Going #Chromando Project Update

I wanted to update everyone on my going “Chromando”  project in which I will be using only the Chromebook for the next month or so.

Here are a few limitations I have found using the Chromebook:

  1. Photoshop and Lightroom- As a photographer I am always in these two programs. That being said I understand that this is not what this tool is for. 
  2. Screen Recorder- I have not been able to find a screen recorder that works with the Chromebook. It seems like all of the websites that offer this are heavily based in Java.
  3. Projector Connection- I have been un-successful at finding an adapter that allows me to connect a VGA projector to my Samsung Chromebook.

Other then those few things everything is going swell so far.

These are the things I love so far:

  1. I love the instant on- For once the technology is not taking away from instructional time. Student can open their devices and they are ready to move!
  2. I love the speed- Being solid state, the read write times are extremely fast and I dont find myself waiting for any file transfer etc.
  3. I love the ease of use- I can put this device in front of anyone who has used a web browser and they can use the device.

A few other notes.

C7

Today I received the Acer C7 as a demo unit. I really wish I could meld the Samsung and the Acer Chromebooks together and make one super Chromebook.

First thoughts on the Acer C7:

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Likes:

  • VGA Connection
  • More keys on the keyboard (Delete & Backspace)
  • Ethernet

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Dislikes:

  • Spinning Disk Hard Drive
  • Battery life
  • Replaceable battery (Bad for students and loss issues)
  • AC Adapter (Part that can be removed. I see loss issues)

 

If you have any suggestions or something to add please leave a comment!

Thanks

TJ

TJ Houston

TJ Houston is the Director of Technology at Shelby City Schools and New London Local Schools for Epiphany Management. 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.

  • Mike Vlasman

    TJ,

    I sounds to me like the iPad has all your likes, and overcomes all your dislikes for the Chromebook. Any thoughts?

    • The likes and dislikes were meant for the C7 version of the Chromebook not Chromebooks in general. Looking back I guess I did not make that clear. As for platform its a little to early to say for sure which is the best because I have not spent as much time with the Chromebook as I have with the iPad. Stay tuned as I hope to have a better answer to this question in the future.

      Thanks
      TJ

  • Who’s the Punny one now?

  • Kent Wilmes

    I will be watching your experiment unfold. We thought about going the Chromebook route but we were informed that there would be a $30 licensing fee per unit. I am still interested in your results as it seems like a viable option if students are heavy Google Docs users.

    • The $30 management is optional, it is actually cheaper then most management packages which are usually charged yearly.

  • I’ve heard others using a Google Hangout for screencasting, recording directly to Youtube then. I haven’t had a chance to try it though.

  • Tim Reeves

    Wouldn’t a standard HDMI to VGA adapter work? Surely this thing is going to be like Apple and require a special adapter for common things like this?????