Q: What is Chromebook?
A: It is a browser-based, notebook-style device that comes pre-installed with Google Apps, such as Drive, Gmail and Calendar. As the device is designed to be used primarily online, Chromebooks typically feature less RAM and local storage than traditional notebooks/laptops.
Q: What is the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks?
A: It is a free app that can control the EV3 programmable Brick using Bluetooth communication.
Q: Is the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks identical to the EV3 Programming app for iOS?
A: They are identical in terms of programming functionality and looks/UI. The only difference is that content (6 Robot Educator tutorials, quick start video and PDF Lesson Plan) is not embedded in the Chromebook version. It is available as online content that can be viewed inside a browser.
Q: Does the EV3 Programming app require download to the individual Chromebook device?
A: Yes. It is a “packaged” app, which needs to be installed locally (unlike a “hosted” app). The size of the download package will be approximately 26 MB.
Q: How much hard drive space will the installed EV3 Programming app take up on the Chromebook?
A: Approximately 150 MB.
Q: Where do I find the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks?
A: The app is available for download on the Chrome Web Store.
Q: How is the EV3 Programming app distributed to individual Chromebooks within a school?
A: This is done by the local school IT admin via the standard Chromebook deployment system.
Q: Can the EV3 Programming app be used on all Chromebooks?
A: Please check the System Requirements to see if your Chromebook is capable of running the app.
Q: Can the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks run on devices other than Chromebooks?
A: No. The app may appear inside your Chrome browser on other devices when you are logged into your Google account due to automatic synchronization, but it will not be functional.
Q: Are there any minimum requirements to Chromebook screen size and resolution?
Q: Can the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks be used both online and offline?
A: Yes, you always have full access to the programming environment. To access the content inside the browser (6 Robot Educator tutorials, quick start video and PDF Lesson Plan), you need to be online.
Q: Are EV3 programs being stored locally on the Chromebook or online?
A: Both. If online, the program is stored online under the student’s Google Account. If offline, the program is stored locally on the device but is uploaded to the Google Account next time you are online. The Chromebook synchronizes with your Google Account every time you are online.
Q: How do students access their EV3 programs if they later use a different Chromebook device?
A: When they first log in to their Google Account on a new Chromebook, all online EV3 programs are automatically synchronized with the Chromebook.
Q: Can I access and share my projects directly from Google Drive?
A: No. Projects are stored in a hidden location in Google Drive that is not readily accessible for users.
Q: How do I clear the data on my Google Drive?
A: Log on to Google Drive, click ‘Settings’, then ‘Manage Apps’, then ‘Options’ and finally ‘Delete hidden app data’.
Q: What curriculum support is available for the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks?
A: In addition to the Get Started Lesson Plan, three sample activities from the EV3 Design Engineering Projects curriculum will be available in Google Forms format free of charge. Many of the activities in the new EV3 Coding Activities material will be possible to do with the EV3 Programming app.
Please note: The curriculum for the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks is in U.S. English and based on U.S. curriculum standards.
Q: Any additional hints?
A: Bluetooth is per default deactivated on most Chromebooks and needs to be turned on in order to communicate with the EV3 Brick.
Q: Why does an “Add Bluetooth device” error message sometimes appear on my Chromebook when trying to connect to the EV3 Brick via Bluetooth?
A: EV3 Brick firmware and Chrome OS are not completely aligned when an EV3 Brick is first time paired and connected to a new Chromebook device, which causes this error message to appear on the Chromebook. Simply press ‘OK’ to close the error message and proceed with the connection process.
Q: Is the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks identical to the EV3 Software desktop version?
A: The app has the same level of functionality as the EV3 Programming app for iOS, but less functionality when compared to the EV3 Software desktop version.
Q: Will the full EV3 Software desktop version also become Chromebook compatible?
A: LEGO® Education is always working on ways to make our digital experiences device agnostic, which includes the EV3 Software desktop version.
Q: Is it possible to update the EV3 Brick firmware using the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks?
A: No, this is not possible to do directly from a Chromebook. A computer with the full EV3 Software desktop version installed is required to do this.
Q: Where can I find more information about the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks?
A: You can find more information on the EV3 Programming app for Chromebooks here.
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