Chromebooks expanded globally, making Chromebooks the number 1 device in K-12 education globally for the last year. To open up possibilities for note taking, digital reading, art, filming video reports, podcasts, and early learning apps, Chromebooks are now available in multiple formats, like convertibles, clamshells and tablets, and come with stylus support and touchscreen functionality. And to increase access, Chromebooks now come with multiple connectivity options including WiFi and mobile broadband. Today there’s a device for every learner and a growing ecosystem of apps for students and teachers alike– over 40 million of them around the world– with the Chromebook App Hub offering engaging apps and fresh lesson ideas.
On this occasion, let’s explore the new Chromebook features
- Screen Capture tool that lets you take screenshots and screen recordings, great for recording lessons and sharing with students. The screen capture will immediately show up in Tote, a new space that keeps important files right at your fingertips – perfect for adding images or videos to presentations or group projects. To help keep track of the many links and homework assignments, Chromebook now has a Clipboard that saves the last five items copied so you can easily paste any or all to a new page without needing to switch between tabs.
- Support for eight Desks, students can have separate desks for each class, and teachers can keep their lesson planning separate from grading. Also, when you reboot, your windows will restore to their previous desks so workflows aren’t interrupted.
- Select-to-speak, to support students with dyslexia and those who need additional reading support. Students can now press pause and resume play, adjust the speed at which content is being read and skip between sentences and paragraphs using the new Select-to-Speak control panel or keyboard shortcuts.
- API for user and printer policies, IT administrators sometimes managing hundreds of thousands of Chromebooks can now write scripts to manage policies at scale, in addition to using Admin Console.
- Add a school account for families helping their children learn from home, they can now add a school account to their personal Google account managed with Family Link to approve content and help kids develop healthy device habits, and even create a PIN to make sign-in easier for young kids.
Marking Chromebook’s 10th Birthday, let’s move forward with the certainty that students are receiving the best education possible anytime, anywhere. So, happy birthday Chromebook & here’s to many more!