What is a Chromebook?
Q. What is a Chromebook?
A. “Chromebooks are mobile devices designed specifically for people who live on the web. With a comfortable, full-sized keyboard, large display and clickable track pad, all-day battery life, light weight and built-in ability to connect to Wi-Fi and mobile broadband networks, the Chromebook is ideal for any time, anywhere access to the web. They provide a faster, safer, more secure online experience for people who live on the web, without all the time-consuming, often confusing, high level of maintenance required by typical computers.” (“Google”)
Q. What kind of software does a Chromebook run?
A. “Chromebooks run millions of web-based applications, or web apps, that open right in the browser. You can access web apps by typing their URL into the address bar or by installing them instantly from the Chrome Web Store.” (“Google”)
Q. How are these web-based applications managed?
A. Each Chromebook we provide to students is a managed device. Members of Ravenscroft’s Office of Information & Instructional Technology maintain devices through Ravenscroft’s Google Apps for Education account. As such, the school can pre-install web-applications as well as block specific web-applications from a centralized management console.
Q. What if I need to use traditional software applications?
A. Ravenscroft’s Office of Information & Instructional Technology is presently working on plans to implement a Virtualized Desktop hosted here on campus that runs traditional software applications. Much like the Remote Desktop Service that students can access today this virtualized desktop solution would provide students with a traditional desktop which they can access from their Chromebook if they so choose. However, we do recommend students do their primary work in their Ravenscroft Google Apps for Education account.
Q. What devices can I connect to a Chromebook?
A. Chromebooks can connect to:
- USB storage, mice and keyboards (see supported file systems)
- SIM cards
- SD cards
- External monitors and projectors
- Headsets, earsets, microphones
Q. Can the Chromebook be used anywhere at anytime?
A. Yes, as long as you have a WiFi signal to access the web. In addition, Google has made both Gmail and Google Docs accessible offline via Chrome plugins.
Q. Do Chromebooks come with Internet Filtering Software?
A. No. Chromebooks do not come with internet filtering software. However, while on campus Chromebooks will use the School’s WiFi to access the internet which is filtered using OpenDNS. While at home, the Chromebooks will be filtered based on the protection provided by your home WiFi system.
Ravenscroft recommends the following filtering systems for home use:
- OpenDNS. For more information on using OpenDNS’ free service at home click here.
Ravenscroft is presently researching Securly for its Chromebook program as the web-based internet filter offers families the ability for the school to filter Chromebooks while at home as well.
Q. Is there antivirus built into it?
A. It is not necessary to have antivirus software on Chromebooks because there are no running programs for viruses to infect.
Q. How much do they weigh?
A. Chromebooks weigh 3.2 lbs compared to:
- an iPad2 weighing 1.33 lbs
- a Macbook Air weighing 2.96 lbs
- a Lenovo x220 Tablet weighing 3.9 lbs
- a Macbook Pro weighing 5.6 lbs
- the average weight of a textbook at 3.5 lbs
Q. Battery life?
A. Chromebooks have a rated battery life of 6.5 to 8.5 hours based on the model. However, we do recommend that students charge them each evening to ensure maximum performance during the school day.
Google. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Sep 2011.