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Updating Chromebook and Chrome Browser Software

One of the benefits of Chromebooks the Chrome browser is that they automatically update their software to the latest version, freeing up IT staff time to work on other issues.  We recently learned, however, that a handful of ICCSD Chromebooks were stuck on Chrome OS Version 61, which was preventing certain Chrome Apps – like Lexia – from loading.  

At any time, students and teachers can manually check for software updates on a district-issued Chromebook or in the Chrome browser on a Windows or Mac computer.  This can be an easy first step when an application is not loading or isn’t behaving as expected.  In order to check for a software update, follow the appropriate set of instructions below; the first set shows how to update a Chromebook, and the second shows how to update the Chrome browser.   

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Chrome to be ICCSD Default Browser

google_chrome_icon_2011-svgIn response to numerous requests, we will be implementing a network policy on Monday, November 14th that will set Google Chrome as the default browser on all Windows computers in the district.  While this policy will go into effect on Monday, it won’t apply on a particular computer until it has been either started up or restarted. 

The effect of this change will be that HTML shortcuts and links in emails and PDF documents will open in Chrome, rather than in another browser.  You will still be able to use other browsers – such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Edge – by opening the browser directly.  Most users are unlikely to notice any effect of this change, as Chrome is – by far – the most heavily used web browser in the district.  For clarification, this policy change will have no impact on homepage settings or bookmarks.