Monday, January 30, 2017

Old PCs to Chromebooks, Tiny Houses, and More Chromebook Love...

Here are three fun new (slightly quirky) projects!

FIRST, we'll start with a "curation blog" I've started that has daily Chromebook tips and tricks from around the web. The blog is at (you can also get to with the forwarding shortcut It will be slanted toward education, but as a huge fan of Chromebooks in general, I'll collect and post anything that I think will be helpful. (I own a Google Chromebook Pixel, and it is by far the best computer I have ever owned.) You can subscribe by email to the posts, and you can send me any articles or posts you want me to include. (There is a commercial angle to this blog, as you'll see advertisements on it for things like this next project...)

SECOND, I'm hosting another / CloudReady webinar on schools converting their existing PCs and Macs into fully-functional Chromebooks, and making existing labs and carts with older computers useful again. The Webinar is this coming Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, from 2:00 - 2:30 pm US-EST (click here for your local time).

You can register to attend HERE, and by doing so will also receive a link to the recording if you can't make the live event.
More than 600 school districts have already used CloudReady to turn their existing PCs and Macs into fully functional Chromebooks. 
No need to buy new hardware: CloudReady is compatible with over 200 of the most common computer models sold in the past 9 years. 
And now, with their new step-by-step installation guide, CloudReady is easier to install than ever. 
In this session, we'll share how you can breathe life into existing labs and carts to make older computers useful again, enable 1:1 intiatives, and manage CloudReady machines alongside Chromebooks in the Google Admin console. Plus, receive a special 15% discount at the end just by attending!
FINALLY, and now for something completely different, tiny houses! Yes, you read that right. I'm running a free, online event on tiny houses and small-scale living February 20 - 24 called the Tiny House Summit, with an incredible lineup of speakers. Links are below. My doing this is not as far-fetched as you might think, since my interests in small-scale education solutions, peer-to-peer learning, student/learner agency, and self-direction turn out to match really well with the tiny house movement (plus I run a tiny house meetup group in my hometown with 1300 members, and there are even some schools where the students build tiny houses as a school project)! 

I hope you'll consider joining us, and tell your family and friends--all are welcome!
See you online!


Steve Hargadon

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