While at first glance a Chromebook looks like a "mini laptop," the Chromebook environment is actually very different from that of a traditional laptop. One major difference is that no software is ever installed on a Chromebook, so if you use specialized software that does not have a web-based component, you wouldn't be able to use that on a Chromebook. However, since most applications that most teachers use are now Internet-based, the Chromebook is a great tool for its portability and versatility.
Some advantages of Chromebooks are:
- speed - boots up and connects to Internet within seconds
- battery life - up to 7 hours without recharging
- weight - lightweight and portable
- access to email & H drive via Webdesk
Your Instructional Technology Team has been hard at work for many weeks creating and curating the resources you will need for Chromebook success! Click the links below to learn more about making the most of your Chromebooks, both for personal use and for your students' learning.
Plano ISD Chromebook Academy Website
Plano ISD Chromebook YouTube Channel (check back often, as more videos are being added on a regular basis)
Plano ISD Webdesk | Webdesk Quick Start Guide
After you've reviewed the materials above, test your Chromebook knowledge by playing our fun Chromebook game. Just log in with your PISD Google account! (Want to know how we made this cool game? Contact us! )
Do you have feedback on our Chromebook Academy site? Suggestions for things we should include? Let us know!