun! There are many educational games available on the Google Play store.


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