Chromebook hacks help the student body
Student tries out Chromebook hacks in his classroom. (Photo by Jaime Park)

Want to know how to take a screenshot of your Chromebook’s screen? Or how to split the screen in order to see two tabs side by side? Or even how to use the Chromebook to help you win that popular in-class game on campus, Kahoot?

Incorporated in the 2016-17 school year, Google Chromebooks have made an impact on Sunny Hills students’ education during their in-class activities.

Junior Jiya Bhagat finds bookmarking a tab beneficial in locating the site faster, rather than typing the whole link in when needed.

“It helps me get to the websites quicker, and by bookmarking them, I prevent wasting time when finishing assignments,” Bhagat said.

Junior Brianne Hanamoto utilizes an easy hack to somewhat “undo” any mistakes she makes when working with tabs.

“Ctrl+shift+T is really useful in bringing back tabs when I accidentally close them,” Hanamoto said.

In order to take a screenshot of the screen, students can click Ctrl and the window key next to the arrow to do so, junior Scarlett Alcantara said.

“This helps me when I want to send only a specific section of information when using Google Docs instead of sending the whole document,” Alcantara said.

Junior Hannah Torres uses the Ctrl tab and any number of choice to switch between tabs without having to use the cursor.

“I figured this out by just playing around with the Chromebook, and it’s easier when you have to use information from different websites,” Torres said.

If you drag a tab to the side of the screen, you can have two tabs next to each other, she said.

“It makes it easy if you need to copy information or have a textbook open on one tab and notes on the other,” Torres said.

Because Kahoot is a popular in-class game on campus, Deister suggests a hack simply for that purpose.

“If you put the Chromebook into tablet mode by flapping it over, you can answer Kahoot questions even faster by tapping the screen,” she said.

Deister also has tricks that not only come in handy for the student body, but also for the staff.

“When I am in need of contacting other students but have no way of reaching them, I select ‘PEOPLE’ at the top,” she said. “That page has all the students enrolled into the classroom and will allow me to email the classmates.”

To monitor students’ assignments, teachers can take a look in Google Classroom’s “classwork” section, Deister said.

“In this section, assignments already completed will appear in gray, and incomplete [assignments] will appear in purple,” she said.

These Chromebook hacks can help students perform tasks faster in the long run and help them feel more comfortable when working with devices in their classes, Deister said.

“These different hacks should save the students time,” she said.

This story has been updated on Sept. 11, 2018. A quote originally attributed to teacher Myra Deister was incorrect and has since been removed. The Accolade regrets the error.

4 thoughts on “Chromebook hacks help the student body

  1. Towards the middle of the article it states ‘“If you put the Chromebook into tablet mode by flapping it over, you can answer Kahoot questions even faster by tapping the screen.”‘ You don’t necessarily have to fold your chromebook into tablet mode, touch screen is still accessible even with chromebook in its upright position. However, in tablet mode your screen can be flat on the desk which makes it harder for people behind you to cheat off of you during a game. Besides that, I love everything about this article. I will make sure to use some of these ‘hacks’ in the future.

  2. It is stated in the article, “In order to take a screenshot of the screen, students can click Ctrl and the window key next to the arrow to do so, junior Scarlett Alcantara said.”, but most students probably do not know where the window key is located, so you should probably add a picture of the window key in the article or describe where it is located. Other than that, you had a great informative article!

  3. I like how although The Accolade reports on news happening outside school, it still tries to be a useful outlet for students, by providing articles like these.

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