Parents and students, please CLICK HERE to get help with BPSD Chromebooks; the remainder of this webpage is devoted to supporting STAFF use of Chromebooks.


BPSD Chromebook

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I manage the Joey Chromebook carts with baskets? The Chromebook carts supplied by the district to the elementary schools are LocknCharge Joey 30 carts with baskets, except for carts 3 and 4, which are Blackbox carts. The Joey ...
    Posted May 22, 2019, 7:00 AM by Granger Meador
  • How do I store a Chromebook/charging cart for the summer? If you leave a Chromebook plugged into a charger for weeks (including leaving it in a charging cart over the summer) the steady “trickle charge” will shorten its battery life ...
    Posted May 17, 2019, 8:16 AM by Granger Meador
  • How do I disable unwanted Chrome notifications or extensions? Notifications and extensions are two things in the Chrome web browser that can either help or irritate users. If you ever get unwanted notices or have an unwanted site taking ...
    Posted May 17, 2019, 6:34 AM by Granger Meador
  • Misbehaving websites may rely on Flash If you encounter a website with videos, animations, or other interactive elements that will not load or run properly, they may rely on Adobe's outdated Flash player.Adobe has ...
    Posted Dec 11, 2018, 6:14 AM by Granger Meador
  • Can I monitor a student's Chromebook remotely? Teachers in grades 9-12 can use Lightspeed Relay Classroom to monitor and control students' Chromebooks during class.We will extend the capability across grades 6-12 in 2019-20 ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2018, 9:43 AM by Granger Meador
  • How do I get a student or staff Chromebook serviced? Staff Chromebook repair proceduresStudent Chromebook repair proceduresServicing Staff DevicesIf a staff member's district-issued Chromebook malfunctions:Many issues can be resolved by simply rebooting the device ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2019, 5:02 AM by Granger Meador
  • Can I get an extra charger for my Chromebook? Your Chromebook case includes a convenient zipper side pocket where you can carry the separate charger. For those who prefer to keep separate chargers at work and at home:Until ...
    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 4:28 PM by Granger Meador
  • How do I access my email and calendar on a Chromebook? Currently staff members still rely on the Microsoft Exchange Server for district email and appointments. On a Chromebook we are limited to using the Outlook Web App to access it ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2018, 6:02 AM by Granger Meador
  • Why can't I access YouTube or other sites on my Chromebook at school? If a site that you can normally access as a teacher, such as YouTube, shows the block screen or the annoying "This site can't be reached" error page when ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2019, 12:34 PM by Granger Meador
  • Can I use software/service XXXX on my Chromebook? Services that are entirely cloud-based can be accessed on a Chromebook. Software designed for specific operating systems like Windows or Apple’s OS X or iOS will NOT run ...
    Posted Jan 20, 2018, 4:51 AM by Granger Meador
  • How can I print from my Chromebook? If you have a printer at school or at home that can be accessed from a Windows computer, you can set up Google Cloud Print on that computer and, so ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2018, 6:07 AM by Granger Meador
  • How can I access files and even edit some of them while offline? You can download a file from your Google Drive or other sources directly into the limited memory on your Chromebook. Even better, if you use G Suite apps like Google ...
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 1:06 PM by Granger Meador
  • How can I display a Chromebook screen on a projector or monitor? HDMI ports on Dell 3120, 3180, and Lenovo ChromebooksThese older devices have full-size HDMI ports to output video and sound to external displays and speakers. In a conference ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2019, 5:01 PM by Granger Meador
  • Which mouse can I get for my Chromebook? Your Chromebook includes a touchpad, and the newer Lenovo staff Chromebooks have a touchscreen. But if you would also like to use a mouse with your Chromebook:Just about any ...
    Posted May 30, 2018, 6:16 AM by Granger Meador
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  • Grammarly extension available The Grammarly Chrome extension can be installed on any district Chromebook to assist with spelling, punctuation, and grammar.Grammarly Chrome Extension manualThe extension is NOT force-installed on devices ...
    Posted May 24, 2019, 7:41 AM by Granger Meador
  • Chromebook battery and safety tips The Student Tech Support Team has created a Google Slideshow and video providing tips on saving the Chromebook batteries and safely using the devices.Tyler Salvatori created this video:Gavin ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2018, 6:09 AM by Granger Meador
  • SketchUp for Schools available on district Chromebooks We have enabled the SketchUp for Schools app on our district domain. This free online app is available through our G Suite for Education license and allows users to create ...
    Posted Jan 29, 2018, 1:15 PM by Granger Meador
  • Kung Fu Canvas now available to 6-12 certified staff All teachers, counselors, and administrators in grades 6-12 are now eligible to enroll in Kung Fu Canvas to:learn about the Canvas LMS earn inservice pointsearn equipment incentives ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 7:26 PM by Granger Meador
  • Chromebook Tips & Links All certified staff members should now have a Chromebook, charger, and case. The items are yours to use at school and elsewhere so long as you remain in district employment ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2018, 8:39 AM by Granger Meador
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Grammarly extension available

posted May 24, 2019, 7:41 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 24, 2019, 7:41 AM ]

The Grammarly Chrome extension can be installed on any district Chromebook to assist with spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
The extension is NOT force-installed on devices since some folks find it annoying and sometimes teachers might want to have students disable it since the extension is not available on state tests or in the LockDown Browser used by secondary students for secure Canvas quizzes.
Grammarly logo

Chromebook battery and safety tips

posted Dec 10, 2018, 9:17 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 6:09 AM ]

The Student Tech Support Team has created a Google Slideshow and video providing tips on saving the Chromebook batteries and safely using the devices.

Tyler Salvatori created this video:

Gavin Pendergraff created a slideshow of battery-saving tips:

Video Link

SketchUp for Schools available on district Chromebooks

posted Jan 29, 2018, 7:26 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 29, 2018, 1:15 PM ]

We have enabled the SketchUp for Schools app on our district domain. This free online app is available through our G Suite for Education license and allows users to create, edit, and view 3D models.

SketchUp for Schools

To initially install it, visit
and accept the permissions it requires. 

SketchUp for Schools
Later you can return to that same address to invoke it or, in the Google Chrome web browser, it will have an entry in the Apps group on the left end of the bookmarks bar.

We also have district licenses for free installation of the Windows desktop version of SketchUp Pro. 

SketchUp Pro

The software is similarly used for 3D modeling and its LayOut can be used for plans, elevations, details, title blocks, and more. Have someone at your site file a Help Desk ticket if you need it installed on a desktop system.
Google Drawings available too
The simple and free Google Drawings app is also available for use in any Chrome web browser. It is embedded in Google Docs but can also be independently invoked as a stand-alone app.

Sketchpad app for Chromebooks, etc.

Another free online app:

Chrome Art & Creativity Extensions

There are also some other relevant Chrome extensions which Google features on its online store which can be used on Chromebooks as well as the Chrome browser on desktops, etc.:

Kung Fu Canvas now available to 6-12 certified staff

posted Jan 17, 2018, 7:26 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 17, 2018, 7:26 PM ]

All teachers, counselors, and administrators in grades 6-12 are now eligible to enroll in Kung Fu Canvas to:
  • learn about the Canvas LMS 
  • earn inservice points
  • earn equipment incentives
  • earn being excused from the 2018 snow day make-up
Kung Fu Canvas was offered to all 9-12 teachers beginning in August 2017. Originally it was not slated to open to 6-8 teachers until August 2018, but with the unanticipated grant that allowed us to deploy staff Chromebooks in 6-8, we decided to open up Kung Fu Canvas for those teachers now.

Go to KUNGFUCANVAS.ORG to learn more!
Kung Fu Canvas

Chromebook Tips & Links

posted Jan 17, 2018, 7:24 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 8:39 AM ]

All certified staff members should now have a Chromebook, charger, and case. The items are yours to use at school and elsewhere so long as you remain in district employment. You do NOT have to check them in when changing sites. If you leave district employment, you must submit the items to your site supervisor so they can later be used by others.


  • Please use your Chromebook for meetings

    • Please help us reduce costs and become more efficient by bringing your Chromebook with you, charged, to all district meetings.
    • Meeting organizers are urged to prepare agendas in Google Docs and either share them with participants with links or by setting up and using a Team Drive for your group.
      • Stop agenda paper waste; expect participants to use the electronic agenda you prepare and share
      • Participants can use File > Make a copy to create their own copy to take personal notes on, or you can grant commenting or editing rights when sharing the agenda for live collaborations
      • The agenda and any personal notes are then searchable in Google Docs and Google Drive


  • If you prefer to use a mouse

    • Just about any mouse should work fine.
    • A wired mouse is simplest and most reliable.
    • For wireless mice, a Bluetooth mouse is recommended as they seem to be less draining on your Chromebook’s battery life than a cordless mouse with a radio dongle.
    • However, Bluetooth mice do have to be paired with your Chromebook, and the connection can falter. So if you want fewer hassles, you could use a basic wireless mouse with dongle.
    • Technology Services does NOT provide mice for Chromebooks, but the first three belts of the Kung Fu Canvas program for Canvas LMS training are now open to teachers in grades 6-8, and teachers in grades 6-12 who complete the first three belts in Kung Fu Canvas earn a Bluetooth mouse.

If you want to order a mouse from Amazon at your own expense, here are some links I gathered for inexpensive choices found with Amazon Prime in mid-January 2018:


  • If you need to print from your Chromebook at school or at home


  • To display your Chromebook screen on a monitor or projector

    • Use Google Cast to wirelessly share your screen if there is a computer that is already hooked up to the projector or monitor.
    • If you have a conference room at your site or other shared room with no computer and a projector that only supports VGA, have a site tech troubleshooter file a Help Desk ticket to request an HDMI adapter dongle.
    • Technology Services does NOT provide HDMI dongles and cabling to connect Chromebooks in classrooms since teachers can use Google Cast for free. However, if you wish to invest in a dongle and cabling at your own risk and expense, Amazon links and instructions are on page 6 of the Google Cast instructions.


  • To use G Suite apps even when offline


  • District user manuals

  • Oodles of great extensions to make your Chromebook and Chrome browser more useful


Chromebooks will be tied to district accounts on February 1, 2018

posted Jan 1, 2018, 7:28 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 1, 2018, 8:53 AM ]

To improve account security and device management, all district-issued Chromebooks will be restricted to district G Suite for Education accounts as of February 1, 2018.

Students and staff will no longer be able to login to a district-issued Chromebook using a personal Google account. They will need to always login with a district account.
  • Staff accounts are
  • Students' district accounts are
Staff members can still manually share files across personal and district accounts. However, files stored in a student's personal Google account, rather than in the student's district account, will no longer be available on district-issued Chromebooks.

Google Drive Files

If staff members have stored files in a personal Google Drive which they wish to copy to their district MyDrive for direct access on a Chromebook, rather than sharing them from their personal account, see these instructions on moving Drive files from a personal to a district account

Students must use the above instructions to retain Chromebook access to any files they have stored in personal accounts.

Email, Contacts, and Calendar

Staff members will still use the Outlook Web App to access their email on a Chromebook and can set up Exchange Server accounts on other mobile devices. See these instructions.

Students can use these Gmail import instructions to import email, contacts, or calendar events into their district Gmail accounts. 
G Suite Chromebook

More staff Chromebooks coming on January inservice day

posted Dec 2, 2017, 6:13 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 3, 2017, 3:57 AM ]

On the January 15, 2018 inservice day additional staff Chromebooks will be deployed. 

Currently all high school teachers have a Chromebook. Districtwide, all administrators, Instructional Technology Assistants, and secondary department chairs and core building coordinators have received Chromebooks.

One goal is to familiarize staff members with this technology as part of the Student Computing Initiative, helping them learn how to harness it for student use as dedicated student Chromebooks extend from freshmen in 2017-18 to all high school students in 2018-19 and all middle and high school students in 2020-21. So we can confirm that all middle school certified staff members will receive a new Chromebook on January 15, 2018.

For the elementary schools, PLTW Launch iPad carts are the focus for student use in 2017-18 and 2018-19, but after that district Chromebooks for student use are expected to start appearing at those schools as well, in whatever roles are determined to be most appropriate.

Digital file
Another important aspect of staff Chromebook deployment is increased efficiency. Once all certified staff members have Chromebooks, most paper documents should be eliminated from district staff meetings and inservices. 

Providing agendas, handouts, minutes, and other records via the online G Suite for Education apps like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will allow them to be readily searchable and accessible. Moving to cloud-based G Suite documents also allows for easy collaboration and review. Eliminating paper documents also reduces production and storage costs.

Digital Textbooks
The state has eliminated all dedicated textbook funding; another symptom of its chronic underfunding of public education. So the district must rely on locally approved bond issues to fund basic needs. The 2016 bond issue promoted the district's rollout of Chromebooks to secondary students as a way to reduce textbook costs.

Consequently the district is considering how to incorporate student Chromebooks into its textbook adoption process. Math is the subject area under adoption in 2018 in the state's six-year textbook cycle. So it seems likely we'll begin shifting from physical to electronic textbooks.

Chromebook carts currently deployed in 10-12 ELA classrooms could be shifted to 6-8 Math classrooms in 2018-19 to help support the use of electronic textbooks since middle school students won't receive Chromebooks until 2019-20.

Dell 3120
Since 2016-17, teachers in grades 9-12 and district administrators have had Dell Model 3120 Chromebooks. These devices have the traditional laptop configuration of a keyboard with a tilting non-touch screen that pivots up to 180 degrees. (A small initial group of devices from May 2016 had touch screens.) A small traditional carrying case was included. 9-12 teachers can complete Kung Fu Canvas training to also earn a Bluetooth mouse, spare charger, headset with microphone, and wireless Wacom digitizer.

CLASS OF 2021: DELL 3180
In August 2017 all 9th grade students were issued Dell Model 3180 Chromebooks. These also have the traditional laptop configuration of a keyboard with a tilting non-touch screen that pivots up to 180 degrees. The devices were supplied with always-on carrying cases.
Dell 3180
The freshmen are slated to keep their Dell 3180s throughout their high school career. The district will likely decide in January on what device it will deploy to the classes of 2019, 2020, and 2022 (the students who will be in grades 9, 11, and 12 in 2018-19).


One technology goal of the 2016 bond issue was to provide teachers with mobile instructional devices that could be used while circulating through the classroom. An iPad is handy as a tablet, but cumbersome as a productivity tool, and still considerably more expensive than a Chromebook.

Google is working on adding support for Android apps to the Chrome operating system that runs Chromebooks. A convertible Chromebook with a touchscreen that rotates a full 360 degrees can be used in a variety of configurations. They could be useful classroom-carry devices used in tablet mode if there is sufficient improvement in operating system support and Android app availability.
Convertible Chromebook

G Suite Training Extension

posted Nov 15, 2017, 10:27 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 15, 2017, 10:28 AM ]

The district has pushed out to district-managed devices and accounts the G Suite TraininChrome extension. This should help students and staff learn to use the many Google apps available to them.

G Suite Training Icon
In the Chrome web browser, when you login to a G Suite for Education service such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc. you will now see the G Suite Training extension icon at the top right of the window.

Clicking that icon will provide interactive training and walkthroughs, where you are clearly shown and told what to do, including audio instructions.

Interactive walk-throughs
G Suite Training
  • Rich, interactive training - Whether you’re in Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs, you can learn and take actions, all at the same time.
  • In-App experience - Training is accessible directly within G Suite, so you don’t need to leave the application to learn how to use it.
  • Currently available for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites, Forms, Classroom, etc.

Team Drives are useful alternative for workgroups

posted Oct 13, 2017, 2:07 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 2:07 PM ]

The district has deployed "Team Drives" within Google Drive as an alternative to the usual "MyDrive".  Team Drives allow a group of district users to easily store, search, access, and edit shared files. This service is targeted toward groups of district staff members; it is NOT suitable for sharing files with non-employees.

A big advantage to this approach, versus having one person create a file or folder and then share items with the other team members, is that Team Drive files belong to the team instead of an individual. So they won’t disappear when their creator leaves the district.
Some things to bear in mind about Team Drives:

Everyone on a team might be able to edit the files in that Team Drive. So think before you put documents into a Team Drive or add users to a Team Drive, since everyone with access to that drive could have editing rights to everything in there.  However, when adding users to a Team Drive, you can choose to limit them to viewing or commenting access.

Make a copy if you don't want to edit the master version of a document. If you want to customize your own copy of a file in a Team Drive, open it and use File > Make a copy… to create your own version to edit. You can then use File > Move to shift that copied file around, including relocating it into your own MyDrive so that you can share it differently or with no one at all.

You can share files in a Team Drive beyond that team, but only to district users. You can still share viewing and editing rights to documents in a Team Drive beyond the users assigned to the team. HOWEVER, such shares are limited to district Google accounts. You can't share the files with the general public nor with accounts not associated with the district. So for files you want to make public, use your MyDrive.
Team Drives

Google Cast for Education Deployed

posted Oct 13, 2017, 11:25 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 11:25 AM ]

We have deployed Google Cast for Education to all district Chrome devices and accounts. So when staff members or students use their district account to log into a Chromebook or log into the Chrome web browser on a desktop or laptop computer, they will automatically have it available.

Google Cast for Education allows you to wirelessly mirror your desktop screen or a tab in your Chrome browser to any other Chrome browser you are also logged into. This means:
  • Teachers can mirror their Chromebook screen, or a tab in its Chrome browser, onto their teacher station computers and thus project it on their classroom screens.
  • Teachers can optionally set up a Google Classroom, invite students to join it, and then selectively allow those students to cast their Chromebook screens to the teacher station and thus the projector for student presentations.
  • In general, students and staff can mirror their own Chromebook, Windows, or Mac screens to other Chromebooks, desktops, and laptops.
Here's a link to a document with detailed instructions and screenshots for setting up and using this feature:
Google Cast

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