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Rethinking the Chromebook as a Creation Device

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Monday, June 24, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: Room 116

Tanya Avrith   Holly Clark  
Chromebooks have huge potential for creation. Unfortunately, they are frequently used solely as word processors and for research. Explore the many ways you can use Chromebooks for creation and redefine your classroom using Chrome.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: They should have a Google or G Suite account, Chrome Browser and/Chromebook
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Chromebooks have huge potential in the area of creation. Unfortunately, they are frequently used solely as word processors and for research. There are many opportunities for creation on Chromebooks; we just need to rethink what creation looks like using GAFE and the Web. In this hands on, challenged based session participants will be pushed to use Google Apps in new and creative ways. Rethinking tools like slides, docs and sheets which are commonly used in traditional ways, to create reflective learning opportunities for their students. Participants will look at ways students can use Chromebooks to help students make their thinking visible using powerful web based formative assessment tools. Attendees will participate in a series of “ChromeSmashing” (using multiple chrome apps) activities to create specific products (screencasts, videos, ebooks, magazines …). Participants will work collaboratively in teams to complete their creations. This session will model practical activities that teachers can bring back to their classrooms immediately.


The Focus of this hand-on session is to get participants using Google Apps for Education and Chrome Apps in new and innovative ways to help facilitate student centred learning. (10 Minutes) Participants will begin session with a crowdsourcing activity to see how they are currently using Google Chrome and Google Apps to get their students creating. (20-30 Minutes) They will then break up into subgroups and be provided with challenges where they will follow activities using multiple chrome apps. They will be required to “chromesmash” or “layer” multiple apps together to unleash the potential creativity of the device. (10 Mins) Coming together the presenters will show some creative student examples made using Google Chrome Apps. (10 Mins) Participants will share some of their ideas and showcase the creations they made during the session. They will finish up by crowdsourcing their notes and ideas on a shared doc that they will have as a resource when they leave.

Supporting research

Devine, Jane, and Francine Egger-Sider. Going beyond Google: The Invisible Web in Learning and Teaching. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2009. Print. Juliani, A.J. Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom: Using 20% Time, Genius Hour, and PBL to Drive Student Success. Print. Lebraty, Jean-Fabrice. Crowdsourcing. London: Wiley-ISTE, 2013. Print. Martin, Kathryn. What Every Educator Should Know about Using Google. Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education, 2012. Print. Ritchhart, Ron, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison. Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2011. Print. "Teaching like It's 2999." : GooglEdu! Web. 30 Sept. 2014. . "IPads vs. Chromebooks in a 1:1 Environment." Newmind Group. Web. 30 Sept. 2014. .

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Tanya Avrith,
Holly Clark, The Infused Classroom

Holly Clark is an Education Strategist from San Diego, California. She is a Google Certified Innovator, National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working with technology integration and 1:1 environments since the year 2000. Holly has taught in both independent and public schools and is the co-founder of #CaEdChat. She authors a popular education blog: and gives keynotes to audiences world wide. You can follow her on twitter @HollyClarkEdu. In 2017, Holly published her first book The Google Infused Classroom which is available on Amazon.

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