Google Chromebooks are quickly becoming one of the go-to resources for cash-strapped school districts, innovative teachers, and students who need something a bit more than an iPad. They’re cheap, fast, leverage the cloud, and are starting to make big waves in the world of edtech.
In fact, you may soon start seeing more people recommending Chromebooks over iPads as they become even more powerful and more apps / tools are built for them.
But that’s the problem. You need to use a lot of custom-built apps and web services to effectively use Google Chromebooks in your classroom. Like Apple’s ‘walled garden’ of apps and tools, Chromebooks don’t natively support many tools that you’d come to expect. Since they leverage the cloud so much, they’re downright difficult to use for some.
In an effort to show how you can use Chromebooks AND your full-featured tools you know and love, Google has held a Google+ Hangout with a team of experts from the search giant. I watched it live and it was a terrific discussion. During the half-hour discussion (worth getting comfy for and watching the whole way through!), they details how virtualization works on Chromebooks. What is virtualization? Essentially it’s running other non-native software on your particular device. In this case, it’s virtualizing and using non-standard tools in an effort to make your Chromebook a bit more useful.
As you can see above, I wanted to devote a bit more screen space to this video because it’s long and detailed. The full-screen mode of Edudemic is now a function of our new design. Hope you enjoy!