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The Chromebook Classroom Podcast

If you want to use Chromebooks to improve teaching and learning, this is the show for you! I interview teachers and district leaders who are using Chromebooks in creative and inspiring ways, answer your Chromebook questions, and share the best tools and resources for teaching with Chromebooks. Chromebooks are an amazing tool for the classroom, but using them well does require some thought and planning. I’m glad you are here and can’t wait to help you teach with Chrome!
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Oct 25, 2021

My guest on this episode is Brooke Taylor, a middle and high school art teacher in Bridgeport, Illinois.

If you are interested in using ChromeOS for creative projects, I encourage you to listen to the great tips and project ideas Brooke generously shares during our conversation.

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Oct 18, 2021

It's time to dive into my EdTech toolbox and take inventory of the best web-based resources for K-5 students!

There are a LOT of tools to consider. To make things a little easier, I'm organizing these resources into three categories:

  • Skill-building - tools that will help students develop skills in reading, writing, or math.
  • Learning support - resources that will assist students as they are exploring the activities you assign to them.
  • Creativity tools - tools that allow students to demonstrate and share learning in unique and personal ways.

Did I miss one of your favorite elementary tools or resources? Send me a tweet or drop a comment on this post and let me know what I missed!

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Oct 11, 2021

As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter.

The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!).

Here are my favorite links for October 2021:

  1. More space for comments in Docs
  2. Don’t let students get “kicked out” of Google Classroom 
  3. New "meeting note" Template 
  4. Teaching with Google Arts & Culture 
  5. New Meet settings for Google Classroom
  6. Screencastify updates
  7. Mock Social Media Templates
  8. Frightgeist 2021
  9. Digital Pumpkin Carving
  10. Halloween Choiceboard

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Oct 4, 2021

My guest today is Peter Horner (@PeterGHorner), IT manager for Barton Peveril College in Hampshire, UK.

Over the past six years, Peter has helped move the college to the Google Cloud and transitioned much of the faculty and student from traditional PCs to Chromebooks.

Today, Peter and his team manage more than 1,500 Chromebooks for the college.

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Sep 27, 2021

Google Sites is a well-loved tool for creating simple class websites, portfolios, and student projects. 

While Sites is simple to use, it does offer some powerful advanced features you can use to scale Google Sites for your next class project or the creation of class pages for all of the teachers in your building.

Here are four advanced elements of Google Sites that you may have overlooked. 

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Sep 20, 2021

Every Wednesday from October - May I am offering a LIVE webinar exploring the latest tips, tools, and trends in classroom technology!

Preparing and researching 30 unique webinars is a LOT of work, so this program isn't free, but it is a good value when compared with attending a conference or full-day workshop.

You can learn more and sign up here: Chrmbook.com/webinar

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

 

Sep 15, 2021

Gabriel Brangers (@gabrielbrangers), co-founder of Chrome Unboxed, is an expert in ChromeOS hardware. He has know's everything that's worth knowing about current AND future Chromebooks!

Gabe joins me to explain some of the key things you should consider when buying a personal Chromebook and he shares some helpful tips for district administrators who are looking to make Chromebook purchases this year.

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

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Sep 8, 2021

As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter.

The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!).

Here are my favorite links for September 2021:

  1. Improvements to offline access for Drive
  2. How do you spend your time?
  3. Formula Suggestions in Sheets
  4. Educational Duct Tape
  5. Don’t be a tabaholic!
  6. “Selfie Card” activity
  7. Crossword with Sheets
  8. 9 Coding Apps
  9. Annotate any webpage with Spade
  10. Introducing "cursive."

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Aug 30, 2021

The start of the school year means that it is time to create a new Google Classroom for your students!

In this episode, I would like to summarize some of the strategies I have learned and how I am using Google Classroom to connect with my students and organize my lessons.

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review! 

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show! 

Aug 23, 2021

Enrolling and managing Chromebooks through the Google Admin Console is a lot of work!

Fortunately, there are several outstanding tools that make the job of IT departments MUCH easier.

One of my favorites is Chromebook Getter, an essential tool for enrolling, tracking, and managing a fleet of Chromebooks.

This is my interview with Justin Warsitz, the CMO of AdminRemix.

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review! 

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show! 

Aug 16, 2021
A new age-based admin policy takes effect for all Google Workspace for Education domains on September 1, 2021.

This new policy has significant implications for Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome.

On this episode of the Chromebook Classroom Podcast, I explain why Google is making this change, how it will impact your users, and what you need to do to prepare.

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review! 

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show! 

Aug 9, 2021

As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter.

The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!).

Here are my favorite links for August 2021:

  1. New Google Meet “App”
  2. New Zoom app for Chromebooks
  3. Customize your “New Tab Page”
  4. Originality reports in Google Slides
  5. Make Google Classroom better! 
  6. Image placeholders in Slides  
  7. Unique periodic table of elements
  8. Student tech skills checklist
  9. Google Classroom Quiz
  10. Chromebook Quiz

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Aug 1, 2021

Get a sneak peek of what you can expect during season 6 of the Chromebook Classroom Podcast!

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Jul 15, 2021

As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter.

The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!).

Here are my favorite links for June 2021:

  1. NEW online course
  2. New age-based admin setting
  3. Custom templates for Google Sites
  4. Attend a meeting in-person or virtually
  5. Android Apps for Windows Laptops
  6. Giphy Chrome Extension
  7. Chromebook training guide
  8. July 17 is World emoji day!
  9. Three questions for professional learning
  10. A.I. Apocalypse

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Jun 25, 2021

On June 22, 2021, Google hosted a virtual event where they announced updates for Google Classroom, Google Meet, Google Drive, and Chromebooks.

All of these updates will be ready for you and your students this fall when you return to the classroom!

If you missed the anywhere school event, don't worry! I'll break down the entire thing in less than 30 minutes.

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review! 

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show! 

Jun 7, 2021

As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter.

The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!).

Here are my favorite links for June 2021:

  1. Google Admin Bootcamp
  2. Classroom Quickview Extension
  3. Google Meet looks a little different
  4. Google Slides “Theme Builder”
  5. New Jamboard Book
  6. Introducing Smart Canvas 
  7. Place text on top of images in Docs 
  8. Add a checklist in Google Docs 
  9. Free Google Classroom Course for teachers!
  10. The Anywhere School 2021

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

May 23, 2021

I recently took the Level 1 and Level 2 Google educator exam.

There are some important changes for 2021....in this episode, I break down what's new and share my tips for passing the L1 and L2 tests. 

 If you want to earn your Google certification this summer, I invite you to join me for the Google Certification Academy! You will work directly with me to prepare for your L1 and L2 exams. 

Learn more: HTTP://gEducator.com

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

May 17, 2021

As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter.

The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!).

Here are my favorite links for May 2021:

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Apr 13, 2021

As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter.

The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!).

Here are my favorite links for April 2021:

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review!

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Mar 29, 2021

During the "learn with Google" event in February, Google announced three new tiers for Google Workspace for Education:

  • Education Standard
  • Teaching & Learning upgrade
  • Education Plus

In this episode, I want to look at each of these tiers and decide if they provide enough value to justify the cost of upgrading .

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review! 

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show! 

Mar 17, 2021

As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter.

The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!).

Here are my favorite links for March 2021:

  1. Schedule breakout rooms in advance 
  2. Version history for Jamboard
  3. All the new stuff in ChomeOS Ver. 89 
  4. NEW screen recording for Chromebooks
  5. 30 Ways to use Google Forms in the Classroom
  6. 7 tips for teaching with Jamboard
  7. Create fill-in spaces with Google Docs
  8. Review: One by Wacom
  9. Stop stealing dreams
  10. Chromebook Prank guide 

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review! 

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

Mar 9, 2021

Chromebook turns 10! Let's take a look back and a look forward at the impact Chromebooks have had on education and computing.

Episode Links:

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You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show! 

Mar 4, 2021

Thanks to Wacom for sponsoring this episode. The One by Wacom makes it easy to annotate images, teach a lesson and grade student work. It is also one of the first drawing tablets that works with a Chromebook!

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Remember the "good old days?"

  • Teaching a lesson in front of the whiteboard or overhead projector was common practice.
  • Using white-out to create worksheets as an essential skill.
  • Everyone graded homework on paper with a red pen.

Things have changed.

Teaching in front of a computer screen can feel a bit rigid and scripted, but it doesn't have to be!

Can your Chromebook replace the whiteboard and the red pen?

Episode links and resources:

Feb 19, 2021

On February 17, 2021, Google hosted a virtual “learning with Google” event where they announced more than 50 significant updates for Google Classroom, Google Meet, Google Drive, and Chromebooks.

This episode is devoted to review and discussing all of this exciting updates! 

I knew I would need some help to get through all of these updates so I asked my friend Lissa Brunan to join me.

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review! 

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show! 

Feb 9, 2021

As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups, and skim through Twitter.

The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!).

Here are my favorite links for February 2021:

  1. Learn with Google event (Feb. 17)
  2. Custom background for Google Meet
  3. Chromebook Screensaver
  4. Virtual games from Arts & Culture
  5. Learn with Google Event (Feb 17)
  6. Google Meet Enhancement Suite 
  7. Drawing tablet support for Chromebooks!
  8. Dino QR codes
  9. Improvements to Google Meet & Zoom on Chromebooks
  10. Valentine’s day activity ideas

For show notes and resources on teaching with Chromebooks, visit http://chrmbook.com/podcast

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Thanks for tuning into the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! If you enjoyed today's episode, I would appreciate your honest rating and review! 

You can connect with me, John Sowash, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I would love to hear your thoughts on the show!

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