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Chromebook Training Guide [PUBLIC]


1. Why Chromebooks?

2. Getting to know your Chromebook

3. Add Features and Functionality with Apps & Extensions

4. Find more ideas and activities

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Chromebook Training Guide

Peter Horner

IT Manager // Digital Learning Leader

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College







Why Chromebooks?

Getting to know your Chromebook

Add Features and Functionality with Apps & Extensions

Find more ideas and activities

Why Chromebooks?

Chromebook Features

Speed is key: Logging in is normally less than 10 seconds! Lessons can get started quicker;

Battery life: 10 hours of battery life lasts the entire college day;

Touch screen: Most Chromebooks now have a touch screen, which are great for drawing and annotating;

Secure by design: Chromebooks are our safest devices. They use the principal “defence in depth” providing multiple layers of protection;

Updates: Chromebooks update themselves automatically so you are always running the most up-to-date version of Chrome OS.

Explore Your Creativity

Chromebooks open doors for you and your students to visualise ideas and explore creativity, using the wide range of Chrome Extensions and Android Apps available.

We’re going to take a look at some of these apps and extensions a bit later in some practical exercises.

Getting to know your Chromebook

Chromebook 101

New Lenovo 300e Chromebooks include:


2-in-1 design to transform from a laptop into a tablet;

Two cameras;

Rugged design;

SD card reader;

10 hour battery life.

In addition, the Lenovo 500e Chromebook for staff includes:

Stylus for writing, drawing, and annotating;

Micro SD card reader.


Google replaced the caps lock key with a special search key providing quick access to the Launcher search bar.

Shortcut Keys

Chromebook features shortcut keys along the top of the keyboard for browser navigation, toggling full screen view, changing screen brightness, and adjusting volume. At any time, you can display a map of all Chromebook keyboard shortcuts by pressing Ctrl + Alt + ?


You can use your Chromebook touchpad to right-click, switch between tabs and more.

Right-click – Tap the touchpad with two fingers.

Scroll – Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down, left or right.

See all open windows – Swipe up or down with three fingers.

Open a link in a new tab – Point to the link, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.

Switch between tabs – If you have multiple tabs open, swipe left and right with three fingers.

The Shelf contains the system try, app launcher, and quick-access icons for your favourite apps or web pages. It will also show any apps that are currently running.

Adding an app to the Shelf

Click or press the Launcher in the corner of the screen;

Press the Up arrow;

Find the app you want to add;

Right-click the app;

Select Pin to Shelf.

Use the Launcher to access your apps or quickly search the web.

You can also access the Launcher using the search key on your keyboard, which is located where Caps Lock used to be.

The System Tray allows you to check your battery and WiFi status, adjust accessibility options, and access Chrome settings.

Accessible for all

Chrome includes a wide range of accessibility tools right out of the box. Go to Settings > Accessibility:

ChromeVox - Enable the screen reader built in to every Chromebook;

Dictation - Speech-to-text recognition in programs where you’d normally have to type;

On-screen keyboard - Use the on-screen keyboard to type or handwrite text.

Zoom and magnify - The Fullscreen magnifier or docked magnifier to zoom your entire screen or parts of it.

To explore more accessibility features in Chrome check out the Accessibility for All slide deck by @scotlandlouise.

Sign-in to Chrome on a desktop computer to keep your Chrome settings, history, saved passwords and extensions in sync with your Chromebook;

Click the People button and select Sign-in to Chrome.

Chrome Sync

Pin a tab to avoid accidentally closing it;

Right click the tab > select Pin.

Pin Tab

Using an incognito window is a good way to test something without being signed in to your Google account;

Go to settings > New incognito window.

Go Incognito

Chrome Tips

Using the Chromebook Stylus

Chrome includes some useful Stylus Tools for teaching, which can be accessed from the Stylus menu :

Capture region / screen - Take a partial or full screenshot and have the image automatically save to Google Drive;

Create note - Quickly launch Google Keep and create a note to write directly onto the screen;

Laser pointer - Use your stylus as a laser pointer, perfect when your connected to a projector.

Magnifying glass - Use your stylus to make part of your screen bigger.


Classrooms throughout college now include a Chromecast, which allows you to:

Wirelessly connect to a screen or projector;

Cast just one Chrome tab or your entire desktop;

Play a YouTube video directly to a Chromecast.

The advantages to this approach include:

Free to move around the room with the Chromebook as there are no more wires;

Slides and other lesson materials can be loaded on your Chromebook and ready to go before entering the classroom;

A single tab can be casted, hiding everything else you have on your screen.

How to


To Chromecast your screen:

Open Chrome and select the Cast extension . If this isn’t visible click the Settings menu and select Cast.

Choose whether you’d like to cast a single tab or entire desktop.

Select your classroom number.

Add Features and Functionality with Apps & Extensions

Chrome Web Store

Apps & extensions: Use the Chrome Web Store to explore apps and extensions you can install on your Chromebook or Chrome browser;

Easy to install: After finding an app you’d like to add, simply click Add to Chrome;

Stay in sync: Sign-in to Chrome on your desktop computer so you can sync your apps and Chrome settings;

Manage extensions: You can manage extension settings in Chrome by clicking More > More tools > Extensions;

Permissions: Some extensions will request permission to read and change site data. Check these carefully and make sure it’s from a trusted provider.

Share to Classroom

The Share to Classroom Chrome extension enables you to push web pages to student Chromebooks and desktop computers. With this extension you can quickly:

Push a web page to a class of students;

Create an assignment;

Ask a question in Classroom;

Make an announcement in Classroom;

Students can also send pages back to you.

Explore apps and extensions

Explore the apps and extensions available in the Chrome Web Store:

Go to the Chrome Web Store - https://chrome.google.com/webstore;

Install and try some of the apps and extensions. To get you started, I’ve listed some of our recommended apps below.

Share to Classroom


Read & Write


Play Store

You can find and download Android apps on your Chromebook by going to the Play Store:

Load the Play Store from the Shelf or the app Launcher;

Install Android apps with a single click;

Next, let’s look at some of the apps available.

Play Store Apps [Try on your device]

Use the Student Selector tool to randomly select a student;

Annotate student work when marking.

Google Classroom

Draw with pencils, pens, and brushes and export to Adobe Photoshop;

Great for sketchnoting.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Digital science notebook made by Google;

Measure light, sound, and acceleration using your Chromebook sensors.

Science Journal

Guide students through VR tours;

Immersive learning tool to explore anything from landmarks or go to space.

Google Expeditions

Explore the world from above with satellite imagery and 3D terrain;

View guided tours from BBC, NASA, and National Geographic.

Google Earth

Browse the entire TED Talks video library.



Jamboard is Google’s collaborative digital whiteboard, perfect for touchscreen Chromebooks! Jamboard is available to install from the Play Store or you can go to jamboard.google.com.

Collaboration - Have your entire class join a Jam and collaborate simultaneously;

AutoDraw and Recognition - Convert handwriting to text and transform drawings to images;

Insert notes - add sticky notes for sharing ideas;

Search the web or add a Drive file - Import external resources and use these in a Jam;

Share in Classroom - Jam’s exist as files in your Drive, which can be shared in Classroom.

Find more ideas and activities

Resources to explore

Our very own Digital Learning site full of great Chromebook apps and ideas for teachers and students.

myBarton Digital Hub

Control Alt Achieve is full of G Suite and Chromebook resources for educators.

Control Alt Achieve

Explore ideas and apps suggested by educators from around the world.

Filter by age, category or subject.

Chromebook App Hub

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler contains a wide range of G Suite resources and activities perfect for Chromebooks.

Teacher Tech

Chromebook Training Guide [PUBLIC]
Tags Chromebook, Guide, Teaching, Chrome, Google Classroom
Type Google Slide
Published 20/10/2020, 06:05:19