I have been talking a lot lately about the Chromebook that we bought for testing purposes in our district. Despite the talk I haven’t actually been using it a whole lot. For the past 3 months it was with a student (see my previous post) and since I got it back from her it has pretty much sat on my desk.
If you preach it you better be ready to live it. So I will! Here are the steps I have taken to insure an easy transition.
1) Copied all of my important files to my Google Drive.
Using Google Drive is so easy. If you haven’t already go to http://drive.google.com and download the software. Just like DropBox, it creates a folder on your computer and then it is just a matter of copy and pasting your documents in. Once you have them on your Google Drive you can read them but you will need to convert them if you want to edit the documents. Not a big deal either. Open the document in your Google Drive, then choose File -> Open with -> Google Docs and it converts the document for you.
2) Setup Remote Desktop Chrome app on a windows computer
This one may not be necessary for you but I manage a network of over 1,000 users and I need to have access to the management tools that I use. Shutting myself out of those tools for the sake of science would not be a wise choice. Setting up the Remote Desktop Chrome app happens on both sides. I setup Google Chrome on the Windows Server that I am using, logged into Chrome, added the app (I’m pretty sure if I had been a little more patient it would have automatically loaded because I already had it on my account), and enabled remote access.
3) Shed a tear as I closed my MacBook Pro
I’m not a fanboy but I like to have access to whatever I need when I need it. I won’t lie. I’m worried. But if I plan to put these devices in the hands of students I better be able to defend that choice. If I hate it, I know the students will most likely hate it.
I will continue to update over the next month on the highs and lows of the adventure.