Are your students using Chromebooks this semester? If so, it’s important to understand which pieces of the AES curriculum will and won’t work on Chromebooks.
All AES eLearning lessons will work on Chromebooks. However, some learning modules require additional software to be installed on the devices your students use in order to complete the assignments within the lessons.
On Chromebooks, this may pose a challenge because not all Chromebooks are able to download native apps or desktop apps, such as the Microsoft Office software.
In this article, we’ll walk through whether your students will be able to complete their AES assignments on Chromebooks, based on which curriculum system you use - HealthCenter21 or Business&ITCenter21.
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Does HealthCenter21 Work on Chromebooks?
Students will be able to access and complete all health science learning modules when using Chromebooks.
However, the Job Seeking Skills module does require the use of Microsoft Word for students to create a sample resume in Unit 2.
In order to complete the objectives of the Job Seeking Skills module, your students will need to open the lesson attachment Word documents using Office Online.
Office Online is a free version of the Microsoft suite that your students can easily access from their Chromebooks.
Once your students have created an Office Online account, they will be able to complete the necessary documents for the Job Seeking Skills module!
Learn more about the different types of Microsoft Office here.
Does Business&ITCenter21 Work on Chromebooks?
The eLearning lessons included in a Business&ITCenter21 subscription are all optimized for viewing on any screen or device.
However, some learning modules require students to use the Microsoft Office desktop applications to complete the assignments.
This can cause compatibility issues because Chromebooks are not able to run the desktop version of Microsoft Office.
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Why do some modules require students to use the desktop version of Microsoft Office?
The computer applications modules for Microsoft Office were developed using the full features found in the desktop version.
We made this decision because the desktop version is what students need to use for the MOS certification exams and what we see most commonly used in the workforce.
If students are unable to use the desktop applications on Chromebooks, what can you do instead?
One option is to use the online version of Microsoft Office. Office Online is a free web application that can be used on any device with internet access and a browser.
However, Office Online is not a complete solution and will have limited features available compared to the desktop version.
Because of these limitations, some modules won’t be compatible with Chromebooks - even if your students use Office Online.
To determine if the modules you’ve assigned are compatible with a Chromebook, consult the chart below:
Chromebook Compatibility for Business&ITCenter21 Modules That Require Microsoft Office*
*Note: Any module not listed above does not require the use of Microsoft Office and is fully compatible with Chromebooks.
In summary, the most challenging part of using Chromebooks with AES is if you are teaching Microsoft Office applications.
If your classes don’t require you specifically teach Microsoft Office to teach word processing, spreadsheets, or presentation software, we recommend you assign the Google Applications modules instead.
The Google Apps modules teach the same general concepts and skills as the Microsoft Office curriculum and are 100% compatible with Chromebooks.
If you’re still unsure about how your students will work through AES on Chromebooks, send us a chat!