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School looking to prevent screens from breaking should check out the Cranium Chromebook protector. Plus it doubles as a whiteboard. www.Educabana.weebly.com/products 
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Here's a quick demonstration video of the Cranium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmnzDz_uFd4 
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If you are purchasing Chromebooks for your school or district, consider looking at teh Cranium Chromebook Protector as an inexpensive add on to prevent screens from breaking. Plus it doubles as a whiteboard for when the Chromebook is not in use. I absolutely love it.
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A quick updated demonstration video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmnzDz_uFd4 
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We are noticing a large number of our Samsung Chromebooks's OS unable to install or is "missing." We have tried everything we know of to fix this. Are you running into the same issue? If so, what are you doing to work around it?
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Let’s face it. Chromebooks are great, but cheap. They are inexpensive because they are cheap. Cheaply made that is. Because of that, a few companies have developed covers or bags that work with the Chromebooks.

First, if you can afford them, bags are great. They definitely offer outstanding protection, and a few are even made that allow the Chromebook to operate while inside the bag. Unfortunately, a $25 - $50 bag seems a bit expensive for a $250 computer. Plus, how many student have a backpack already. Is there room for a bag within a bag? As long as it is not a nylon strap string bag, any device should be fine in a backpack.

That brings me to the Cranium versus those other plastic covers. A couple have developed a cover for the Chromebook. It looks nice and has a bottom cover too. That bottom cover makes people think it offers protection, but what I have found is that it offers nothing. Chromebooks that are dropped will see damage to their motherboard. Recently we have found those that did not seem to have damage after being dropped, are now over heating. Adding a cover to the bottom only enhances the heating problem and will trap heat and melt the motherboard faster. I would not recommend a bottom cover.  It offers no protection and can add to problems.

With Chromebooks, the most susceptible to damage is the screen. The lid is so flexible, it is a matter of time before someone picks up their Chromebook by the screen and snaps it. Obviously this is where reinforcement is needed. There are a few products out there that protect the screen/lid of the Chromebook. Obviously there is the Cranium and the other plastic or rubber covers. 

First the plastic/rubber covers. They look nice, but do they really protect anything? I was at a conference talking to a vendor where I took my Chromebook, with the Cranium attached, and smashed my Chromebook against a corner of a desk. No damage occurred to my Chromebook. A chip was taken out of the Cranium, but that’s why it’s there. I asked the vendor to do the same with their plastic cover. They laughed and said “no way.” Couple that with the fragility of plastic in colder temperatures and there is additional opportunity for damage.

That brings me to the Cranium. We have taken feedback many people across the US and in three countries about what is needed and what we can improve. We took that information to make the Cranium II. First off, the screen needs to be protected. We created a device that eliminated the flex in the screen. We also felt it needed to be supporting things such as a sleepy head or pounds of textbooks. It can easily support 25 pounds of weight place directly on it. We needed to be light, rigid and durable. Done done and done. We took the original and cut the weight by a third. We increased the rigidity and reduced the Cranium from being top heavy. While the original was designed to be a little top heavy to land on the cover if knocked over, people did not like, or appreciate, that feature. Finally, the Cranium II is the only device out there that specially doubles as a whiteboard. This is a feature teachers will appreciate, as life cannot be always online. 

If you can afford it, get a bag. If not, look at the Cranium. It enhances and protects the Chromebook while in use. As I’ve said before, “your cranium protects your brain, shouldn’t you have a Cranium protect your Chromebook?”
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we have 1600 Lenovos deployed and love them!
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So the Cranium II Chromebook cover is here. All the design elements of the original, but now stronger, thinner, lighter has an aluminum outer core with a soft PVC inner and... it doubles as a whiteboard when the Chromebook is not in use. I absolutely love what we did with it.

A better video is coming, but your'll get the idea.
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how much are the cranium 2's
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We are noticing a large number of our Samsung Chromebooks's OS unable to install or is "missing." We have tried everything we know of to fix this. Are you running into the same issue? If so, what are you doing to work around it?
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We are noticing a large number of our Samsung Chromebooks's OS unable to install or is "missing." We have tried everything we know of to fix this. Are you running into the same issue? If so, what are you doing to work around it?
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You may need to reseat the hard drive in the computer. This was happening to some Acer Chromebooks.
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Got to love our Tech Ninjas. They out this together for PBIS. Come meet the Ninjas at Slate in the Wisconsin Dells December 8-10. They will be speaking about the Tech Ninja program.
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I have a question with Dashboard management. I was told at one time to see who is assigned to each device we had to manually input each user with each associated Chromebook. However, in the Dashboard it says user "unknown" but shows when they last logged in. Is there some setting I can change so that I see who the last user is?

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Not yet. I can enter the information individuals, but with 800 devices that is a nightmare.
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We just deployed 800 Chromebooks and are having problems with teacher calendars and images not being displayed on the student Chromebooks. it looks fine from my end. The student computers have an icon that appears in the upper right that when clicked they see an option to display an image, but that option is grayed out. Also, Hangouts do not work despite the fact I have them open on the dashboard. Groups also do not work except for dashboard admins. Students cannot see the teacher pictures either. This seems to only happen in their Google Sites.

I have:
1) Made sure the Sites and Calendars are public.

I have:
1) Allowed for all images to be seen, this did not work.
2) Allow users to configure, this did not work.

I have:
1)  Allow for Java script, this did not work - yes, I know Chromebooks and Java don't play well, but this appears with the calendar.
2) Allow users to configure - same result as above.

Some students are getting a link that will then display the calendar and that works. 

None of this was a problem last year and I cannot mimic it outside of a Chromebook. Student emails are being managed by Gaggle, but that should not be an issue, but it is the only thing I have yet to look into. 

Any help or ideas is appreciated. 
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We found out my IT person had placed the managed devices under multiple places. I was setting up policies for student computers only in the area called, "students." I had to move all the other CBs into the same areas to set the same policies. This explains why I was having problems.

I had to have students restart their machines with a "don't save information" policy and then change the policy to "save information" and have the students log off again. It was a mess, but already our problems seem to have been resolved. Thanks everyone for your input.
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We have recently switched over from Outlook to Gmail, but are finding that some emails are not being received. We can monitor everything through our Gaggle filter, but cannot see any issue. Has anyone else had this issue? If so, did you find a solution?

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Should not be the case. Does it concern new mails or transferred from Outlook? 
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