Planning to Use Chromebook in Your Online Teaching? Here Are 10 Basic Things to Know about It

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If you are new to Chromebook or are planning to use it in your (online) teaching, the visual below contains some helpful tips that will help you better understand what you can and can not do with your Chromebook. This visual, as we have stated in an earlier version of this post, is based on insights from Chromebook Help page where you can  access and learn more about  the functionalities of  Chromebook. Check out the textual version of this post below the visual.

10 Important Things You Should Know about Your  Chromebook

1- What’s the difference between Chromebooks and other computers, like Windows or Mac OS?
Chromebooks use a specific operating system called Chrome OS that is lightweight and is supposed to help you perform tasks much quicker.

2- Do Chromebooks work offline?
Yes.There are a wide variety of apps that you can use offline on your Chromebook. Some examples include: Offline Gmail, Google Keep, Google Calendar, Google Drive apps (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) and many more.

3- Does Microsoft Office work on a Chromebook?
Yes it does. You can use Chromebook to access, edit, view and work on your Microsoft Office files.

4- Does iTunes work on a Chromebook?
No it doesn’t but you can use iTunes to add music to your Google Play Music library.

5- How do I store and organize photos?
The best option for you is Google Photos, where you can safely save and organize your photos for free.

6- Do I need to store files online or on Chromebook?
It depends on which option you want to choose: You can store photos on your Chromebook or you can store them in a cloud-based file storage platform such as Google Drive. The latter option allows you to access your stored files across different devices.

7- Do Chromebooks have CD or DVD drives?
‘Chromebooks don’t have a CD or DVD drive, but you can play saved music and movie files in any of the compatible file types with the media player. You can also play files from a USB drive or SD card.’

8- Can I print with a Chromebook?
‘Yes, you can. To print with a Chromebook, set up your printer or set up Google Cloud Print.’

9- What kinds of accessories can I use with a Chromebook?
‘Mac or Windows USB drives, computer mice, keyboards, and external storage devices work well with Chromebooks.’

10- Where can I find apps to install on my Chromebook?
You can use Google Play Store or the Chrome Web Store to search for and find apps to install on your Chromebook.