Ask a Tech-Savvy Teacher: Help me with dongle-land!

We received this message last week, via our “Ask a Tech-Savvy Teacher” page here on the Tech-Savvy Teacher blog:

“Hello Tech-Savvy Teachers,

My kids bought me a beautiful new Chromebook for Christmas, and I love it! I have all but abandoned my old Windows laptop for the speedy Chrome interface and have found great web tools for nearly all of my daily tasks. Thanks for introducing me to your Chromebooks in Portland in 2015!

Here’s the problem: the Chromebook has almost no ports on it and instead features ‘USB C’ ports. I am a little confused. How do I plug in a projector to present? What about the network at school? Can I pull pictures off my digital camera? All of the websites refer to dongles, but, I don’t really understand what a dongle is.

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