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.
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.