Chrome browser no longer supports apps


What’s missing in this picture?

Apps. According to this article, Google will no longer support apps for laptop or desktop devices – and they’re on their way out for Chromebooks as well. This isn’t much of a tragedy, though, as apps mostly act as “glorified bookmarks” (according to the article). Extensions, the programs that sit up next to your address bar and work on whichever website you’re on, will remain, though!


How do I put my procedure sheet on my Portal page?
  • First, your procedure sheet needs to be uploaded to your Google Drive if you didn’t create it using a Google product. How do you do that? Click here!
  • Yes, you can upload a Word document or a PDF – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a Google Doc!
  • Next, be sure your sharing settings on the procedure sheet (no matter what form it’s in – Google Doc, Word, PDF) are set to “Anyone with the link can view.” How do you do that? Click here!
  • Now you’re ready to grab the link. From the main page of your Google Drive where the document is stored, right-click on the document title and select “get link.” Copy this link.
  • Navigate over to your Portal classroom page. In the box marked “Class Summary,” select “Edit” (it’s on the right).
  • Now you can type the name of your document, such as “Procedure Sheet.” Highlight the name that you just typed.
  • Go up to the “link” icon, which will say “insert hyperlink” when you hover over it. Paste in the link to your document. Be sure you check “Open in new window” – or the document will open in that small rectangle, and no one will be able to read it!
  • The only other item that should be on your Portal page is a link to your class website, if you have one!
Where can I point students for more information about their Chromebooks?
  • I’ve created a similar version of your training website (#ChromebookPirate) for the students (Chromebook Handbook). They can get to it (and bookmark it!) at
Now that I’m playing with Google Classroom, I’ve noticed that there’s a folder called “Classroom” in my Google Drive. Can I add things to it that I will later use for class?
  • No! Please don’t put anything into the “Classroom” folder that Google Classroom creates for you.
  • Google Classroom will a copy of the assignment that you push out to the students into a folder it calls “templates,” and it will put the work students turn in into a folder (with the name of the assignment).
  • You shouldn’t do anything to the Google Classroom folder manually except sweep old assignments into a folder that you create after every unit.
Do I continue to use Dropbox? Transfer everything to Google Drive? Save on my laptop?
  • Visit this chart that created and stored under “Resources” to figure out what’s best for you!
Can students visit the Web Store and add whichever apps I instruct them to add?
  • In order for a student to be able to add an app or an extension, I have to enable permission. This will prevent students from adding sixty games to their device, or from selecting the wrong version of an app for class.
  • All you need to do is request an app or extension, and I’ll go ahead and make it available for students. The form to request these items is on the #ChromebookPirate training site, under “Resources” – or here’s a link.
How do I add a link to any Google product where a word becomes the link?
  • In your document (or slides, or sheets, or forms, or an email…) window, type the word you would like to become a link. For example, I use the word “here” a lot.
  • Now, in a new window or tab, go to your Google Drive where you have uploaded the file (or created the file) you’d like to link to.
  • Right-click on the file name to be sure the sharing settings are “anyone with the link can view” (have to go to “advanced when you click on the sharing settings)
  • Right-click on the file name to get the link to that file
  • Go back to your window or tab with the document where you’d like to place the link
  • Highlight the word that you’d like to become the link
  • Up in the menu bar, click on the link icon. Paste the link in the box that asks for the web address
  • Click “Open in New Window”
  • You’re done! You’ll be able to test it out after you click away from it.
  • Here is the shortest video that I could find to demonstrate this task: go here.