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Chromebook Resources

Tips for parents and students

What is a Chromebook:

A Chromebook is a computer running the Google Chrome OS (Operating System). Although this device has some offline capabilities, it is designed to be used while connected to the Internet. Rather than use traditional software that resides on the device itself, Chromebooks utilize web applications and cloud storage to create a unique user experience. The web applications allow the device to quickly boot upon system startup. In addition to utilizing cloudstorage, Chromebooks have an internal hard drive that documents can also be saved to. USB peripheral devices such as a wireless mouse or a flash drive will work however, students will not be able to install software or run executable files.

What can I create on a Chromebook?

Why a Chromebook? Online tools for these common tasks.

Open the Google doc

There are millions of web resources you can access on any web-based device, but here are a few suggestions for web apps that you can find in the Google Chrome Web Store or that simply work directly in your browser without the need of an app.  These work in the Chrome browser, on a desktop or laptop, and of course they work on Chromebooks.
Thanks to Kellie Ady (Denver) & Peter Vogel (Vancouver BC) for the research.   Many of these resources have not been evaluated by USD253.

How to log in:

Students will  log in with their email address as the username and a password. Student usernames are student number @usd253.net. (Example: 123456@usd253.net) 

Charging and battery life:

Your Lenovo Chromebook is expected to last about 9.5 hours on a full charge.  The charging port is located on the side and the battery life indicator is located on the lower left hand corner of the screen. 

Who to contact for technical support:

Contact the tech in your building or call the help desk at 620-341-2244.

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