I think, possibly, one of the most frustrating challenges we face as educators is when we plan for this GREAT lesson and the tech WON’T work. Oh my goodness, I feel the heat prickle right up my neck and the panic sets in. It’s when I want to throw something! Sometimes, the problem is beyond our control. However, other times, we may be able to have a quick fix! Let’s take a look below and see if these tricks can “tide” you over!
Update your Chrome OS
There is NOTHING more frustrating than when you have your plans in place and something just won’t run and you can’t figure out why! Sometimes, the version of Chrome is what is to blame! Did you know even our state test, MCAS, needs at least Chrome OS 74 in order to run? Before you run to check your Chrome version, watch the video below of how to quickly update your Chrome! Why doesn’t it update on its own, you ask? Well, it will when it’s looking for the latest version, but when Chromebooks are not used for a longer period of time (say the summer), they may not pull the latest OS version. Thus, we need to do a manual update. Have no fear, this is a QUICK fix!
Resolve Flash Issues
Ahhh the blessed Flash. So many sites use this application, that this quick fix may help so many. Ever see the “install flash” message? This one is for you!
Sometimes multiple networks can confuse a Chromebook. It doesn’t know which one to connect to. Here’s another easy fix from Principal of the Gordon Mitchell School, Andrew Gentile. He shows you in the video how to “prefer” a network so your Chromebook always knows what network to choose. This will result in a faster connection that will not be interrupted!
If we TRULY do not want our student to flounder, then accessibility tools are where it’s at! Chromebooks have accessibility BUILT-IN! Students may flounder with spelling when trying to access a resource, have them try this! Personally, dictation has helped so many students – including my own sons.
If these quick, troubleshooting tips don’t help you at the moment, REACH out!
What are your quick tips to help in a hurry? Let me know!