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.