Originally Posted by sog35
What can you do on a chromebook besides surfing the web, email, and google docs?
I'm being serious here.
Web apps of course silly. I like the ChromeBook, though an inexpensive laptop could do the same thing. What makes ChromeBook appealing to schools besides price is that children can't manipulate anything on the system, do to it's secure boot everytime it boots up it reverts any system files that have changed back to it's original state, super fast boot times, 6 seconds or less, no virus's, little in the way of IT administration, their are a mass amounts of online educational web apps, teachers can easily create study materials using an absolute plefora of online educational creation tools, making things like tests very simple to make without any prior programming knowledge, multi user login, something that the iPad simply doesn't offer, etc. http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/ http://www.elearningart.com/Default.asp
Online apps are vastly becoming as good as their desktop counterparts and are popping up by the hundreds each month, here is a list of online apps for you to try.
Onedrive with Office Online, including; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OutLook, Calendar and of course online storage.
Zoho, this is an incredible site, they have pretty much everything you need to run a business from the web. Word processor, spreadsheet, CRM, time sheets, billing, web site creator, invoice creation, you name it they have it and with over 10 million active users they are also extremely popular, I recommend spending a little exploring of their offerings.
ICloud, yep works great on a Chromebook, with Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Calendar, Mail, Notes, etc. Their cloud apps are extremely powerful which means like Office online, Chrome Docs and Zoho you can get real work done.
Pixlr, a fantastic photo editing app, not as in depth as Photoshop but pretty great none the less. Their shouldn't be anything you can't get accomplished with this online app and I can't recommend it enough.
Photoshop Express Editor, the online version of the very popular Photoshop Express app on iOS. This is just the start for Adobe and I have no doubt we will see a full fledge online version of Photoshop coming soon.
Are you a programmer, online IDE's are great, I use them now almost exclusively. Their useful collabortive features, faster compilers as your using off site servers that utilize more powerful systems then your current home machine, intuitive interfaces, make them one of the fastest growing segment in online apps. Here are a few that you must try.
https://c9.com https://codio.com https://shiftedit.net
Audiotool, do you like creating music then this is a must have app for your aresonal. It's so good that you can replace a lot of your current music creation apps as their isn't much you can't accomplish with it, a must try.
click on app to get started, requires Flash but it's worth it
There are now 1,000's of online apps and would take me a better part of the day to list and give a short description of all of my favorites. Saying there is no apps for the ChromeBook is a gross misunderstanding for the majority of the people in this thread. In reality there isn't much you can't do with a ChromeBook. For more information on the available apps simply visit the Chromestore to get a better understanding.
The iPad is a great tool for learning but so is the Chromebook. Is one better over the other, that depends on the needs of the educator but simply saying a Chromebook is useless is just a biased statement mostly predigrated on this being an Apple site. Especially when little to no research has been done on the matter by it's posters. Check out some of the online educational services, it's mind boggiling to see just how much is available and yes a lot of it could easily be ran on an iPad but for the price a ChromeBook is also a good alternative. Their is absolutely no reason why a school couldn't successfully run a viable program using a ChromeBook.Here's
a good site on the different types of Chrome devices available.Edited by Relic - 8/7/14 at 1:11am