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Chromebook Customization: Art Meets Tech

Vlad Morozov | vmorozov19@dtechhs.org | June 11, 2018


Whether you like it or not, you have to admit that Chromebooks have become a very important part of d.tech. They are the tool that allows us to communicate with each other using things like Slack and Gmail, they allow us to learn by replacing regular textbooks, and they allow us to create, whether it’s using Pixlr or writing in Google Docs. As a result, they almost become an extension of us. It’s only natural that with the amount of time that we spend with our Chromebooks we will personalise them in some way. Take a look:

This is senior Ben Morgan-Butcher’s Chromebook. It’s a newer HP one, as he points out: “In the first year they gave us the Acer Chromebooks, but mine mysteriously died. So, they gave me the second one.“ The entire back of the Chromebook is covered by some silver material, giving it a very unique look. This look comes from the “Extra gum wrappers that have been peeled and pasted in a tedious, multi-hour process.” Later on, Morgan-Butcher added on to the look: “I just threw some red sharpie on there, because I thought it worked.”

Unsure if this Chromebook would become a permanent part of his life, junior Ian Moore didn’t want to get too attached : “At first I didn’t really want to modify it, like put stickers on it or anything.” Later, when it became evident that he is stuck with this Chromebook for a while, he started adding stickers. The orange cover also proved to be useful, as Moore “would store papers in here.”

Junior Taylor Abbey has a bunch of stickers on her HP Chromebook, still the same one she received after transferring to d.tech. “I’ve gone through many iterations of stickers,” Abbey said.  “I think that freedom of expression, even if it’s just a couple stickers, is still pretty cool.”

“I got mine freshman year, so it’s one of the older Acer ones,” said junior Lauren Shannon. Her Chromebook still has the original orange cover, with stickers and papers under it. She didn’t put stickers on right away though: “I was worried to put them on, so I didn’t put them on for a while, because I didn’t know if we had to give them back.” Shannon is happy the school lets us put stickers on our chromebooks, like the “I Stand With Students” sticker: “I can just like… That’s my opinion, right there!”

Junior Jasmin Texidor also was hesitant about decorating her Chromebook: “It took me awhile to also put stickers on mine, because I had to accept it.” It started with the Spongebob sticker her friend gave her, followed by The Strokes and the Custom Ink logo. Jasmin Texidor likes the self-expression that stickers allow. Texidor said that, “It’s nice to look around and see, without even getting to know the student really, you can just look at their Chromebook and tell ‘All right, that’s who you are, a little bit.’”

Kirill Naumov also has one of the HP chromebooks: “It’s a new chromebook, because the previous one… it broke.” Because it’s new, Naumov didn’t get a chance to decorate it. The chromebook looks completely new. And, since Naumov is planning to graduate early, he is not planning to put stickers on his chromebook: “I’m leaving school in what, a month? So I don’t need to.”

Lili Blum decorated her chromebook in a rather unique way: “There’s a lot of stickers on it, some have my face on it.” It’s colourful and funny. As for the chromebook itself, Blum said that it’s ”kind of useless, unless you are connected to wifi, so that sucks.”

 

Of course, these are just a small part of the whole, with many many other chromebooks worth noticing around the school. There are stories surrounding all of them, waiting to be told. So next time you see a chromebook, ask yourself: what does it say about the owner?

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