Contrary to popular belief, Chromebook is much more than “just a web browser.” Chrome can now run many applications that were previously only found on a desktop computer.
We’ve picked out some of the best Chrome apps that make the life of a Network Administrator a little easier, and a few that will save time stress when a teacher want to do Python coding at the last minute.
Secure shell is a terminal client that runs in the Chrome browser. The application uses Native-Client to connect to SSH servers directly from the browser. Most recently I’ve used Secure Shell to manage a Linux web server and a number of wireless access points. As a quick and simple SSH client it’s an excellent tool to have available.
Session data is synchronised across browsers, so if you move from a Chromebook to a desktop Chrome install all your connection settings move with you.
Need a real Remote Desktop client for your Chromebook? Look no further than Chrome RDP.
Chrome RDP claims to be the only true Microsoft Remote Desktop app for the Chrome browser, and I haven’t seen anything to argue otherwise. The app can be trialled for free for seven days after which a license can be purchased for $9.99.
Chrome RDP is my most used Chromebook app. If you’re without a desktop, Chrome RDP allows you to quickly remote in manage servers without waiting for Windows to boot.
Google Apps Scripts
Google Apps Scripts is complex, but if you’re a Google Apps for Education user, and have the time to invest, it’s possible to create some very powerful tools for your school.
MIT App Inventor Launcher
Many schools, particularly in the UK, are using the MIT App Inventor to create Android applications in the browser. This Chrome App creates an simple shortcut to the App Inventor website.
The unfortunately named “Python Fiddle” allows students to create and run Python code in the browser. With Python becoming more popular in schools and with ICT Teachers, this is a simple way to give students access to a coding environment without putting your desktops or network at risk.
HTML Editey allows you to create HTML code in the browser and save it to Google Drive . The resulting web pages can then be shared with Google Drive acting as a web host.
Also available is CSS Editey, the same idea but for CSS files.