Chromebook Only Experiment Day 1

I won’t try to lie and say that I am sold on the Chromebook nor do I think I could use it as my only machine. That being said the only way to know its strengths and weaknesses is to jump in all the way.

First let me share a little background on me and my intentions for this project.

  • Hardware: Samsung $249 Chrombook with $30 Management Software
  • Immerse myself in the world of Chrome to see if this is a viable option for student use
  • Research educational uses for the Chromebook and parallel what we are already doing in the classroom
  • Model the use of the device to teachers and staff and answer questions they may have

How will I do this?

  1. Leave my Macbook Air at home so I cannot fall off of the Chromebook bandwagon
  2. My use of any other device besides the Chromebook has to be the same access as a student would be given (labs, teacher computers, etc.)
  3. I give myself the option to abort this mission if for some reason I cannot perform essential functions of my job and document them here.



Day 1 Progress

From un-boxing to ready to use took about 3 minutes. Before I logged in for the first time I setup a few things in the management console in my Google Apps domain and those settings were setup instantly (Homepage, Apps, Extenstions). I installed all of the apps that I normally use such as Tweetdeck, Evernote, and Dropbox. Everything was auto-magically setup. So far so good. Setting up macbooks and labs in the summer takes the bulk of my time. Its going to be so nice when I do not have to worry about that anymore!

Are you using Chromebooks in your district? If so are you 1:1? How has your experience been so far?



TJ Houston

TJ Houston the Vice President of Managed services at Epiphany Management Group. TJ leads professional development in all areas of technology and loves developing ways to make teachers, students, and staff's lives easier with the use of technology. TJ also loves photography and his portfolio can be found at All of the views on this site are his own.