The Department of English has Chromebooks available for graduate instructors to use in their teaching and research. Unlike other equipment, Chromebooks can be kept as long as the user is an instructor in the department.
What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook is a basic laptop that runs on Chrome OS. Though Chromebooks do not work use traditional software packages like Mac or Windows computers do, most software companies offer web applications or Chrome browser extensions that work in Chrome OS (because they run in your web browser). For example: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and other Microsoft Office applications can be used in-browser through Office365, which powers your university email account.
Creating a Google account for Chromebook sign-in
You must log in with a Google gmail account to use a Chromebook, since it primarily stores files in your Google Drive. If you have a personal gmail account, but prefer not to use it on a department machine, you can set up a separate gmail account solely for teaching purposes. (Just make sure you remember your passwords!) We recommend setting this up before you check out a Chromebook so we can help you sign in.
Transferring documents between a Chromebook and another computer
Chromebooks use Google Drive to store most of your files in the cloud, rather than on the hard drive. Once the files are saved to Google Drive, you can access them on any computer by opening a web browser and signing in to Google Drive.
Alternatively, university students, staff and faculty can use Box to store files in the cloud for use on Chromebooks as well as other computers.