Another successful week using a Chromebook only. I brought in a USB mouse from home to make life a little easier versus a trackpad. Nothing wrong with it, just more comfortable using a mouse. If we went with the Chromebox with USB mouse & keyboard, that wouldn't be an issue. I don't have much to add to what we already know about using Chrome OS, it's fast & it works. The other teacher that started using a Chromebook still does for everything except his PowerPoint presentations.
I had been using Fireshot extension for screenshots, but have been using Snagit, and it seems to be a little better. Mainly, it allows me to do some basic editing right away, instead of opening up Pixlr. I wish it would have the ability to erase things on the screen, but it does allow for adding in text & shapes. So that is something that Fireshot doesn't do.
I can honestly say that switching to a Chromebook has made my life a lot less frustrating. I had to use my computer this week to go to a site that was blocked on the Chromebook, device restrictions again. The delay in logging in, the delay in opening the browser...just so much. Once again, when teachers need to do something, we want speed. We don't have time to stare at a screen and wait for something to happen. We want to click on something and have it react right away.
It has helped me connect with the students and their devices. We are all using the same thing now. So I know exactly how it looks on their devices. I know how the apps & extensions operate and problems that come up. Being on the same operating system makes sense and benefits everyone.
That's all I have for this week. I just have to re-emphasize that if you have considered moving to Chrome OS, do it. Totally worth it.