Going #Chromando Project Update 2

Today marks the 26th day going Chromando. Within this month I have been to several meetings, training’s and conferences and I have been able to put the Chromebook to the test.

Offline:

It took me a little while to enable the offline features for Gmail, Drive, and Calendar and upon researching I found that the Chrome Webstore has a whole section off offline apps. You can find those apps here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/collection/offline_enabled

As some of you may know I also run a photography studio (tjshots.com) and in this area the Chromebook does fall short. The workflows that I have for mass image editing and uploading does not compare (and really shouldn’t) to the my Macbook air. I realize that using this device for Photoshop and Lightroom is not a realistic expectation for the device. The reason that I bring that up is because that is really the only major thing that I have not been able to do.

 

Things that I hope improve over time:

Dropbox- I am a Dropbox addict and I have designed a lot of workflows around Dropbox and interfacing with the web has not been a 100% pleasant experience.

Java- I am starting to find a few things that are java (not javascript) dependent such as Blackboard, Screen recorders and some online textbooks. That being said I think this will change over time as we see more and more applications move to less dependencies on outside plugins and resources.

HDMI to VGA support- I do a lot of presenting from my mobile device. I really hope an adapter comes out soon that will work with the Samsung Chromebook that will allow me to connect to VGA projectors.

Edit: Also I have not been able to find a great way to enjoy Audible content

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 http://www.tjshots.com. All of the views on this site are his own.