More and more schools are embracing Chromebooks in the classroom as their 1:1 device. I am still convinced that having access to a touch device for learning is still the best type of device for learning however when it comes to Chromebooks and the Google Apps for Education ecosystem in particular – it’s a very compelling argument. It’s certainly Google’s trojan horse to impact upon Apple’s dominance with the excellent iPad.
I spent an awesome day yesterday at the outstanding Streetly Academy near Birmingham. The aptly titled ‘Chromebook Conference’ looked at how learning could be enhanced by using Chromebooks in the classroom.
My keynote focused upon looking at learners and how we can help students to achieve not only their learning potential but their dreams.
— StreetlyScience (@StreetlyScience) February 13, 2015
I was really pleased with the feedback, both by social channels and face to face.
— Billy Downie (@billydownie) February 13, 2015
— Ian Nairn (@IanNairn) February 13, 2015
Following my keynote we broke to different workshops of which I ran three. One of them I did twice due to demand ‘Being a Ninja Chrome user’ and ‘Google Forms using AFL’.
The Ninja Chrome session was great fun and we learned lots. I wasn’t able to sort a quick change in to a ninja outfit so I kicked the session off with a bit of ‘Jaguar Skills’ which gave us some great music to kick off the session:
And then we looked at different ways to build our skills at using Google’s Chrome browser.
- Shortcut keys to improve marginal gains to become efficient users of Chrome
- Accessibility features
- Hacking websites for learning activities using the ‘Inspect Element’ option
- Extensions to make our lives easier
- Google Hangouts on Air and other screencasting methods
- Taking screenshots using Chrome
The simple shortcuts which can actually be lifesavers proved popular:
— Streetly Raise (@StreetlyRaise) February 13, 2015
…and I was blown away with some of the most amazingly creative ideas from teachers which were practiced, created and shared on website hacks for learning via the ‘inspect element’ option in Chrome..
The day finished off with a presentation from Marc Sanz Lopez from Google talking about 10X, Google in education and more. He shared some great thoughts and ideas in his session which again, resonated well and was a great way to finish off a brilliant day.
— Demi Oni (@DemiOni1) February 13, 2015