Why a Chromebook? Why not? Online tools for common tasks.

There are millions of web resources you can access on any web-based device, but here are a few suggestions for web apps that you can find in the Google Chrome Web Store or that simply work directly in your browser without the need of an app.  These work in the Chrome browser, on a desktop or laptop, and of course they work on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes.

Finally found (after more than a year) where this started, albeit with just a few entries. Thanks to Kellie Ady et al at the Cherry Creek School District in Denver. I’ve been adding ever since.

@PeterVogel, Notre Dame Regional Secondary School, Vancouver BC. (vogelp@gmail.com)

I want students to . . .

. . . they could use this app or resource

Here’s a link

create a document

Google Docs

create a presentation

Google Presentation

Prezi

create a spreadsheet

Google Spreadsheets

create an audio response or presentation

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VoiceThread

TwistedWave

create a webcam video recording of themselves

create a webcam video recording of themselves

VoiceThread

WeVideo

take pictures

Chromebook camera app

Webcam Toy

create and edit a movie

WeVideo

Animoto

create a graphic/drawing

create a graphic/drawing & Photoshop-like editing

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GoogleDrawings

SumoPaint

SketchPad

Sketch Toy

Pixlr Editor

PicMonkey

Pixlr Touch Up

(offline app)

create a comic strip

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MakeBeliefs

ComicMaster

Chogger

ComicCreator

Pixton Comic Strip

Powtoon

Bitstrips for Schools

create a Thinking Map

GoogleDrawings

LucidChart

Cacoo

use a graphing calculator

Desmos Graphic Calculator

interact w/ digital geometry

Geogebra

learn about astronomy

3D Solar System

Planetarium

create 2D & 3D graphics

 

3D design publisher

Build with Chrome

Lego Builder

practice keyboarding

TypingClub

Typing Web Typing Tutor

use speech to text

(now also native in Docs)

Dictation

Speech Recognizer

GoogleSearch

use a digital whiteboard

RealtimeBoard

Simple Whiteboard

access & read eBooks

GoogleBooks

Kindle Cloud Reader

Open Library Book Search

access online textbook content

Open Educational Resources Commons

CK12.org

create & interact with maps

GoogleMaps

ScribbleMaps

build/interact with vocabulary

Vocabulary/Spelling City

InstaGrok Search Engine

Flashcards

Work with a PDF

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PDF Zen

create 3D objects similar to SketchUp

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Tinkercad

OnShape

(suggested by
Romeo Graham,
Tim Lewis)

PublishYourDesign

work on music composition and sound recording

(suggested by @choirguy_)

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Noteflight

Soundtrap

Audiotool

AudioSauna

Soundation

create a collage

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PicMonkey

create a molecular structure

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Molview

create video notes

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Videonotes.es

create a word cloud

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Tagul

Jason Davies
Word Cloud

create a newsletter

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Lucidpress

create an infographic

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Easelly

create flowcharts

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Draw.io

(suggested by
Andrew Gray)

explore the world

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Google Earth

Thank you for looking through this collection. Feel free to send suggestions to vogelp@gmail.com. I have an aversion to extensions and prefer to populate this list with pure web-based applications. My list is also slanted to the secondary level as I am a teacher of grade 11 and 12 Information and Communications Technology and of Physics 12.

It is an honour to have had so many people look at this list over the past several years. Even as I write this comment (October 26 2015 at 12:46 PDT) there are fifteen people viewing the Google Doc.

Chrome platforms in use in my school:

  • Samsung Series 5-500: the original Chromebook platform sold to schools in March 2011
  • Samsung X303, the units that look a little like MacBook Airs
  • Acer C720
  • Acer C720p, the touchscreen white units (my favourite)
  • Acer C740
  • HP11, just one and it no longer works
  • Acer CX1 Chromeboxes, as of September 2015, to replace a traditional Windows lab
  • Miscellaneous Acer, Asus, Lenovo units in testing for possible replacement use.
  • Acer Chromebook 14 for Work (amazing high-end i5-powered unit).
  • Acer Chromebook R11 Flip.

Chromebook carts: we use the CloudCraft carts. Google gave us the initial one as a freebie with our first Chromebook order.

Utilities for Chromebooks:

http://www.howtogeek.com/234454/how-to-view-your-chromebooks-hardware-specifications-and-system-information/ 

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