Introduction to Google Chromebooks

Professional Development Series 2015

  • Learn how to describe Chromebooks.
  • Learn how to use everyday features on Chromebooks.
  • Generate ideas on Chromebooks enhancing teaching and learning in your classroom.

What are Chromebooks?

  • Video: Overview of Chromebooks for Education
    • Fast portable computers that give students access to the web's rich educational tools and resources.
    • Run the Chrome OS.
    • Virus protection is built-in.
    • Google Apps is built-in.
    • Boot up in about 8 seconds.
    • Your Google account syncs seamlessly with all of your other devices.
    • Stay productive even when disconnected from the web.
    • Can be managed centrally by a school via the Management Console

Getting to Know Your Chromebook:

  • Note: to set up your Chromebook for the first time for use in the District, please see the section below entitled: Setup Procedures for the School District of Philadelphia Classroom
  • Chrome icon -> click to browse the Internet
  • Apps List icon -> click to see a list of apps available to use
  • Launcher -> place (pin) the apps you use most here (to remove, right click and select "unpin")
  • Files app -> find files you have downloaded or saved from the web
  • Edit and Share Images -> use the built-in image editor (in the File app, select an image; from the bottom right of the Files window select Open)
  • Printing -> use Google Cloud Print Service (*Note: Not available on the SDP network yet)
    • Alternative strategies: 1) Open your Google account on a computer that has a printer already setup; 2) Use a USB flash drive to take document to a printer.
  • Use the Chromebook Offline -> when not connected to the web. Will sync up once connected to the Internet again.
    • Email, Drive, Calendar, Notes, Media, etc. Some apps have an off-line app in the Chrome Store.
  • Chromebook keyboard differences -> Control + Alt + ? * Video: How to Enable Caps Lock, use special keys and more

Why Use Chromebooks in Your Classroom?

Instructional Ideas:

Chromebook Tips and Tricks:

  • 100 Best Chromebook Tips, Tricks and Time Savers
  • Appoint Chromebook "monitors" to hand-out and collect Chromebooks from the cart (to save time).
  • Develop and use hand signals for students to use during class time: Tech error; I'm stuck; My work needs checking; etc.
  • Appoint document "controllers" responsible for sharing your document with others in their project team. (The teacher then only has to share with four or five students instead of the whole class).
  • Have students collaborate and create a Chromebook Code of Conduct document that can be posted in the classroom for all.
  • Create a teacher signal to get attention, i.e. a hand clapping pattern that can be started by the teacher but finished by the students.
  • Be consistent with your codes, rules and procedures day in and day out.
  • Do you have a fantastic classroom management tip for Chromebooks you want to share? Send it to me and I will post it crediting you!

Setup Procedures for the School District of Philadelphia Classroom:

I. Turn on the Chromebook. SET THE TIME AND TIME ZONE IF IT IS NOT CORRECT! (Look for it in the lower right-hand corner. You have once chance to do this. If you don't do it now, once the Chromebook is enrolled, you will need to use the Chromebook Restore Utility to reset the Chromebook in order to change the time and time zone.)

II. Network Connection Setup: Chromebooks will need to be connected to the Internet in order to set them up.
Go through the first few setup screens before entering any accounts. You will need to click a Cancel link when it says you can’t connect to the Internet and it will bring up the District’s wireless log-in screen:
  • Chromebooks Assigned to Faculty/Staff (non-BYOD Pilot schools): if the Chromebook is assigned solely to a faculty/staff member, then they will need to login to the wireless each time they use the Chromebook.
  • Chromebooks Assigned to Students (non-BYOD Pilot schools): The Chromebooks will be registered for you by IT. You no longer need to register the Chromebook for the wireless. Just log into the network as yourself and continue to enroll the Chromebook.
  • Chromebooks at Pilot BYOD Schools: Everyone, faculty, staff and students, will need to log-in to the wireless network each time the device is accessed.

III. Enroll Chromebook Devices: Each Dell Chromebook has been purchased with a Google device management license. This license needs to be registered to the District domain BEFORE THE DEVICE IS SETUP WITH AN ACCOUNT.

Steps to Manually Enroll a Device: Anyone can enroll a Chromebook. There is no longer a need to use a special admin account or to claim Chromebooks enrolled by a District account.
  1. Turn on the Chrome device and follow the onscreen instructions until you see the sign on screen. Do not sign in yet.
  2. Before signing into the Chrome device, press the key combination Ctrl-Alt-E. The enrollment screen appears.
  3. Enter your SDP Google account ( and password.
  4. Click Enroll device. You will receive a confirmation message that the device has been successfully enrolled.
  5. Record the device's serial number in a spreadsheet to give to the school Google Admin. They can keep this information for their records.

If you accidentally create a user account before enrolling the device, you will need to use the Developer Mode wipe (different from the Powerwash) or the Chromebook Recovery Utility to put your Chromebook back into a state where the management license can be associated with the device.

Steps to Enable the Developer Mode (Wipe): Warning: This will wipe all of your data!
To enter developer mode:
  • Turn machine on
  • Press esc-refresh-power which will take you to "damaged" screen
  • Press ctrl-D which takes you to dev mode confirmation screen
  • Press enter to confirm entry to dev mode
  • Press ctrl-D on each bootup to clear the warning screen
  • Wait for the machine to prepare itself - (may take a while)
  • The computer will beep when done. Then you can connect to the Internet and begin the device management association process above again.

IV. Set-up Accounts on the Device (For non-District GAFE schools)

K-8: You can no longer fake Google student accounts.
  • Teachers can set up a classroom Google account for themselves. (Recommended)
  • Students under the age of 13 may not legally have a Google account. Therefore, students should log into the Guest account. Note that nothing will be saved in this account when the account is logged out. This is not a personalized account.
  • For classes of students aged 13 and over, you can follow the directions for accounts for grades 9-12 students below.
  • The teacher may want to have the class setup and use, Edmodo, for example, for classroom assignments until the District implements GAFE.

  • Students can use their own Google accounts.
  • Teachers may want to keep a list of these accounts on a spreadsheet for each class.

To Add an Account on a Device:
  • Click the +Add user link in the lower left-hand corner.
  • Have the user put in their Google Account address and password.
  • Click the blue Sign in button.

Additional Resources:

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