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Chromebooks and plain text

2016-01-23 17:30:03.774566+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Elf Sternberg: Teaching Web Development in High School: Chromebooks really get in the way.

Another cautionary tale about how modern computing is becoming more and more about media consumption.

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#Comment Re: Chromebooks and plain text made: 2016-01-23 18:31:23.075584+00 by: brennen

This is a legit set of observations about the state of client access these days. My suggestion whenever this comes up is spend 5-10 bucks a month on a VM somewhere with your Linux/BSD of choice, and give 'em all a shell...

#Comment Re: Chromebooks and plain text made: 2016-01-24 10:28:31.997623+00 by: DaveP

Seems to me that it wouldn't be that hard to write a plain-text editor that will run under Chrome and get it into the appropriate google store. There's probably a bright kid who could do that instead of thinking up new ways to tweak the administration.

#Comment Re: Chromebooks and plain text made: 2016-01-25 05:12:28.589157+00 by: Jack William Bell [edit history]

Some options. Cloud 9 is probably the best answer for an academic setting. It should be possible to get Atom running as well, although it will mean installing Node on the Chromebook. And I doubt the school administration would be thrilled with rooting the devices.

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