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Apps and Extensions Gone Wild

Google Chrome apps and extensions work like regular programs for desktop computers, but they only work on Chromebooks and the Chrome web browser.  The district manages student Chromebooks in Google Apps for Education (GAFE) console.  The admin console allows staff to manage apps, user settings, device settings and much more.  There are some Google Apps and Extensions that the district forces to district accounts and devices.  Some example are the content filter extension and the instructional software app called Clever.  Since they are managed by the district, the end user will not be able to delete them or make changes to them.

The district has not stopped end users from installing additional apps or extensions from the Chrome store.  However, one should be cautious when doing this as some of the apps and extensions may contain malware that can cause the end user problems with websites they use or the functioning of the Chromebook.  Since these items run from the Chrome browser, the apps and extensions may follow the end user from one machine to another each time they log onto a new device.

So, what is the best thing to do if you, a student or your child is getting “odd” or “inappropriate for the site” items popping up on their Chromebook?  The end user has the ability to delete apps and extensions that are not managed by the district.  To delete either one, simply follow these directions from Chromebook Help.  An app that is managed by the district can’t be deleted.  The extensions that are managed do NOT have a trash can beside them.

If you find an extension or app that you feel is inappropriate or allows students to bypass content filtering, classroom teachers or administration can put in a ticket for Technology staff to review and address (Request Type: Request or Remove Access> Student Access> Google Apps).