Chromebooks

More and more of our districts are considering and going with Chromebooks from Google as a way to deploy a large number of devices for student classroom use. Chrome Devices offer student access to their Google Apps, anything on the Internet, and a great collection of educational apps, but without much of the setup, deployment and management hassles of traditional Mac/PC operating systems. SEDC would like to facilitate the collaboration of our districts in the deployment and management of these Chrome devices.

To facilitate the collaboration within our region, we've set up a Chromebooks Users Group where we can ask questions and post solutions and best practices. Let us know if you'd like to be a member of this group.

 

SEDC Chromebooks Conference Notes & Resources
December 10, 2013 at the Iron County District Offices

 

Introductions and Welcome - Randy Johnson & Cory Stokes

Randy and Cory welcomed the group. Attendees were from Carbon, Millard, Iron, Beaver, Cache, Granite, Garfield and WCSD Districts as well as SESC, SEDC, Superintendent Carlson and State School Board Member Barbara Corry

 

Overview/Discussion of Iron District's Implementation - Randy Yardley and Iron Team

  • Get a Google Domain

  • Buy Chromebooks (with Google Education Management License) and enroll them in your domain

  • Import a class of students in a sub organization

  • Manage user settings in a sub organization

  • Randy demonstrated ICSD management

  • Get a school expert and give them admin rights

  • Be strict about naming standards (need 8 character password)

  • Students use same username and password for Active Directory, Powerschool and Gmail

  • Device Management-User settings(set home page, tabs, URL Blocking,)

  • Restrict Sign in, can set so only school domains can log in

  • Discussed export from SIS

  • Best to have classroom sets, not sharing

  • Review Video (http://youtu.be/Fmgn5JSTAaI)

  • Printing, just use lab

  • Access to web store, templates, extensions

  • Link to presentation

 

Overview/Discussion of Washington's District's Implementation - Charlie Roberts

and the Washington Team

  • Charlie reviewed the implementation process WCSD has used

  • Growth was great when put into classrooms (as opposed to sharing)

  • Keeping Wireless up is a challenge (especially when students use personal devices)

  • Has several schools one to one using Rickus

  • Tech problems are minimal, broken screens are most common, repairs are minimal

  • Charlie showed video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBjmTsFisT8)

  • Less software, flipped class, student access, collaboration and content crossover were discussed in video. Using Google account allows access from any device

  • Challenges discussed in videos-students forgetting to log out, allows others access and getting funding

  • Charlie discussed his funding approach and his E Tech program, how important Professional Development is

  • Jim Black shared that WCSD has 2,156 Chromebooks

  • Domain management tool is tied to domain, cannot be transferred without the help of Google

  • 30,000 users all in one domain (teachers and users) Can go up to 100,000?

  • Students can only be in one organization,

  • Use groups to assign students to teacher groups for email and document sharing purposes

  • Admin roles, create roles as needed at organizational level

  • Updates to devices, using setting in management to spread out updates over 7 days as opposed to all at once to preserve bandwidth

  • Principal Testimonial on Chromebook Implementation (YouTube) - Brad Christensen, Hurricane Intermediate School

  • WCSD not using cases, Charlie encourages the purchase of charging carts ($800) as opposed to carts ($1600-1700) Click here to see options http://goo.gl/Nf4Fpf

 

Discussion of the Millard's network upgrade to support their ChromeBook implementation - Kevin Chapman  

  • Kevin discussed the evolution of the wiring in buildings, often wiring out of necessity, not planned for long term. Closets were taken off, buildings were not constructed with the physical needs.

  • Wireless had to change as more portable devices were brought in.

  • Adding phone systems, bells, surveillance

  • Student devices are added

  • Now Bandwidth was an issue

  • Predict, plan and measure as opposed to being reactive

  • Discussed Wireless Evaluation Project implemented by SEDC

  • Project allowed schools to determine where needs were and how to implement coverage

  • Assessing the current technology was essential in creating a plan

  • Jack commented that some of the infrastructure was bypassed for expediting (different networks)

  • Wiring can be an issue in older buildings due to lack of access

  • Cody commented how important was to determine the capability of a site before purchasing devices

  • Kevin agreed that sites need to work with Tech depts to purchase the right model/software

  • Link to presentation

 

Discussion of the Garfield wireless network upgrade to support their ChromeBook implementation - Gerald Talbot

  • Gerald discussed their move to Ruckus Wireless from Cisco (Cost for expansion)

  • Discussed the Wireless Evaluation and how helpful it was to create a plan for 1:1

  • Gerald shared technical details-see powerpoint

  • See recommendations in slideshow

  • Jack explained 3x3 device and the capacity of access points

  • Many devices will use 2 spatial streams

  • Jack shared that SEDC has purchased some of the tools needed to do some evaluations and can make suggestions based on accurate data, not guessing.

  • Link to presentation

 

Discussion of educational resources and tools for ChromeBook implementation - Clint Stephens and the SEDC Team

  • All apps follow students, not devices

  • Discussed limitations/benefits

  • Comment was made that it’s hard to convince some to change

  • Revision History, Research Tool, Document Translation, sharing and publishing

  • Reviewed paperless classroom workflow

  • Clint shared using forms for students to turn work in

  • Chromebook apps, many educational ones are free, students can add

  • Jim brought up logging into Chrome can be problematic because it can sync to other devices

  • Clint shares excellent help resources

  • Link to presentation

 

Thanks to Scott Harpster for working on this solution to get Chromebooks to log in and authenticate with Active Directory and WPA2-Enterprise networks. If you have any questions or need any help implementing this in your district/schools in the SEDC region, you can contact Scott here.

View or download Implementing Chromebooks with WPA2-Enterprise (802.1x) here.

 

From the Google Apps Blog

"Admins now have the ability to customize 100+ Chrome policies for users right from the Google Admin panel. That means employees will be able to access pre-loaded applications, custom themes, or a private app web store from any computer -- whether it’s the company desktop or personal laptop -- when they sign-in to Chrome with their Google Apps account.

Editions included:
Google Apps for Business and Education

For more information:
http://www.google.com/chrome/work
http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2013/04/new-chrome-features-bring-modern-web-to.html
http://support.google.com/chrome/a/bin/answer.py?answer=188446"

The Chrome management in the domain console now affects the desktop browsers as well as the Chromebooks. If a user setups Chrome Sync on their desktop browser, with an account managed by the school/district domain, any of the Chrome settings, ie: Blacklists, start pages, etc, will also apply to the desktop browser.

If you do not want this feature, under Users, choose Services for the organization, and turn off Google Chrome Management. This will not affect the management of Chromebooks, only the desktop browsers.

Thanks to Jim Black for sharing this information.

 

Here are the things you need to do to get your Chromebooks ready for online testing. BIG thanks to Jim Black from Washington County for doing the work, creating this document and sharing it with the rest of us. 

NOTE: If you do intend to use Chromebooks for online testing this year, please make sure to notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at USOE of your intentions.


Below are online resources from Google to help with these issues. I'll also keep my Chromebook Notes collection up-to-date with any relevant resources to help the group.

Chromebook & Chromebox Deployment Help page

  • Includes First Steps, Educational app suggestions, and tips to Teach the essentials.

Chrome Devices FAQ

Chromebook Enrollment Tips

Chromebook Administrators Setup Steps

Chrome Devices for Education - Technical Planning Guide (PDF) - Topics include:

  • About This Guide
  • Evaluating Chrome Devices
  • Wireless
  • Device Security 
  • Policy Settings and Privacy
  • Educational Apps for Chrome Devices
  • Printing with Chrome Devices
  • Remote Access and Virtualization
  • Readiness Checklist for Deployment
  • Chrome Device Evaluation Surveys
  • Next Steps

Additional Resources and Support:

Clint's Chromebook Notes Collection

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