Here is what I found:
I am a really big keyboard shortcut user. I missed those A LOT. A quick Google search led me to a cheat sheet of Chromebook keyboard shortcuts. This was really handy. Some of the ones I used the most:
- Alt+Backspace works as the Delete Key
- CTRL + Right Arrow jump from word to word (although it didn't quite work like my beloved CMD +right arrow to get to the end of a line.)
Quickly Flipping Between Accounts
I have both a Gmail and EDU that I toggle between constantly. I didn't think I could have two accounts logged in to the Chromebook at the same time but apparently, you can! #HappySurprise. I could never figure out getting my second gmail though.
I have one system at work that I need to access via Firefox...so that was something for which I had to jump to my Mac.
I love the integration of iMessage on my Mac. My whole family is on it...but so long as I kept my phone close I made it work.
Love the ease of this. All I had to do was drag windows to the corners to see multiple windows open at the same time.
Don't love the small screen...I could get a bigger one, but the one I have is only 11".
There are little blue dots when a tab (email, twitter) has notifications. That was cool and not as distracting as the notifications on the Mac.
Spoke to a Chem teacher - for the purpose of his course he has tools that plug into the computer to do experiments programs that need to be downloaded - students would not be able to do that.
Speed - or lack there of.
OK, this was the BIGGEST drawback. It was SLOW! There were a number of times during the week I had to jump to the Mac because the Chromebook came to a stand still. (I imagine this had something to do with the millions of tabs I had open.)
All in all, I think a class set of Chromebooks would be fine for students. The week was not as difficult as I thought it would be. But for my uses, I think I am sticking to my Mac. (Although, I am not adverse to checking out a more powerful Chromebook with touch screen and app capabilities.)
For more advanced Chromebook users what I have shared might seem straightforward, but if are on a Mac and wondering...these were my insights.