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Be Smart On Air #31: Edu Tech Talk

Having fun with a former/current follower turned podcaster +Niilo Alhovaara on his "Be Smart On Air" podcast.

Hp x360 EE Chromebook with Stylus #teardown4ed

Out of the convertible tablets that I tested, I liked the HP x360 the most.   If you want the stylus make sure to request that version at the time you purchase it, because it is not something you can easily add-on later.

Ziteboard web-based whiteboard

Ziteboard is a very simple quick web-based whiteboard that works on Chromebooks. This is my app of choice as an alternative to Smart Notebook.

Asus C213 unboxing, review & teardown #teardown4ed

This video I am looking at how well the Asus C213 might workout in a 1:1 Chromebook school.

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VtFest 2017: Live Chromebook Teardown (and giveaway) #Teardown4Ed

Each year we look at what devices we need to purchase. We look at reviews and try and get some test models. In this session we will not only get a hands-on look at several devices, we will physically take them apart and see how they can be self-maintained by the school itself.

Chromebooks I have to look at:

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About each device

(This will be updated after the session)

Acer Spin 11


  • Tablet mode with full 360 degree hinge
  • Only Education Edition comes with stylus
  • Battery is free floating and not mounted
  • Changing the keyboard is not simple

Asus C202 


  • Non-touch, but it does have a 180 degree hinge so it can lie flat on a table.
  • Has proven a great device in FHUHS's 1:1 program.

HP 11 G5


  • Non-touch
  • Looks like it will hold-up over time
  • Screws are awkwardly placed
  • Screen does not fold down all the way



  • Touchscreen, with 180 degree hinge only.
  • No stylus
  • Swivel camera so that it can be both outward and self facing.
  • Optional whiteboard cover

HP x360 EE

Video to come
HP provides "Disassembly Instructions":


  • Tablet mode with full 360 degree hinge.
  • There are 2 versions of the Education Edition, one that includes a digitizer and stylus, and one that does not. 
  • Screws are placed under rubber feet.

Asus C213

Video to come


  • Tablet mode with full 360 degree hinge.
  • At time of purchase make sure to ask for the version that includes the digitizer and stylus if you want that feature.  
  • Worried about back access panel.  This seems like it has a lot of potential to come off and expose components. 

Vendor contact information (for Vermont)

Carrie Benatti
(802) 388-1600 ext. 222 or (800) 290-4979 ext. 222
Fax – (800) 290-4765
Email – carrie@thetopfloor.com
Orders Email – orders@thetopfloor.com

Matt Battista
(866) 872-0817

Account Executive
(w) 413.569.4248 | (m) 413.519.1173

Jim Kenney
National Account Manager
jkenney@ctl.net | p: 800.642.3087 x208
m: 503.407.9446  f: 503.526.9135
CTL | http://ctl.net

Marcus Szczecinski
Email: marcus@panurgyvt.com
Phone: 800-974-1115 / 802-658-7788, ext. 246
Cell: 802-310-0729 | Fax: 802-859-9407

Andrew Dague | Sales Executive
724.838.9588 x 133

HP Chromebook 11 G5 unboxing, review & teardown #teardown4ed

This video I am looking at how well the HP Chromebook 11 G5 might workout in a 1:1 Chromebook school.  This particular Chromebook was provided by "The Top Floor" for my teardown presentation at VTFest this year.

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Acer Spin 11 Chromebook, unboxing, review & teardown, #teardown4ed

For this video I have done an unboxing, review and teardown of the Acer Spin 11 Chromebook. Unlike other reviews, which are often targeted at the generic consumer, I actually look at how well this device will work in an 1:1 environment in schools.

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Chromebook Printing to network printers made simple

Chromebook printing has always been an issue especially in a network.   As of ChromeOS version 59 Google has implemented direct IP printing, which eliminates the need to use Google Cloud Print and eliminated the need to have a windows service running on a print server.

Here is how you can set it up on your network.

1. Start by enabling ipp printing on your networked printers.   Each printer will be different.  Some offer authentication which you want to shut off.  Below are the settings from two of my printers.  The below instructions are for non-SSL setups.  If you need SSL you will have to make the necessary adjustments to the protocol and port number when adding a printer.

2. Next jump into the gSuite admin dashboard, and navigate to the "Device Management > Chrome > User Settings".   Then select the Org that you want to deploy the printer to.  Lastly locate the "Native Chrome OS Printing" setting and click "Manage".

3. This window shows the printers you have added and allows you to add either a single or multiple printers at once.   For this post I am only going to focus on adding a single printer.  So click "Add A Printer".

4.  Provide the printer with a Name and the driver you want to use.  If you are lucky enough to have one of the listed printers, go buy a lottery ticket, if not then I suggest selecting "Generic" under the Manufacturer heading and then "Generic PostScript Printer" for the Model.

The next part may be different per printer, or if you enabled SSL, but I would start with the below settings and tweak if they don't work.

  • Protocol: Ipp ~ This stands for Internet Printing Protocol and a pretty standard protocol that the majority of printers have built-in.
  • Host: Enter the ip address of the network printer
  • Port: 631 ~ You can probably leave this blank, but 631 us the default port for Ipp
  • Path: /ipp ~ This appears to be a standard path needed for most printers.  

5. Lastly, make sure that the Chromebook is at least Version 59 or else you will not see the printers under the "Local Destinations".

This window is accessed by going to the Google Print Window 
and clicking "Change" under the destination.

Interactive board for Chromebooks

Our school like many have some aging SMART boards that need to be replaced soon.   We are also a 1:1 Chromebook school so I wanted to find something that was compatible with them.    I found 2 setups that I really like, the Epson BrightLink Interactive projectors, and the Infocus jTouch boards.   Both Interacitve devices worked instantly when connected to a Chromebook.

I only got to use the Epson for a short time, but it was certainly a great tool.   Being a projector it was able to cover a very large surface area.   It uses a standard whiteboard, and the newer versions can be used without any special pens.
The Infocus jTouch board is a different approach.  It is basically a 65" touchscreen.   It is very reliable, and being a TV the images are very crisp and clear.  However it is only 65" which is quite small for many classrooms.     I also looked at the SMART TV, and the Promethean versions.   The SMART TV did not work with a Chromebooks and cost over $4000, while the Promethean was a very nice alternative, and one I certainly would consider, however it's cost was in the $3000-$4000 range.   The jTouch starts just under $2000 which makes it very appealing interactive board.  To Promethean's defense they are a 70" 4K TV where the jTouch is only a 65" 1080p screen, so the extra cost is justified.

Here is a video I made of me using he jTouch board with a chromebook:

When moving away from SMART, it also meant moving away form SMART Notebook.   This actually has proven to be the harder task.   While I can get the SMART Notebook separately now, and they will work with both interactive setups above, it doesn't work with a Chromebook.   So in my research I have come up with 2 tools that I thought were very well built and were necessarily to show teachers when introducing them to the new interactive hardware.

The first one is Web Paint.  This is a chrome extension that will allow the user to annotate over any webpage.  It works with touch and is quite intuitive.

The next one took me a little longer to find, and that was an actual whiteboard.  There are a lot of them out there, but none that really stood out.   https://app.ziteboard.com/ was the first one that I felt was clean, collaborative and ready to use out of the box.

Here is a quick video I made of Ziteboard: