Here are some updates from OPA Support from the first 2 weeks of school.
1. Whitelisted Apps
Below is a list of new Apps now available from the Chrome Web Store on Teacher Chromebooks:
AdBlocker for Youtube – Easily block unwanted ads from youtube videos… Details
Explain Everything – Notes and Lesson Plan Management tool. Notability for Teachers… Details
RealtimeBoard for Education – Collaboration whiteboard application… Details
Noise Thermometer – Keep track of the noise level in your classroom… Details
Keep Awake – Prevent your screen from sleeping… Details
DocHub – Fill Forms, edit and annotate on PDFs… Details
Mercury Reader – Clear the clutter from websites and read the article without distraction… Details
Screencastify – Record your screen and share to the world… Details
Tinkercad – A simple but powerful 3D design tool… Details
Gliffy Diagrams – Create diagrams and flowcharts with ease… Details
*Note, these apps are not force installed on your device. If you would like any of these applications, you must add them from the Chrome Web Store or by clicking the “Details” button above.
2. Force Installed Apps
These apps are force installed on all Teacher Devices and you can access them from the App Drawer at any time.
Chrome Remote Desktop – Allow Support to Remotely access to your device to help…Details
Google Keep – Keep notes and lists, and collaborate with coworkers… Details
Google Hangouts – Communicate via messaging, video, or audio securely… Details
Google Forms – Create surveys, quizzes, and more with this tool… Details
Google Docs – Document Editor with powerful collaboration tools… Details
Google Sheets – Powerful spreadsheet application… Details
Google Slides – Presentation creations from any device… Details
Google Docs Offline – Access your files when you do not have internet access… Details
Camera – Take photos with your school device… Details
Google Cast for Education – Give your students the ability to present to your class… Details
IPEVO Presenter – A digital document camera app for your IPEVO Doc Camera… Details
IPEVO Whiteboard – Smartboard application for your IPEVO Document Camera… Details
Google Drive – Unlimited storage of all your files, photos, and videos… Details
Google Classroom – Digital Learning environments… Details
Google Drawings – Draw and create with this easy tool… Details
3. Student Sign Out Button
Students are in a hurry, and often times forget to log out of their computers, opening them up for unwanted access by other students. As an added convenience for students and an added security measure against malicious access to student accounts, Support has pushed out a noticeable red “Sign Out” button to all student accounts. It is located on the bottom right side of their screen and makes the process of logging out several clicks easier. As a teacher, all you have to do is tell them to hit the red button to log out, it’s that simple.
4. Student TAs
All student TAs now have the ability to make more copies and prints to aid in classroom tasks. Please do not give a student TA your login information, let them use their own information.