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The podcast that explore how Chromebooks are impacting the K-12 classroom. Hosted by author and Google Certified Trainer John Sowash who interviews a variety of guests who share their Chromebook Classroom experience.

The podcast that explore how Chromebooks are impacting the K-12 classroom. Hosted by author and Google Certified Trainer John Sowash who interviews a variety of guests who share their Chromebook Classroom experience.
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The podcast that explore how Chromebooks are impacting the K-12 classroom. Hosted by author and Google Certified Trainer John Sowash who interviews a variety of guests who share their Chromebook Classroom experience.




Locked Quiz mode for Chromebooks!

Google Forms gets "Locked mode" and it's an exclusive Chromebook feature! Locked quiz mode prevents students from accessing opening new tabs or accessing unauthorized digital content. In this mini-episode I break down everything you need to know about locked quizzes! For more details on this new feature, including a video overview, visit Note: As of December 6, 2018 the locked quiz feature is only available to a small number beta testers. I anticipate that...


S3E3 - Do we have a Chromebook Crisis?

Are Chromebooks good for more than math games and web research? This is one of the topics that I discuss with Andy Losik, elementary STEM teacher, during this episode of the Chromebook Classroom Podcast! Andy Losik (@mrlosik) is a PK-5 STEM teacher at Hamilton Schools in west Michigan. Andy has a rich background as a classroom teacher and technology expert. He is an Apple Distinguished educator, Google Certified innovator and Discover Education Programs Champion, and helpful...


S3E2 - Bring the world to your Classroom

With Chromebooks in your classroom, exploring remote and exciting parts of the world has never been easier! Joining me on this episode of the podcast are Kim Randall and Kelly Kermode, two wonderful and well traveled educators, and authors of Bring the World to your Classroom. Visit for links, resources, and tools mentioned in this episode of the Chromebook Classroom Podcast.


S3E1 - Making Middle School Math Fun!

How do you make math interesting for a middle school student? Eric Marcos has been helping students create instructional math videos since 2007. These amazing (and entertaining) videos have been watched by more than 1.6 million students and teachers from around the world. Eric teaches in Santa Monica, California and also runs where you can find all of his videos. Visit for links, resources, and tools mentioned in this episode of the Chromebook Classroom...


S2E7 - District PD that doesn't suck!

How do you help teachers develop new skills and grow as professionals? Andrea Derrick has developed an impressive digital learning program to encourage the staff in her district to develop new skills. This comprehensive, detailed program helps teachers regardless of whether they are just starting to use technology in the classroom or are an advanced user.


S2E6 - Chromebook Web filtering with Securly

Chromebook web filtering is should mean more than just blocking bad websites. Bharath Madhusudan, co-founder of the web filtering company Securly, shares how his company is working to keep kids safe on the web by using machine learning and natural language processing to prevent cyber bullying and self-harm. Visit for information on Securely's free Chromebook filtering tools.


S2E5 - Teaching World Language in the age of Google Translate

How do you teach world language in the age of Google Translate? Bethany Thompson (@bthompsonEDU) began teaching French 19 years ago. She has personally observed the impact that technology has had on the classroom. These challenges and opportunities aren’t unique to world language, however. They also impact math and many other subject area. This conversation is filled with practical ideas for embracing change and challenge students to be critical thinkers. When you listen to my conversation...


S2E4 - Chromebooks in UK Classrooms.

We’re heading across Atlantic ocean today to learn how Chromebooks are being used in the United Kingdom! My guest is Mark Allen, a long time IT director and technology specialists who has worked with hundreds of schools in England. Mark and I discuss many things including the pros and cons of requiring all students to learn how to code, concern over Google’s data collection practices, and strategies for encouraging schools and teachers to adapt to new technologies and teaching tools. It’s...


9 barriers to using technology in the classroom

In an effort to better understand the specific challenges and needs of teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches, I created a survey and asked for specific feedback on challenges related to implementing technology into the classroom. In this episode of the podcast I am sharing the final results of the survey. My challenge to you is to take this information and begin thinking about what you can do to remove these barriers in your school. Send me a tweet (@jrsowash) and let me...


S2E3 Starting a student Chromebook repair program

Chromebooks are great for classroom learning, but why stop there? Fairview Independent Schools in eastern Kentucky created the student technology leadership program to give students an opportunity to learn how to service and support technology use within the district. In this episode I am joined by Corey Moore (@mrmoorefhs), director of the student help desk program. Corey shares insights on the Fairview 1:1 program and tips on how to start your student Chromebook repair program. We are also...


Top multimedia apps for Chromebooks

Make learning active by asking students to demonstrate their learning by designing a multimedia project. Not only are they fun to create, they can be easily shared within your class or school community. In this episode I share my top recommendations for working with images, audio recordings, and video using a Chromebook To get the list, visit


S2E2 Makerspace Chromebooks and badges with @theNerdyTeacher

The makerspace movement is focused on learning through creation. But how do Chromebooks fit into your makerspace? The Nerdy Teacher, Nick Provenzano, shares his thoughts on using Chromebooks for coding, 3D printing and more! Plus, Nick shares the new badge program he is developing for middle school students. Visit for a copy of the 10 most popular Chrome Unboxed articles and other links mentioned in this episode.


5 Strategies for using Chromebooks in your Classroom

In between my conversations with Chromebook using educators I would like to share resources and lesson ideas to help get the most out of your Chromebooks. Today I am sharing my free email course, "developing your Chromebook Classroom." This five lesson course is perfect for anyone who is just getting started with Chromebooks. Here's what you can expect: Lesson 1 - Getting started (logging in)Lesson 2 - Navigating the webLesson 3 - Finding the best contentLesson 4 - Avoiding...


S2E1 - Chromebooks in Beta: Gabriel Brangers from Chrome Unboxed

My guest is Gabriel Brangers, co-founder of Chrome Unboxed - arguably the top resource for ChromeOS related news on the internet. Gabriel has been called the “Sherlock Holmes” of Chromebooks because he explores the deep reaches of the open source Chromium code repository looking for clues about what Google developers are working on for the next generation of Chromebooks. Gabriel explains the testing process and shares how you can help test new features by switching to the Chromebook beta...


S1E0 Season 2 Introduction

Season 2 of The Chromebook Classroom podcast will introduce you to another set of awesome people who have fresh ideas about using technology in education. My goal is to bring you modern ideas from a variety of perspectives: from both in and outside of the classroom, from across the US and the world, from teachers, students, administrators, and companies that support the use of Chromebooks in the classroom. The first episode of season 2 will be available on October 1, 2017. Subscribe to the...


Season 1 - Introduction

Welcome to season 1 of the Chromebook Classroom Podcast. This podcast was created to highlight how Chromebooks are impacting education around the world. Season 1 features six episodes with interviews with the head of Chromebooks for Education, a tech director from Ohio, an elementary teacher who figured out how to get 5 year olds to enter their password correctly, a energetic college professor, a tech integration specialist who helped his teachers migrate from iPads to Chromebooks, and a...


S1E1 - Chromebooks, past, present, and future with Cyrus Mistry

This is my interview with Cyrus Mistry, Group Product Manager, Android & Chromebooks for Education. Cyrus is in charge of managing the Chromebook for Education team at Google. His early efforts helped the first round of Chromebooks to schools which provided to be amazingly successful. Today, over 50% of devices used in Schools are Chromebooks. Visit for show notes and resources.


S1E2 - From iPads to Chromebooks with Dave Bast

iPads to Chromebooks? My interview with Dave Bast from Holland Public Schools shows that it's not about the tech you select, but the learning you can enable. Visit for show notes and resources.


S1E3 Protecting and Repairing Chromebooks with Eric Griffith

How do you protect and repair your Chromebook? My interview with Eric Griffith from Mechanicsburg schools in Ohio discusses key strategies for ensuring that your Chromebooks withstand the stress of the school environment. We also discuss the merits of on-site Chromebook repair. Visit for show notes and resources.


S1E4 Fostering Collaboration with Technology with Elliot Soloway

This wide-ranging conversation with Elliot Soloway, Professor of education, engineering and information at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor was fun. Elliot is a passionate and insightful technologist and researcher who shares how we can collaborate with technology to solve hard problems. Visit for show notes and resources.