How To Easily Replace A Chromebook Battery

 If your Chromebook is running through it’s battery faster than you are, it’s time to replace it . Here’s how:

*NOTICE*: All of these steps are being done on an Acer C740 Chromebook which means these steps may not match exactly with your current chromebook. Although, the steps will still be very similar.

 MATERIALS:

In order to complete this guide you are going to need the following materials:

  • phillps head screwdriver with a magnetic head (I recommend a small to medium size, nothing larger than a water bottle).

  • A new battery for your chromebook (of course)

  • OPTIONAL: A container to keep the differing screws seperate while deconstructing the chromebook

Powering Off The Chromebook:

First, power off your chromebook so you prevent corrupting any files or damaging your system. To do so, press and hold the power button for three seconds.

 

Removing The Back Cover:

Next, close the Chromebook and turn the bottom facing upwards. Here is where the phillips head screwdriver will come into use. The arrows on this image indicate the placement of the screws that need to be removed in order to access the interior of the chromebook.

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Once all of the screws have been removed I suggest putting them in a spot that is difficult for them to fall off or in a container. Your chromebook should now be looking somewhat like the image below.

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 Removing The Inner Screws:

Now you will need to remove the inner screws (as marked in the image below) and keep them separate from the previously removed ones.

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 Removing Battery Connections:

Before finally removing the battery, make sure that the connections to the motherboard are unplugged (The connections are shown in the image below), then proceed to exchange the batteries. Then, just reverse the steps of this blog and you have successfully replaced a chromebook battery.

 

Bio:

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Zachary Bingham is a senior currently attending Ash Grove High School.His favorite after school activities are playing video games, watching  anime, and creating programs. Knowledge fuels his day to day life as well as exploring new ideas. Prior experience with technology he has had is taking OTC  Computer Information Science classes for 2 years. He also has had experience with programming languages such as Python,  C#, HTML, and CSS.

Twitter: @zbinghamAG

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The Simple Guide to Replacing a Chromebook Screen

Have you ever dropped your Chromebook and had the screen break on you? Possibly shut the lid on something and cracked the screen? Luckily, you don’t have to take it to some expensive shop and get that screen replaced. In this simple guide I will show you where you can get a replacement screen and using only a screwdriver and about 15 minutes of your time you can have a brand new screen on your Chromebook.

What model do you have?

Today I will be replacing the screen for an Acer C740. You can find your model on the underside of your chrome book. There should be a small sticker that says the model number for the chrome book. Once you have the model number you can search for the right screen for your chrome book.

Screenshot 2017-02-23 at 1.31.29 PM.pngA great website to find replacement screens for a chrome book (or  other parts you might need) is www.chromebookparts.com . Just look up the correct screen for the model of chrome book you have and order it in. Most of them cost between $40 and $70  unless you have a touchscreen. A touch screen monitor costs around $150.

Getting the cover off

20170214_110256First you must peel off the black over around the screen. Start by getting your finger nail or a thin object like a flat head screwdriver under the bottom of the cover.

Be careful not to go to quickly while popping off the cover. The edges of the plastic can be sharp and can cut your hand/finger very easily.

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fingers under the cover and popping it out of place.

 

 

 

Removing the bad screen

Once the cover is off, there will be four screws holding in the screen. Below is a graphic that highlights the four screws that hold in the screen.

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Take out those four screws and make sure to place these screws in a location where they cannot roll away. They are very small and nearly impossible to find if dropped.

Once those four screws are out the screen can be genitally lifted from its place. Personally I like to set the screen down onto the keyboard in order to remove the plug that connects it to the base. Peel off the tape that holds down the plug and then remove the plug. The old screen is now free and ready to be thrown out.

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Next put the new screen on the keyboard upside down so that it can be plugged in. Make sure to get the pins all the way into the female side on the new screen. Once the new screen is plugged in and secured using the tape on the plug, the new screen can be set on the top half of the chrome book in preparation to be screwed in.

Before the new screen is screwed down, power on the chrome book and make sure that the new screen is working. If it is than you are ready to screw it down and secure it in place. If it does not, check the connection of the plug on the screen. If the plug is securely in place than it is possible that your new screen is not compatible with your chrome book or was damaged out of the box. Contact the customer support service of the site you bought the screen from in order to try and receive a refund or replacement.

Replacing the Cover

Once the new screen is secured down you can replace the black cover around the screen. Start by pushing in the grey hinge connector. Push the two connectors in like the image below shows.

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Once the two hinges are in place you and push the rest of the cover back into place. There will be snaps when they click back. Once the cover is all the way on the repair job is done. Congratulations on your new screen.

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Larry (@Larry_Fry_III) is 18 years old, from Bois D’Arc, MO; in his Senior year at Ash Grove High School. He loves everything that has to do with technology. He is also attending OTC’s Computer Information Science course. Larry plans to go on in life to become a programmer or a web developer. He consider myself an expert with google docs and “simi” coding expert in Python, C#, and HTML 5/Css.

How To Use Smarty Pins

What is Smarty Pins?

Smarty Pins uses Google Maps and gives trivia question that a player must pinpoint the location on the map.

How does it work?

A player is given a question such as, In what US state has the most Superbowl’s been played at? A player would pin a point on Florida. Say a player pins the point in Kansas City as many miles as the player is off are how many miles are taken away from your 1000 mile total given. 

How to play:

First choose either start a new game or choose a category.

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Choosing start a game allows a player to go straight into a game with a mixture of a bunch of questions from all categories. Choosing a category makes all the questions about that one topic. 

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Playing the game:

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Smarty Pins can be fun to play in free time while you learn trivia. Have fun!

Bio 

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Kyle (@PrattMaster1) is a Junior at Ash Grove High School and a student in the Assist Help Desk. He is on the Ash Grove track team and a member of FBLA. After High School he plans on going to college to become a physical therapist.

 

Quick, Draw with Google!

Quick Draw is a game built with machine learning. It provides computers with the ability to learn without having to be explicitly programmed.

Machine Learning – It provides computers with the ability to learn without having to be explicitly programmed. Machine Learning focuses on the development of of computer programs that can change when new data/information is given.

How it works

Users are given approximately twenty seconds to draw a randomly selected object

While drawing a computer will start naming off things that the user might be drawing.

They will have six items to draw and extra time does NOT carry over into the next object.

Note: The computer does not base what you drew as a whole. It processes how you drew it by which ways (left, right, up, down) and which lines you started/finished with.

Other Features that can assist you!

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At this point there are 2 choices:

  1. Click the ‘X’ box to go back to draw more
  2. Click on you drawings
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Objects:

Some of the objects that could be drawn include:

Vehicles               Food

Animals                Land features     

Facial Features   Silverware

Tools                     Electronics

Clothes                 Toys

Why use Quick, Draw?

Quick Draw was created to give people a fun example of a how you can use machine learning.

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Tyler Howell (@thowellhelpdesk) is a senior at Ash Grove High School in southwest Missouri. He is currently involved with a plethora of extracurricular activities including: FBLA, FCCLA, Track & Field, and a former captain of the football team. Tyler loves helping out students with the google apps. He enjoys using the google applications to assist him in his school work also.

Photoshop for free? Pixlr is pretty close.

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Chromebooks do not come pre-installed with any sort of image editing software, and that is a major bummer. There is no need for fear. A website called pixlr has all of the functionality of Microsoft paint and, fortunately, more! Although this software does not have the functionality of Adobe Photoshop, it has many of the basic tools Photoshop has, for free!

Selecting and Opening Files into Pixlr

Step 1

 

Type      pixlr.com/editor     into the address bar of the chromebook and press enter.

 Step 2 (optional)

It is possible to create Free Account to have online storage for images. Go to the top left corner of the screen and click on File>>Open Image Library. This is where you can save and access your pictures anywhere with internet.

Step 3

Here is the largest step. Let us begin by finding an image.  Once a search is submitted, click on images. Then, click on any image. After that, click on view image. Once that loads, right click and select “save image as”. After that, the Chromebook’s file manager will appear. By default, the image will be in the “Downloads” folder of the Chromebook. Click “Save” and there have a saved file!

Tip: File Manager can be accessed by clicking the magnifying glass on the Chromebook’s keyboard and typing “files”. The logo looks like this:

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Step 4

To open our file in Pixlr, click on file in the top left corner. Then, click on “open image”. This will open the images in the Downloads Folder on the Chromebook. Select the cat photo, and it will open in Pixlr.

Making The Masterpiece

Now that the image is open, the next step will show some basic functions of the pixlr editor, such as adding transparency to images, and adding text to images.

Adding Transparency To Images

  1. Select the wand tool and left click areas of the image that is not going to be transparent. Tip: Hold down “Shift” on the keyboard have multiple wand selections simultaneously.

       2. Next, clean up the spots on the image that were not quite detected by the wand tool. Select the lasso tool and, while holding shift once again, select the rest of the spots that were missed. Here is the lasso tool’s logo: lasso-tool

       3. Now that the kitty is selected, invert the selection. This replaces the selection with every part of the image that currently is not selected. It inverts the selection.

       4. The final step is to copy and paste the current layer. This can be done by navigating to Edit>>Copy and then select Edit>>Paste. Then, deselect layer 0. From here, the image can be exported as a transparent PNG.

Adding Text To Images

This is a simple process. Click the “A” icon towards the bottom left of Pixlr’s screen. Then, click anywhere on the image. Then, simply type the text that is going to appear, and viola! The

Exporting Images From Pixlr

After the image’s edits are completed, there are multiple places to save the image.

-The chromebook

-Pixlr online storage

-Google Drive

Important: Save the transparent image in the PNG file format. If not saved as a PNG, the transparent sections will become white again.

1.  To do this, simply click “File” on the top left once again, and then click “Save”.  From there, choose the location where the new image will be saved. The picture can be saved in the Pixlr library, or on the Chromebook. In this example the pretty kitty is saved onto the Chromebook directly.

Hooray! A fully functional, online image editor on the Chromebook! There are a lot of different tutorials online for all of the tools Pixlr offers, so do not be shy and jump right in! Good luck and have fun!

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Bio:

Cole Davis (@Cole_Davis64) is a student at Ash Grove High who attends classes at OTC for Computer Information Science. He dabbles in 3D animation in his spare time, and likes to help people make the most out of their computers. It’s not uncommon to find him browsing spicy memes, or making some internet.

Giorgio Cam Take a picture and make music with the Chromebook

What is Giorgio Cam?

This is an AI experiment that takes a picture and tells what the object is in the picture, while putting it into music lyrics.

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How does the Giorgio Cam work?

The Giorgio Cam creates rhymes and adds rhythm to the music.  Then it identifies the object, while using the photo to create entertainment with music. 

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Why it is fun for learning?

Giorgio Cam uses image recognition to label what the picture is, then the cam turns the labels into lyrics of a song. This AI experiment makes learning things a lot of fun and very interesting.

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This is an experiment built with machine learning that makes music with the computer just by taking a picture. It uses image recognition to label what it sees, then it turns those labels into lyrics of a song.


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Bio: Riley Benton (@beefcakes39) is an Ash Grove high school student who loves sports and also a member of FBLA, STUCCO and FFA.  He plans on going to a community college and learning multiple of handy skills and applying that to my future job.

The Survey Says….Google Feud! by Mason Keith

Google Feud is a fun little game that Google has created that lets you play Family Feud but uses the top Google search results as the answers. It is a fun experience that allows people to learn more from google and keeping them entertained for hours.

To get to Google Feud:

Search Google Feud and it’s the first result that pops up.

Here is the link to the website- http://www.googlefeud.com

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How to play:

The game gives you 4 options to choose from to start playing; culture, people, names, and questions. When you pick one, you get 4 chances to complete the 10 answer table. The questions that are asked are popular topics people have searched on the Google search engine. The answers are popular questions people have asked about the topic.

Here is a video that displays how the game looks and operates.

Linking the game to Google Search Engine:

When the answers pop up, you have the option to click on them which will take you to the search results of that question. It is a great way to do research within a game.

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Conclusion:

Google is growing rapidly day by day and has not slowed down. Many tools are available to use to help benefit your work, research, or social interaction.  Google Feud is a unique tool offered by Justin Hook using the Google API.  It’s fun game that keeps you entertained while getting work done.

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IMG_0844Mason Keith (@maskeithHD) is a Senior at Ash Grove High School. He is a member of the Ash Grove Student Help Desk. Mason plays baseball and football and is also involved in BETA, FBLA, and STUCCO. He plans on attending OTC and then Missouri State pursing a career in Business.