Your reporting and management go-getter for Chromebooks.

Stop playing whack-a-mole with your Chromebooks.

Are you getting the full potential from the Chrome device management model?

 

  • Do you move sets of Chrome devices into organizational units to optimize device settings for different groups of users, or for special use-cases, like kiosk-mode for computerized testing?
  • Do you use the Chrome management console to keep asset IDs, usernames, locations or notes up to date?
  • Can you quickly track down devices with older versions of Chrome, a specific serial number, used recently by a specific user?
  • When devices turn up damaged, or when users are suspected of vandalism, can you get the evidence you need to resolve the situation?

Challenges that prevent schools from getting the most out of the Chrome Management Console

  • Limited search parameters make it challenging to fully explore patterns or filter for groups of devices by a specific characteristic.
  • Without a 3rd party tool, keeping annotated fields like location, asset ID, user, and notes up to date requires painstaking, device-by-device data entry.
  • Selecting and moving a large number of devices from one organizational unit to another can be quite challenging within the console interface.
  • There are no search options that query against device activity history.

 


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“Chrome Gopher has saved me countless hours updating my Chromebook in the G Suite admin console. The report features allow our technology resource teachers to determine which schools are using their Chromebooks so that they can better support them.”

Dave Carty, Fayette County Public Schools, KY

Go Premium with the Gopher Buddy Extension

Gain additional reporting insights and fleet health with the Gopher Buddy Chrome Extension

Gopher Buddy is a Chrome Extension, available with the Chrome Gopher Premium offering that:

  1. Extends the reporting powers of the Chrome Gopher to include user sessions that capture username, local & public IP address, start time, and session duration in minutes.
  2. Gives logged-in G Suite users permission-based access to recent session info and device metadata like SN and Asset ID from the logged-in context.
  3. Nudges users to help prevent Chrome devices from falling behind in their OS updates.

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Chrome Gopher Basic Chrome Gopher Premium
Query & import, modify & update Chromebook metadata in Sheets X X
Bulk load devices by serial or asset ID X X
Bulk load devices via CSV file X X
Bulk enable / disable devices X X
Bulk deprovision devices X X
Quick find and update a single device by Asset ID, User, or Serial Number X X
Run auto-refreshing reports & pivots on OS, Model, org unit, and utilization X X
View major OS and number of versions behind latest by device model X X
Report from ordered list of recent users, or 15 most recent active dates without users identified X X
Give site-based staff ou-delegated access to report only on their devices X X
Search by user email address and report serial number, session timestamp & duration, and local & public IP address. X
Search by device SN or Asset ID and see all sessions, including username, session timestamp & duration, and local & public IP address. X
See most recent session information for many devices at once. Useful for spotting mislocated devices. X
Give site-based staff quick-access to device details, including detailed usage reports, within the Gopher Buddy Extension X
Optionally auto-remind users to update Chrome devices if they are behind the latest Chrome version X
Optionally configure max Chrome version to use for update reminders X
Display & scan barcodes for Asset ID and Serial Number directly from a Chrome device's screen coming soon

What users are saying about Chrome Gopher PREMIUM version

“Gopher Buddy’s Show Device Info feature is a great tool for staff/students to use when submitting helpdesk requests to provide us with information that will speed up the resolution of issues. This is information that is often not easily available or omitted when submitting tickets. It gives us one place for the end user to check that is a single click away. We also like what we have seen on the reporting side. Being able to accurately see who has been using the Chromebook comes in handy.”

David Bousquet, Technology and Information Services Director, McMinnville School District

“I love the Show Device Info feature in Gopher Buddy.  What I really like is that we use permanent marker to label Chromebooks in carts and sometimes this wears off and teachers don’t know which Chromebook it is and they can look in the Notes field and it will tell them what machine it is because we give them names her like NR-Lenovo4-8.  I also really like how you can see all the info on the device in one spot.”

Darwin Yossie, Technology Director, Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District

“With BASIC device info available to the student, they can check and see if they are the user that is assigned to that Chromebook.  Also, it gives them quick access to the S/N for copying and pasting, if needed.  We also gave employees FULL access to the device info tabs (including recent sessions).  With this info available to classroom teachers, they now have a tool to track down a destructive student that’s causing damage to classroom Chromebooks. I have also used the Single Device and the Single User reports in Chrome Gopher and shared that data with tech integrators/principals/teachers to help track down a device or see who else has logged into it and what IP addresses and are logging into them from.”

Frederick Aldrich, Computer Technician, Pilgrim High School

“I believe that putting device information at the fingertips of students and teachers gives them a better understanding of their device and reinforces the pride in ownership mentality so that they are cared for accordingly.   The detailed information (primarily the Asset ID and Location fields) also aid school staff in keeping classroom sets of devices in the same location for inventory purposes and quicker tech support response times.  It’s frustrating to get a help desk ticket about a faulty Chromebook and then have to inspect 30-36 devices in a cart or even search nearby classrooms just to identify the faulty device and return it back to its ‘home location’ after it has been repaired.  Finally, having accurate details on the current user aids our school staff in quickly locating missing or stolen devices. The Google Admin Console currently lists multiple users and session times (often 10-15 per device) which makes it very difficult to recover quickly. By having precise data on the current user that is logged in, we can find that student and hopefully recover the device before it leaves the campus.”

Rick Lewis, Director of Technology, Brooks County Schools

How Chrome Gopher works

Chrome Gopher is an Add-on for Google Sheets that can be installed by any user with administrative rights to manage Chrome devices.

Supports OU-restricted admin roles

This means that you can empower school or division level device managers with the full functionality of Chrome Gopher, but limited to only those org units for which they are allowed to manage devices.

Data-exploring superpowers

Chrome Gopher lets your Chromebook fleet data enjoy the full power and flexibility of Google Sheets, including filters, formulas, charts, and more.

Handles even jumbo-sized updates

Chrome Gopher can handle very large update jobs, allowing you to bulk-update any of the Chrome-writeable fields, including Asset ID, Annotated Location, Annotated User, Notes, and Organizational Unit.

Mass deprovision old Chromebooks

Getting rid of a large number of old machines?  Chrome Gopher saves time by letting you mass deprovision devices — removing them completely from management.

Useful breakdown reports

Quickly isolate outdated Chrome versions and device counts by OU.

Org Unit Level Activity Reports

Knowing where your devices are being used, and where they aren’t, can inform everything from device allocations to support strategy and gives key stakeholders a window into the returns on a district’s Chromebook investment.

Load devices from CSV files

Many districts maintain an inventory or asset management system where a lot of useful information about their Chromebooks lives. This information can include Asset ID, Annotated User, Annotated Location, and Notes, which ideally you’d like to keep updated in Google’s Chrome Management console. Since most asset management systems will export a CSV dump of data, we decided to make it easier to bring your asset management data into Chrome Gopher’s Device tab.

Sheets filters are powerful

Not only can you search by any condition within any Chrome Device attribute, but Chrome Gopher respects your filters during updates, which means that you can bulk-modify only those devices that are currently visible in the Sheet.

Great for forensic reporting

Chrome Gopher can search across and report out all devices on the domain that have been recently accessed by a specific user, and it can report on all user and session activity for a specific device.

Show only what you need

Quickly hide / unhide columns to give yourself and / or stakeholders only the relevant information for the task at hand.

Quick find and update

There are times when you’re looking to quickly discover information and make modifications to a single device at a time.  For example: when distributing / assigning machines to students in a 1-to-1 program, or when tracking down a lost and found device.  The quick find and update panel makes it possible to search for and quickly modify device information!

Load and edit multiple devices using a barcode scanner

School IT staff can use a barcode scanner to quickly enter serial numbers and asset IDs to batch-update devices in Chrome Gopher. Need to check that this set of 35 devices are in the correct cart? Need to move these 100 newly-unboxed machines into the correct org unit? Scan a list of devices directly into the sidebar and import them into the Devices tab, along with all their current Google reporting metadata, and update away!

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“Chrome Gopher has been a huge time saver! Being able to quickly update Chrome devices in Google’s admin console has let us spend more time getting devices to the classroom and less time managing them.”

Michael Cullers, Granbury ISD, TX

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“Chrome Gopher has allowed me to go from days to minutes when mass updating Chromebooks. We have over 12000 Chromebooks in our district, and we order 4000 at a time. Chrome Gopher has simplified the way we get information into our Google Admin Console, working within Google Sheets. This is a life saver!”

Susan Herder, Mounds View Public Schools, MN

happy districts and counting

Your device data, your way

Put the full, flexible, filterable, formula-funtastic and feature-rich experience of Sheets to work against your bare-metal device data — just as it comes out Google’s APIs.

What are you doing Saturday?

If you’ve been doing all of this stuff manually in the admin panel, Chrome Gopher will give you back your weekends.

Elementary, my dear Watson

Your colleagues will indubitably remark upon your new swagger in solving workaday Chromebook mysteries.

Free trial

Access to all basic features for 15 days

After trial ends, you retain the ability to import devices to the Sheet

Quote request unlocks premium features for 30 days with no obligation

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Basic, a la carte

starting at
$250/year
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Premium, a la carte

starting at
$450/year
  • Learn how price varies with district size
  • Existing Chrome Gopher Basic subscribers can apply the remainder of their subscription as credit towards an upgrade
  • Includes access to the Gopher Buddy Service & Chrome Extension
  • Get 30-days of premium access with no obligation when you request a quote below
  • Unlimited domain users / access can be delegated by device OU…  learn more
  • Additional 10% discount for GFE Technical Collaborative members
  • Dedicated help desk support
  • Receive an on-boarding video call with our consulting team (additional $150)
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