Chromebooks, Apps & Extensions

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop device that runs Google's ChromeOS.  Like a traditional laptop, it runs software and has 
full-size keyboard.  Unlike a traditional laptop, everything on a  it is web-based, so you'll need to be on the Internet to maximize a its potential.

How Can I Use Chromebooks To Support Learning?

Students can use a variety of websites for digital storytelling.  Digital storytelling allows the students to “show what they know” in a creative, digital format. Digital storytelling on the web also allows for publication and sharing of projects with a wider audience.  Students can use digital storytelling to support a variety of subjects.

Students can use productivity tools on the web that allow them to access their work anytime and anywhere.  Students can use the Chromebooks to access Google Apps for Education, as well as Google Docs/Slides/Sheets, Google Drive, and Google Calendar.

Using Chromebooks, students can communicate using 21st century tools:
Collaboration is one of the most important 21st century skills that we can teach our students.  Chromebooks allow students to collaborate face-to-face, or on the computer while working on projects.

Chrome Apps & Extensions
Consider Chrome Apps and Extensions to be the digital tools in your Chromebook toolbox.  They range anywhere from small apps and plugins like SnagIT, to big apps like Google Drive or Pixlr.

What is an app?
A Chrome app is a piece of software that runs on your
Chromebook that the user can use to perform a task or function. 

What is an extension?
Extensions are small software programs that can modify
and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser.

What is an add-on?
Add-ons are Google App-specific "plugins" that allow the user
to increase the functionality of the app in some way

Where do I get them?
You can get apps and extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

I tried to get an app or extension and it was "Blocked by Administrator"
Because Chrome Apps and Extensions request access to your data, they must first be vetted by the Technology Department for compliance with applicable laws and policies before they can be installed.  We've created a "whitelist" of approved Apps and Extensions that are available for use in Burrillville School Department.

Where can I see a list of "Approved" apps for BSD?
A table of our approved apps and extensions are
listed at the bottom of this webpage.

Where can I request an approval for an I app I want to use for myself?

Where can I request an approval for an app I want my students to use?