Chromebook Enrolment

The Google Chromebook is a fantastic device. It is fully functional from turn on in under 10 seconds, has a battery life of up to 7 hours, and is able to perform roughly 90% of all things we would ask of a PC. With a price tag around the $350 mark, they are a very cost effective measure allowing schools to get devices into the hands of students.

The Chromebook compliments the use of Google Apps For Education which many schools are now taking advantage of. Coupled with the management system within the Google Administration Console it allows devices to be easily managed.

What is a Chromebook?

After trialling 3 devices last year, my school has decided to go 1:1 Chromebooks in our Year 6 classrooms for 2014. I look forward to seeing the work these students and teachers are able to achieve this year.

Enroling each Chromebook into the Google Administration Console allows you to have full control over policy settings, network details, and apps and extensions for each organisation you have set up in your GAFE account. Once your details are set in the Administration Console, enroling a device does not take long at all. In a couple of hours, I had 50 devices enrolled and ready for student use.

Below are guidelines to enable enrolment to take place. I work in a Catholic Education Victoria Network (CEVN) school so some settings are only applicable to schools within this network. All other details are suitable for anyone that is looking to enrol Chromebooks into the Google Administration Console.

Chromebook Enrolment Guidelines

Thank you to Jenny Luca (@jennyluca) and Mitch Miller (@cruisingmiller). Your sessions at the 2013 Melbourne GAFE Summit enlightened me to the power of Chromebooks. Your ongoing assistance and expertise during the set up phase has been so valuable and much appreciated.

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8 responses

  1. Blog looks superb! Congrats Corey!

  2. Great work Corey – the chrome book guidelines will be well received by many! All your work behind the scenes now comes to fruition with the devices in the kids’ hands. Love the blog!

  3. Fantastic work Corey, kids are loving their Chromebooks 🙂

  4. Hi Corey,

    Thanks so much for sharing all the hard work you have undertaken to get Chromebooks up and running. We are looking to trial some starting in Term 2 so I’ve saved your enrolment guidelines and will certainly be updating ZScaler!

    How are you finding the Chromebooks? Do you have any iPads that you could compare them to?

    Regards,

    Bec

    1. Hi Bec
      We are loving the Chromebooks. The year 6 teachers and students are doing some great things. They just compliment GAFE so well and the collaboration is amazing.
      We also have 45 iPad spread across all year levels. I use Meraki for MDM and that is great but can still take an hour or 2 to update them all. The Google Admin Console is a lot easier to manage and push out apps and extensions in no time at all.
      If we were to purchase more devices this year we would be looking at more Chromebooks over iPads. Fingers crossed!
      If you would like to come out and have a look at the Chromebooks let me know
      Corey

  5. […] Enrolling and management of the Chromebooks in the Admin Console is a dream. The fact that settings, policies, and apps and extensions are enforced to each user from their Organisational Unit under Chrome Management means that whether users are signing into a Chromebook or the Chrome browser, their settings are enforced across all platforms. Any changes made to these policies and settings are pushed to the user in 30 minutes as our Policy Refresh Rate is set to the minimum setting. Even better is that any updates the device needs run automatically when the user signs into their account without them even realising. […]

  6. […] Enrolling and management of the Chromebooks in the Admin Console is a dream. The fact that settings, policies, and apps and extensions are enforced to each user from their Organisational Unit under Chrome Management means that whether users are signing into a Chromebook or the Chrome browser, their settings are enforced across all platforms. Any changes made to these policies and settings are pushed to the user in 30 minutes as our Policy Refresh Rate is set to the minimum setting. Even better is that any updates the device needs run automatically when the user signs into their account without them even realising. […]

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