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Chromebooks Offline

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Started by roimata.nicholas 22 Feb 2017 12:00pm () Replies (3)

Kia ora,

We are looking at buying new chromebooks for our school. But are looking for ones that will work good offline as our classes like to take them away on school trips. Does anyone have any suggestions as to which chromebook works best offline and has more than the standard 16gb hard drive?



  • Neill O'Reilly (View all users posts) 23 Feb 2017 9:19am ()

    Perhaps an Ipad?

  • Saunil Hagler (View all users posts) 23 Feb 2017 9:49am ()

    Hi Roimata.  All Chromebooks will behave the same offline, but do need to be setup by the user to provide offline access to Drive docs etc.  There's also a couple of settings in the mgmt console that need to be enabled to allow the user to work offline to the best of the device's ability.  This is simple to do for mgmt and user.  I'm happy to show you how this works in a Google Hangout -- just let me know some times that work for you saunil.hagler@cyclone.co.nz

    You may want to consider buying devices with a 32GB SSD (bigger hard drive).  This will allow you to store more offline which may become important if students are capturing a lot of video while away eg using Screencastify to make video logs as part of a journal recording their experiences.

    The bigger SSD will also be useful when Android apps can be deployed to the Chromebooks.  These apps can take up a bit of space when installing, so the bigger SD card will help here.  They also often use SSD to store data eg video, audio, files (when both online and offline) so again the bigger SSD will be handy here.

    If you're happy to spend a little bit more (about $90 ex GST) then consider touchscreen.  The Acer Chromebook R11 is touch-enabled and will be better able to take advantage of the Android apps mentioned above (Android apps are mostly designed for touch as in mobile phones, tablets etc).

    Worth checking this out as well:  https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en

    The above explains some of the ways you can use a Chromebook offline.  Note some of the best ones are only alluded to here.  Screencastify (mentioned before) is an example of one that can work offline to allow students to capture audio/video (screen record) while offline.

    I hope that helps.  Feel free to call if you want to discuss 09 358 5996.



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