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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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Jun 12, 2020

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 2020:

  1. I just took the Level 1 Google Educator Exam
  2. Turning paper assignments into digital activities
  3. How virtual desks could change the way you work 
  4. Teach with Tech virtual conference
  5. New Book: Control Alt Achieve
  6. New Gmail layout options
  7. Rejoice! The NEW Google Groups has arrived
  8. Shared Drive folder sharing now in beta
  9. Manage your calendar in the side panel 
  10. 5 NEW features for Google Meet (coming soon)

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! 

May 20, 2020

There are more than 30 million Chromebooks in use around the world. What happens when these devices break or need to be replaced? Where do Chromebooks go to retire? 

Today I am joined by Garry VonMyhr, the CEO and co-founder of Tech Defenders headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

One of the unique things that Tech Defenders offers is a Chromebook buyback program that can ear your school money for old, retired devices. 

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! 

May 11, 2020

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 2020:

  1. Templates for Google Sites 
  2. New sharing for Google Drive files
  3. Google Meet Updates - Gmail Integration
  4. 5 extensions for Google Meet
  5. Virtual Meeting Whiteboard
  6. 25 Novel Hyperdocs
  7. 9 ways that Corona will improve education
  8. New life for old Chromebooks?
  9. Chromebook tips podcast
  10. Get Google Certified This Summer

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! 

Apr 15, 2020

For more than a decade Alice Keeler has been sharing innovative ideas for teaching with technology.

After exchanging a string of text messages discussing the impact of the viral epidemic on teachers, students, and school districts, Alice and I decided to record this podcast episode to provide teachers with some encouragement and hope during these challenging times.

Here’s the summary of our conversation: remote teaching is NOT online school.

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! 

Apr 8, 2020

From 2011-2013 I taught online and helped open a fully online school.

It was a really challenging experience.

I learned a LOT during those three years.

Teaching online is very different than teaching in a traditional classroom. Here are five quick tips to help make this transition and smooth as possible. 

  1. Embrace routine and repetition
  2. Encourage connection and discussion
  3. Keep it simple
  4. Slow down...the pacing is different
  5. LIVE lessons are a waste of time 

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! 

Apr 1, 2020

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 2020:

  1. All of my remote teaching resources 
  2. Much needed updates to Google Meet 
  3. Auto translation now available for Android
  4. Google Groups is (finally) getting an update 
  5. It’s now a LOT easier to work with images in Docs
  6. New “shortcut” option for Google Drive
  7. “Flatten the curve” Scratch coding project
  8. Choice boards for at-home learning 
  9. Audience reactions in Google Meet
  10. Free virtual epidemiology course from Johns Hopkins

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 19, 2020

No one predicted a complete shutdown of the entire educational system…but here we are.

As you adjust to the new reality of teaching remotely, here are some tips and tools that can make your life a bit easier.

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 8, 2020

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!).

  1. Southwest Family Adventure
  2. Google is trying to help schools impacted by Coronavirus
  3. Tips for engaging students outside the classroom
  4. New video editing tool
  5. Ask the Google Assistant to read out loud
  6. Register for SheetsCon 2020
  7. Women's History Month Resources
  8. Class Reading Log Template
  9. Awesome Cold War Podcast
  10. 10 great Geography Games

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! 

Feb 12, 2020

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!).

  1. Google adds 2 years of life to Chromebooks & raises license cost
  2. Rubrics and originality reports now available to all Google Classroom Users
  3. Biography Project Templates
  4. 62 new emoji icons are coming to your device 
  5. Add-ons for Gmail and Calendar 
  6. Pedometer PD 
  7. Check this neat biome map 
  8. They’re filming a movie at my house!
  9. Celebrate Black History Month
  10. Valentine’s Card Template 

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! 

Jan 20, 2020

January 28 is “Data Privacy Day,” an annual event that reminds consumers to review their digital footprints.

I’ve collected 10 different data privacy lessons and classroom activities that you can use to help educate students about data privacy.

Listen in for a quick review of all 10 ideas, or click here to view my blog post with links to everything I discovered.

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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!

Jan 18, 2020

When Chromebooks first became a thing back in 2013, the web was very different.

Chrome Apps allowed developers to create an app-like experience for Chromebook users, something websites simply couldn't do at the time. 

Seven years later, the web has matured and can do pretty much everything that you would want in an app, without the need to develop an actual application.

In January of 2020 Google Announced the plan to official shutdown Chrome Apps starting in 2021. 

Listen to this episode to learn more about the timeline and how this announcement will impact education. 

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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!

Jan 9, 2020

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 top 10 links for January 2020!

  1. Explore biomes with this awesome map!
  2. My Teacher Can’t Speel 
  3. Reboot the Noggin Activities 
  4. The Chromebook Penalty Box 
  5. 51 Chrome Tips and Tricks
  6. GIANT (printable) Chromebook Keyboard
  7. Immersive Reader Chrome Extension
  8. Art Zoom Video Series
  9. New Chromebook from CES in Las Vegas
  10. 2020 Doodle for Google Contest

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! 

Dec 23, 2019

I like to tell you a little story about a project that I was working on recently and some new things I discovered about my Chromebook.

As the self-proclaimed "Chromebook guy" I feel very strongly that I should use a Chromebook full-time and work as hard as I can to do everything on a Chromebook.

My "Chromelife" was challenged recently when I purchase a Cricut cutting machine.

Officially, the Cricut is NOT compatible with Chromebooks. It clearly says so on the website. But I decided to ignore the warning and see if I could get it to work anyway!

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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! 

Dec 10, 2019

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 top 10 links for December 2019!

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! 

Nov 26, 2019

Today’s question was submitted by Tim Cavey, a grade 8 social studies teacher from Vancouver, British Columbia: "Can a Chromebook record decent video? Should my students use their Chromebooks to record video or are they better off using a phone or iPad?

Episode Resources: 

Submit your Chromebook Question!

Send me your toughest Chromebook question, problem, or challenge! I will do my best to find a solution that will help all Chromebook using teachers. 

To submit a question, click here

Nov 17, 2019

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 top 10 links for November 2019!

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! 

Nov 11, 2019

Can you draw with a Chromebook? 

Sylvia Duckworth has been involved in education for more than 30 years as a French teacher and technology advocate, and author. 

Sylvia is retired from classroom instruction but continues to impact education by sharing her love of sketchnoting with teachers around the world. 

Sylvia has published two books on sketchnoting and recently completed her second sketchnoting “world tour” where she shares her passion for visual thinking. 

Can you sketchnote on a Chromebook? Let’s ask Sylvia and find out!   

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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 7, 2019

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 top 10 links for October 2019!

  1. Halloween Hyperdoc
  2. 6 Chromebook shortcuts to save time
  3. 5 Memories to celebrate Google Classroom's 5th BD
  4. Google Slides Journal Template
  5. Google Extends the End-of-life date for select Chromebooks
  6. Explore the Palace of Versailles
  7. Carve-a-pumpkin in Google Slides
  8. SAMR Student Choice Matrix
  9. Is your Chromebook broken? Try these tricks!
  10. Teach with Chrome Webinar: 4 Ideas for any Classroom

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! 

Sep 30, 2019

Audio is a HOT new way to share stories and information. Podcasting, voice assistants and audiobooks have become a big part of my life and are projected to become even more dominant in the future. 

Jeff Bradbury has been at the forefront of using audio for teaching and learning. In 2011 he created TeacherCast.net which has grown into an enormous resource for helping teachers and tech coaches in the classroom. 

 

Since Jeff is clearly a podcasting legend, I’ve asked him to share some tips on podcasting with a Chromebook. 

Episode Resources: 

For all of the links and resources mentioned in today's episode, visit Chrmbook.com/s4e8

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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, 2019

Today’s question was submitted by Dave Stuart, a social studies teacher from west Michigan: "What's the most efficient way to manage Chromebooks coming in and out of my cart?" 

Episode Resources: 

Submit your Chromebook Question!

Send me your toughest Chromebook question, problem, or challenge! I will do my best to find a solution that will help all Chromebook using teachers. 

To submit a question, click here

Sep 8, 2019

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 top 10 links for September 2019!

  1. Send2Contacts Google Sheet
  2. Turn your Google Classroom header into a class project!
  3. A Parent’s Guide to Chromebooks
  4. Google created a new font to improve reading fluency
  5. Google targets higher education with “Assignments”
  6. Originality Reports in Google Classroom
  7. Create file shortcuts in Google Drive
  8. The Chromebook Camera App gets an update!
  9. What is machine learning?
  10. A Chromebook is better than a Macbook (change my mind)

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

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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 1, 2019

Find lesson ideas for your Chromebook classroom by using the Chromebook App Hub! 

Anne Nash is a Regional Manager on the Google For Education team and a contributor to the brand new Chromebook app hub.

Anne shares a bit about life as a Google employee, the development of the Chromebook App Hub, and her favorite Chromebook tips and productivity secrets.

Episode resources: 

For all of the links and resources mentioned in today's episode, visit Chrmbook.com/s4e5

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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 25, 2019

My Chromebook helps me be productive and give me access to everything that I need as an educator. Here are 5 Chromebook productivity tips to help you in the classroom.  

  1. Pin your tabs
  2. Group your tabs
  3. Use the window switcher key
  4. Review your settings
  5. Install these extensions: 

BONUS TIP: Connect your Android phone to your Chromebooks

If you have a personal Chromebook and an Android phone, you can connect them together to do some pretty awesome things! 

For all of the links and resources mentioned in today's episode, visit Chrmbook.com/s4e1

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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 14, 2019

Today’s question was submitted by Kelly Croy, director of innovation and instruction and the host of the Wired Educator podcast: Can you work offline on a Chromebook? 

Episode Resources: 

Submit your Chromebook Question!

Send me your toughest Chromebook question, problem, or challenge! I will do my best to find a solution that will help all Chromebook using teachers. 

To submit a question, click here

Aug 6, 2019

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 top 10 links for August 2019!

  1. Explore art using Augmented Reality (AR)
  2. Meet the 2019 Google Science Fair Winners!
  3. 10 Ways to use Emoji in the Classroom
  4. Technology integration is a major stress factor for college professors
  5. Thoughts on the Google Classroom Gradebook
  6. Rubric Repair
  7. Chromebook Getter Add-on
  8. LearnZillion
  9. Chromebook Quiz
  10. 8 new Google features for the new school year

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

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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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