Sunday, May 28, 2017

Android Apps on Chromebooks and How to Set Up in your Edu Domain

Android coming to Chromebook has been talked about for over a year now.  It is now here and ready for you to use in your Edu Domain!  It is in BETA mode but it is VERY FUNCTIONAL and if you have a compatible Chromebook (running Chrome 53 or later) you can configure your domain to put a 'PLAY' store of APPS available to your teachers and students.

Here are the steps to set up Android in Admin Domain for Chromebooks.


In short, you need to login to admin.google.com.  Go to Device Management > Chrome Devices and then select Android Applications.  Next, accept the Android for Work Agreement.  When that is enabled you can select and configure Android Apps.  

Click to Configure the Apps.  Click on the + sign to shop for the apps.  Select an app you want to make available to your students.  Once you APPROVE it you need to CONFIGURE IT!  If you don't configure it then it won't show up in their SCHOOL PLAY STORE as an option.


When you configure the app you have a choice to Force Installation, Pin to Taskbar (which I recommend for Google Classroom, for example) BUT you can simply make a tool like Toontastic, WeVideo, etc as an install option.  

Once you set up your store, you probably want to know what the user experience looks like.  I've created a video below to show you how the student experiences the play store accessing and using apps.

With the PLAY store app pinned to the student task bar they can open and see what is available in the store and install as needed:

I would LOVE to hear your feedback!  Are you as excited about the potential as I am?  What will be your first apps to send out and how will this change how you are DBA at your school?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Admin Settings to Open Classroom to Outside your Domain

A quick post today, but really important one.  So often we hear of updates to GSuite Apps and just take it for granted they will work until we are in a setting that this 'new feature' doesn't work properly because our ADMIN had to do something in the admin panel to make it possible.  

When Google Classroom was announced as an open tool stakeholders went wild for a variety of reasons.  If you are one of those stakeholders you know why.  For example, I can now teacher an Adult Ed course for parents using Google Classroom and they can join with their gMail Accounts.

What many were excited about was the idea of going to conferences and workshops and being to have the entire audience seamlessly join your Classroom!  No more obstacle for teaching 'Google Classroom' outside your domain!  YAY!  In theory and reality this is GREAT and POSSIBLE!

It requires that the Admin Settings in Classroom be modified to do this.  I created a help video below, but in short you just need to sign into admin.google.com, go to Apps> GSuiteApps> Classroom> ManageDomainAccess and set it to 'any user.'  Any user means even if they just have a gMail consumer account they can join.