The Chromebook is quite sturdy, but should be treated as you would any electronic device.
Carrying the Chromebook:
If you purchase a protective shell of the Chromebook, it will only provide basic protection from everyday use. It is not designed to prevent damage from drops or abusive handling. Carrying the Chromebook in a padded backpack or padded bookbag is acceptable provided the backpack or bookbag is handled with care. For example, you shouldn’t toss the bag or drop the bag if your Chromebook is inside. Protective cases are available for purchase in the Notre Dame Bookstore, but feel free to buy any protective case you desire.
No food or drink is allowed next to your Chromebook while it is in use.
Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook.
Students should never carry their Chromebook while the screen is open.
Chromebooks should be shut down when not in use to conserve battery life.
Chromebooks should never be shoved into a locker or wedged into a book bag as this may break the screen.
Do not expose your Chromebook to extreme temperature or direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Extreme heat or cold may cause damage to the laptop.
DO NOT LEAVE CHROMEBOOK IN A VEHICLE.
Always bring your laptop to room temperature prior to turning it on.
Chromebook Screen Care
The Chromebook screen can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.
- Do not lean on top of the Chromebook.
- Do not place anything near the Chromebook that could put pressure on the screen.
- Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover.
- Do not poke the screen.
- Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks).
- Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti-static, or micro-fiber cloth. Do not use window cleaner or any type of liquid or water on the Chromebook. You can also purchase individually packaged pre-moistened eyeglass lens cleaning tissues to clean the screen. These are very convenient and relatively inexpensive.
Using Your Chromebook At School:
The Chromebook is intended for use at school each and every day. In addition to teacher expectations for Chromebook use, school messages, announcements, calendars, academic handbooks, student handbooks and schedules will be accessed using the Chromebook. Students must be responsible for bringing their Chromebook to all classes, unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.
Printing At School:
Printing functionality will not be available at school - if a student is required to print something, the computers in the Library Media Center will be available for that purpose. Teachers will be encouraged to accept assignments electronically through Google Drive.
Connecting to the Internet at School:
The Chromebook has a console management program installed to allow it to automatically connect to Notre Dame’s network upon entering our campus. This console management program also allows Notre Dame to “push” out apps and extensions as well as other add-ons to every student’s Chromebook. The console management program also helps locate lost Chromebooks and can be used to identify one Chromebook from another.
Using Your Chromebook at Home:
All students are required to take their Chromebook home each night throughout the school year for charging. Chromebooks must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. Students need to charge their Chromebooks each evening. Repeat violations of this policy will result in referral to administration and possible disciplinary action. It is recommended that students not carry the AC Adapter power cord (charger) to school. If fully charged at home, the battery will last throughout the day.
Printing At Home:
The Chromebook will not support a physical printer connection. Instead, users may print to their home printers using the Google Cloud Print service. A wireless home network is required for this. Click on this link to help in the process http://www.google.com/cloudprint/learn
For troubleshooting and a tutorial on this topic, watch the first video to the right.
Connecting to the Internet at home:
The Chromebook will connect to any wireless network the same as any other wireless device.
For troubleshooting and a tutorial on how to connect your Chromebook to your home wireless network, watch the second video to the right.
- Click the network icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. Look for your home network. If you see this icon next to your network name in the status menu this means that your network is restricted (password protected). Click the name of your network and enter its security password when prompted.
- If you have followed these steps and cannot access your home network then you will need to contact your Internet Service Provider.