The Importance of Student Chromebook Care

Schools and other educational organizations should stress Chromebook care for students, particularly in times of remote learning where the transport of such technology is necessary. Without proper device care, there are many risk factors that could affect your school's safety, sanitation and budget. Due to the monetary and instructional value of Chromebooks, students should be made aware of factors that endanger them and how to care for them effectively.

5 Risk Factors That Can Damage Chromebooks

Here are the top five risk factors that can damage Chromebooks — both at school and at home.

1. Drops

Dropping your Chromebook could damage multiple components. Depending on the severity of the impact, a fall could potentially damage the device beyond repair.

While accidental drops can happen anywhere and at any time, risky activities like resting the Chromebook on the edge of a desk or table, handling it by the screen and carrying it without a protective case increase the chances that it will slip and suffer damage.

2. Screen Cracks

The Chromebook screen is sensitive and can be easily scratched and damaged if not protected. Refrain from unnecessarily touching the screen with your finger or objects such as pens or pencils.  

Always make sure there is nothing resting on the keyboard before closing the lid. Similarly, do not store anything on top of the Chromebook, like heavy books, as the excessive pressure could crack and damage the screen.

3. Extreme Temperatures

Chromebooks can be damaged by extreme heat or cold, so leaving one inside a cold car overnight or storing it by a window that gets a lot of direct sunlight could compromise the internal components. Similarly, make sure the Chromebook is kept in a dry area and is not subjected to high humidity levels, which could also damage the device.

4. Liquids

Spilling food or drinks on or next to a Chromebook can damage both the screen and keyboard — or even ruin the entire device. Refrain from eating or using the Chromebook near liquids to keep it safe.

5. Germs

The hard surfaces on a Chromebook can harbor germs, bacteria and viruses. If a student coughs or sneezes while using the device, they could then spread their illness to any other student or teacher who handles it.  

How to Care for Your Chromebook

Whether the Chromebook belongs to you or your school, it is important to regularly clean and disinfect it as well as ensure it stays protected at all times.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Chromebook

Before you start cleaning or disinfecting your Chromebook, first ensure that it is turned off and that you have unplugged any cords. Then, you will need electronic-safe cleaning wipes, antibacterial wipes, or some lint-free rags and a solution of 60% water and 40% alcohol. In the latter case, be sure to wring out the rag to eliminate excess moisture.

Focus on the top and sides of the keyboard, the screen, and the protective case, as well as any accessories like a mouse or headset. As you clean, be careful that you do not allow moisture from the cleaning solution to collect, as this could damage the device.

Protecting Your Chromebook

Since accidents can happen in any environment, a protective case for your Chromebook is an excellent way to safeguard this investment. For younger students or riskier environments, an in-case-use design offers continuous protection. If the chance of damage is less severe, a remove-to-use-style case will keep the Chromebook safe during transport and storage. No matter which style you choose, you want the case to fit snuggly to protect the device against accidental damage.

For maximum protection and longevity, choose a case constructed out of high-quality materials such as EVA foam, which will mitigate the chance of fall damage, and hydrophobic fabrics, which will help it repel moisture and dirt.

Keep Your Chromebook Protected With a Case From Higher Ground

Higher Ground has built an exceptional reputation for producing protective solutions for Chromebooks and other technological devices. Since 2003, Higher Ground has been focused on the education sector, designing cases that offer protection and style. The company's use-in cases and remove-to-use cases will both enhance the functionality, accessibility and usability of your institution's devices and simplify student Chromebook care in any scenario.

Along with offering a no-risk trial, Higher Ground also provides a lifetime guarantee on every protective case.

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