Your Chromebook automatically checks for updates each time it turns on and connects to a network.
Then it downloads the updates in the background when it’s connected to Wi-Fi.
This way, you always have the latest version of the operating system.
Install available updates
Your Chromebook lets you know if an update is ready. In the status area where your account picture appears, you’ll see the system update icon .
To install the update, click Update > Restart to update.
Check for updates
To check for available updates:
- Click the status area, where your account picture appears.
- Click Settings > About Chrome OS.
- In the “About” window that appears, click Check for and apply updates.
Once you’ve installed any available updates, you can check the “About” window to confirm that your Chromebook is up to date.
What information goes to Google when you update
When your Chromebook checks for updates, it sends information like version number and language, to Google servers. This information isn’t associated with you or your Google Account.
How to find Chromebook Serial Number:
- Hit (Esc + refresh + power) to start the wipe process
- Hit (Ctrl + D) on the recovery screen (yellow exclamation mark)
- Hit (Enter) on the screen that states: “to turn OS verification OFF, press enter. Your system will…”
- On the next screen which has the red exclamation mark, let the system proceed to the next screen automatically.
- Then, on the next screen which states: “The device owner has disabled developer mode for this device…” again, let the system reboot automatically
- When the chromebook restarts you will be at the screen that states: choose your language and network, you don’t need to fill this out just hit (ALT + V) and the serial number will display in the top right corner of the screen.
Google Apps and Chromebooks, and the Chrome Web Browser, offer a tremendous amount of accessibility features to help vision and/or hearing impaired students.
Google Accessibility, Using Google Products, http://www.google.com/accessibility/products/, contains a wealth of information and resources, along with apps, that can help students, and teachers.
http://www.chrometoolbox.com/ – This collaborative space was created to celebrate the many Apps and Extensions made by developers which serve the accessibility needs of individuals with disabilities.
Accessibility Options on Chromebooks
Some of the main features:
Chrome Browser – includes screen readers and magnifiers, full page zoom, high contrast color, and more.
To zoom in on a page on a Chromebook, click CTRL + to zoom out CTRL –
The newest update to Chrome OS (Nov 2013) now has support for USB-connected Braille displays
Chrome OS and ChromeVox – Chrome OS (Chromebooks) include a built in screen reader, ChromeVox. It is also an extension for the Chrome Browser. http://www.chromevox.com/
Google Docs and Sites – screen reader allows ease of use
Magnifier Extension for Chrome – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/magnifier-extension/mmknioomkplkkfgaobefmklldbanoaok?hl=en-US
Voice Comments – allows you to leave voice comments, instead of just text, in Google Drive/Docs https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/voice-comments/hcdoaikeblbbiphjibkhliiedjhnbbke?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon
Alternatives to Inspiration: http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2012/04/6-free-mindmapping-appsservices-for.html
Google updates Drive and Docs with improved screen reader, Braille display, and accessibility phone support
Speech to Text and Text to Speech
Read&Write for Google Docs – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd?hl=en-US
Introduction to Read & Write for Google http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPqbk7TJKLo&feature=youtu.be
Boost reading confidence. Make the web and Google Docs accessible to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.NEW! FREE for TEACHERS! Teachers get a FREE subscription to Read&Write for Google. To register and activate your premium subscription, go to rw.texthelp.com/freeforteachers after installing Read&Write for Google. Read&Write for Google™ offers a range of powerful support tools to help students gain confidence with reading and writing. • Hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting • See the meaning of words explained with text and picture dictionaries • Hear text translated into other languages • Predicts the next word as you type • Highlight interesting or relevant text and collect it for use in other documents Read&Write for Google™ is a friendly browser add-in for use with PCs, Macs and Chromebooks. It works with web pages and common file types in Google Drive, including: – Google Docs – PDF – ePub – Kes
Speech Input, Simplify and Summarize Now Part of Read&Write for Google!
Google Chrome extension that enables you to have the text on most webpages read to you. With Speak It installed just highlight the text on a the page you’re viewing then right-click to activate Speak It. Then click the play button to have the text read to you. The voice is very digitized, but it is clear. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/speakit/pgeolalilifpodheeocdmbhehgnkkbak
Select and Speak lets you select text from almost any website and make it talk
Type with your voice. Dictation turns your Google Chrome into a speech recognition app
DictaNote Speech Recognizer https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/dictanote-speech-recogniz/aomjekmpappghadlogpigifkghlmebjk?hl=en
Increased accessibility with Braille display support for Google Docs, Slides and Drawings
If you use a Braille display, you can now enable Braille support in Google Docs, Slides and Drawings to read and enter text. This option is currently available for Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.
5 Good Apps for ESL / ELL Students: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/03/5-good-apps-for-esl-ell-students.html#.Ux75Qj9dWN0
How do I find my Chromebook’s MAC address?
There are two ways to find your Chromebook’s MAC address.
Using the Networks panel near the clock
- Visit Google’s Connect to Wi-Fi page.
- Scroll down to . Click to expand the section, and follow the instructions.
Using the browser’s “About System” diagnostic page
- Open a browser window. In the address bar, type
chrome://system, and press
- Look for ifconfig, and then click the button next to it.
- Look for either the eth0 section (wired MAC address) or the wlan0 section (wireless address). In both sections, the MAC address will be listed as the Ethernet HWaddr.
Note: If you haven’t set up your Chromebook and are seeing the Chrome “Welcome!” screen, there’s a third way to find the MAC address. On the welcome screen, below theand drop-down menus, you will see a menu. Expand that menu to see the MAC address (or addresses, if your Chromebook also has an Ethernet port) listed at the bottom. If you have more than one MAC address, they will be identified as “Ethernet” (the wired connection’s MAC address) and “WI-FI” (the wireless connection’s MAC address).
Printing is disabled on all Chromebooks at Sumter School District.
We encourage students to create and share content electronically using G Suite.