Chromebook Initiative FAQ

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Chromebook Initiative FAQ

Chromebook FAQ

What grade levels will be going 1:1?

What grade levels will be going 1:1?

Students in Kindergarten through 12th grades will each have a device assigned to them. To start the year, the district has enough devices to supply all students in grades 6-12 with a Chromebook to use at home and at school. The district has 360 new devices on order. These devices will be issued to the K-5 students upon arrival. 
Students in Kindergarten through 12th grades will each have a device assigned to them. To start the year, the district has enough devices to supply all students in grades 6-12 with a Chromebook to use at home and at school. The district has 360 new devices on order. These devices will be issued to the K-5 students upon arrival. 

When will the 1:1 be implemented?

When will the 1:1 be implemented?

Fall 2020

What devices are being issued to students?

What devices are being issued to students?

Lenovo 100e and various models of 14 inch HP Chromebooks

Are all 1:1 grade levels able to take their Chromebook home?

Are all 1:1 grade levels able to take their Chromebook home?

Grades K-3 will leave their device at school each day in a charging cart. Grades 4 through 12 will be responsible for taking their device home and bringing it to school each day.

Who owns the Chromebook?

Who owns the Chromebook?

The Mapleton Local School District owns the Chromebook. Students will use the same device each school year for the functional life of the device. Therefore, it is very important that the device be treated with care. You are required to leave all identification and inventory tags in place. Do not write on the device or attach any stickers to it.

Will Chromebooks go home with students over the summer?

Will Chromebooks go home with students over the summer?

No, Chromebooks will be returned at the end of the school year so they can be cleaned and assessed for damage.

Can my student/I refuse the District-provided Chromebook?

Can my student/I refuse the District-provided Chromebook?

No. In order to keep our support model as efficient and effective as possible, we need to maintain strict standards on the devices our students use. As such, students will only be able to use District-supplied devices. In addition, having all students with access to the same type of device creates a consistent teaching and learning experience in the classroom.

Will there be a flat technology fee assessed to all students in Grades K-12?

Will there be a flat technology fee assessed to all students in Grades K-12?

Yes. This year, the district has implemented a $15.00 technology fee. This fee will help cover costs of purchasing hardware and software. 

Does my child need a case for their Chromebook?

Does my child need a case for their Chromebook?
Purchasing a case is not required, however it may be of benefit to help protect the Chromebook during transport between classes and to and from home. We recommend. a laptop sleeve or shoulder case that would hold a 14 in device. Here are a couple of options that should work (Please note, we have not tested these ourselves, they are meant as a reference.):

My Chromebook is broken, how do I get it fixed?

My Chromebook is broken, how do I get it fixed?

If your Chromebook is in need of repair… 

  1. Create a new email.

  2. In the “To:” line address the email to mapl_student@tccsa.net

  3. In the “Subject:” line type “Chromebook Repair” and add the number engraved on the cover of your Chromebook.

  4. Copy and paste the following and complete the information at the end of each line

First and Last name:

Grade:

1st Period Teacher:

Description of problem:

 

Someone from the Mapleton Tech Department will retrieve the Chromebook and assess it for repairs. The student will receive a loaner device and parents/guardians will be notified through email that a loaner has been assigned. Parents/Guardians will also receive email notifications of repair costs.

What fees are charged for repair or replacement of a student Chromebook and accessories?

What fees are charged for repair or replacement of a student Chromebook and accessories?

Students are responsible for taking care of their District-issued Chromebook. Should a Chromebook or charger be lost or stolen it will be the responsibility of the student to pay the full replacement cost.  Any Chromebook abused or damaged will be repaired at the expense of the student. All repair expenses may be paid through the school offices. 

 

Damage(s)

Cost

Screen

$60

Battery

$50

Power Charger

$30

Keyboard w/Upper Case Assembly & touchpad

$65

Chromebook replacement cost (if needed)

$225

* The above costs are approximate and subject to change. 



What if a student Chromebook is stolen?

What if a student Chromebook is stolen?

If a Chromebook is stolen, the family should notify building administration and school security personnel immediately. A police report will be required to formally document the theft and receive a replacement Chromebook. School security personnel can assist with this process. 

Will Chromebooks have internet filtering when used off campus?

Will Chromebooks have internet filtering when used off campus?

Yes. All 1:1 Chromebooks will be subject to the same filtering rules both off and on campus. Although no web content filtering system is ever 100% effective, the software used by the District provides protection against inappropriate web content that meets federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requirements. 

What if I forget my Chromebook?

What if I forget my Chromebook?

A loaner device will not be given out to students that forget their device. Students will be responsible for the work that you miss during class by not having your device. If a student forgets their device, they will receive disciplinary action. 

If I transfer to another school district or move, what do I do with the Chromebook?

If I transfer to another school district or move, what do I do with the Chromebook?

The student must return the Chromebook prior to their last day at Mapleton Local School District. Any Chromebook not returned will be locked and legal proceedings may be pursued.

Will faculty or staff be able to access or control the webcam on the Chromebook?

Will faculty or staff be able to access or control the webcam on the Chromebook?

No. Faculty and staff will not have access to remote control the webcam.

Will my elementary school student get her/his own Chromebook?

Will my elementary school student get her/his own Chromebook?

Yes. In all elementary buildings, each Kindergarten - 5th classroom will be equipped with enough Chromebooks for each student to use their own device. Kindergarten - 3rd these devices will not leave the school unless Mapleton Local School district switches to remote learning. 

What if students do not have access to the Internet at home?

What if students do not have access to the Internet at home?

There are a number of locations in the area that offer free Internet access. See the list here. Even without Internet access, Chromebooks still have the ability to use the traditional Google tools offline, such as writing in Google Docs and preparing presentations in Google Slides. Chromebooks also have a feature that enables students to download work ahead of time so they can work offline.

What about students in classes that require special editing or additional software not available on

What about students in classes that require special editing or additional software not available on Chromebooks?

Students will not be able to load editing software onto the District-provided Chromebooks. Chromebooks are designed to work with software that is cloud-based and that does not require a client installation. For students enrolled in classes that require editing software, Mapleton will provide laptops and computer labs with the appropriate software. In addition, if a student chooses to use a personal device, they are free to do so, but they are still required to bring their district-provided Chromebook with them each day. 

If parents want to limit screen time at home, will we be able to add extensions to do so, as we can

If parents want to limit screen time at home, will we be able to add extensions to do so, as we can on personal Chromebooks?

As District-managed devices, additional extensions cannot be loaded onto student Chromebooks. Screen time is indeed an important topic and one that does not have a one-size-fits-all solution. On a related note, in terms of online safety, the District Chromebooks will have Internet content filtering in place on and off campus. Finally, screen time on a District Chromebook may also be managed in a more deliberate/physical way rather than relying on software. Chromebooks will need to be charged each night and, to accomplish this, a routine will need to be developed by students. By establishing a defined charging time and location at home (not in the student’s room), students will not only ensure a fully charged device but also limit their overall time on the device.

If we are Mapleton Local School District residents but our student attends a non-Mapleton Local Scho

If we are Mapleton Local School District residents but our student attends a non-Mapleton Local School District school (e.g. an independent school), will she/he receive a Chromebook?

No. Only students attending Mapleton Local Schools will be issued a District Chromebook.

Can my child access inappropriate content while using the district-provided Chromebook?

Can my child access inappropriate content while using the district-provided Chromebook? 

No, although content filters are in place, there is not a way to accomplish blocking all noneducational sites and content. The best way to prevent your children from accessing inappropriate content is through monitoring technology use while at home.

The FAQ mentions that a student cannot refuse a District-provided Chromebook. Isn’t this forcing the

The FAQ mentions that a student cannot refuse a District-provided Chromebook. Isn’t this forcing the initiative onto families?

What may seem as ‘forcing’ is, instead, a need to create an equal playing field in the classroom.  When teachers utilize technology in their daily instruction, it is imperative that each student not only has access but also the same technology access and experience. It is very difficult to plan a lesson when there is a heterogeneous mix of devices (or none at all) used by students. A mix of MacBooks, cell phones, Windows laptops, and no devices creates a classroom technology scenario that can be difficult to manage, troubleshoot, and to prepare.  

 

Students will be expected to bring their fully charged district-provided Chromebook with them every day much like other school supplies and textbooks.

Has the District consulted with other districts where one-to-one roll outs have not been successful?

Has the District consulted with other districts where one-to-one roll outs have not been successful?

The planning committee is cognizant of the other district’s locally and nationally that have had less than desirable one-to-one results.  In addition, the committee also drew from positive one-to-one experiences in order to help shape the district’s plan. In the end, the district realizes that no plan, especially of the scope necessary to encompass a one-to-one roll out, is ever perfect in its first version.  There will be bumps along the way and the planning committee will continue to meet throughout next school year to review feedback and refine the guidelines and procedures accordingly.  

Will charging a Chromebook on a nightly basis raise my electric bill?

Will charging a Chromebook on a nightly basis raise my electric bill?

The Chromebook model the district has selected draws very little power while in use and when charging. Although providing an exact dollar amount is not possible, this PDF provided by FirstEnergy/Toledo Edison provides a list of average costs to operate many standard household appliances. There is a section of the document titled ‘Home Electronics’ where ‘laptop’ is listed.  On average, a laptop costs approximately $0.19 per month to operate. There are several variables that can impact this cost including the type of ‘laptop’ being charged. In the case of district-issued Chromebooks, which have low power requirements, it is likely that the average cost will be even lower than $0.19 per month.  

Will students be tracked when using their District Chromebook?

Will students be tracked when using their District Chromebook?

As with any district-owned technology device, student Chromebooks will be subject to internet content filtering (on and off campus), remote device administration of device software, as well as the ability to geo-locate the device if necessary. The district does not actively ‘watch’ students but, instead, utilizes these tools to prevent access to inappropriate online content, assist in recovery of a lost or stolen device, ensure devices are running the latest software versions, and to assist with troubleshooting.  All activity on any district device is recorded and searchable if needed by district administration.  

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