January 13, 2019
Chromebooks are laptops with touch screens that are becoming increasingly popular in Education. They run Google's Chrome OS instead of Windows or macOS. Available from a number of manufacturers, they can be priced lower than other comparable laptops.
Chromebooks are intended to be used mostly when connected to the Internet with documents saved to the cloud. It's possible to use Google Docs and Microsoft Office, YouTube, and anything that can be viewed in a web browser.
Increasingly, Chromebooks are available that can run Android apps, and many of these apps can also be used offline. Our Special Stories and Special Words apps can be installed on a Chromebook by downloading from Google Play.
In the photo on the leftfirst photo above we are running Special Stories on an ASUS Chromebook. As well as controlling the app using the touch-screen, you can also enter text from the keyboard, tap using the touchpad and optionally use a wireless mouse. You can print and email your stories, and share stories over Wi-Fi with other devices running Special Stories (Chromebooks, Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads).
The photo on the rightsecond photo above shows the same Chromebook folded so it can be used as a tablet, and running Special Words. All the standard features of Special Words on Android, including sharing word lists with Android and iOS devices, can be used in exactly the same way as on an Android tablet or phone.
If you look closely, you will see a row of app icons along the bottom of the first screen. This is the Chromebook "shelf", and is similar to the Windows task bar or macOS dock. With recent versions of Chrome OS, you can easily hide the shelf (as on the second screen).
If you are using several Chromebooks in a school, be aware that to use paid Android apps such as ours, you need to purchase one copy of the app for each Chromebook. Please contact us if you have any questions about licensing and deployment.