1:1 Chromebook Anytime, Anyplace Learning Initiative
In the upcoming 2017-18 school year, Simsbury High School students in grades 9-12 will be assigned Chromebooks for use at home, as well as at school. Chromebooks have been used extensively in Simsbury Public Schools for several years since we became a G Suite for Education district. Chromebooks have proven to be a cost effective solution for providing students with access to vetted educational online resources and tools. Making these resources available 24/7 allows for anytime, anywhere learning and encourages students to become responsible consumers and creators of information. See the procedures and information packet below for a complete description of this initiative.
Information on the distribution of Chromebooks:
- Chromebooks will be assigned to students during the Forms and Photo Fair on August 23, 2017.
- The 1:1 Chromebook Initiative Procedures and Information Packet with the required form was included in the Forms and Photo Fair packet mailed to homes.
- Parents are expected to read the 1:1 informational packet prior to signing off on the insurance and Chromebook agreement form.
- Students are required to:
- watch the informational videos posted below;
- read the Chromebook Agreement Form and sign off on the form; and
- pick up their Chromebook at their designated grade level time at the Forms and Photo Fair.
What to bring to the Forms and Photo Fair:
- Students must have a completed Chromebook Agreement
Form that includes:
- the insurance section filled out;
- a check or receipt of online payment for insurance if opting into the school insurance program; and
- parent/guardian and student signatures.
In order to address any questions that parents/guardians may have after reviewing the Procedures and Information Packet, informal Q & A forums will be held on:
- August 17 from 6:30-7:00 PM, SHS Auditorium
- August 21 from 6:00-6:30 PM, SHS Auditorium
- 1:1 Chromebook Initiative Procedures and Information Packet
- Chromebook and Insurance Agreement Form (bring to Forms and Photo Fair)
- Informational Videos (required viewing)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Student Help Desk
Will Chromebook use be monitored outside of school?
- The school will not monitor student use at home. While at school the network does have a filter to meet the CIPA requirements for appropriate educational content. At home, students' filtering will be dependent on your home filter. That said, while logged into their school account, Google Search Safe Search is in effect at all times.
Why assign students their own Chromebook?
- One reason is to ensure all students have ready access to the technology and educational resources needed for learning whenever and wherever needed. With so many of the educational resources students need being online, it makes sense for students to have a tool that gives them quick access to the Internet. With this additional access to Chromebooks, students will become more adept at using its features along with the G Suite for Education Apps. It also is more cost effective to assign students a Chromebook than to supply each teaching space with its own set of Chromebooks (25% more Chromebooks would be needed.)
What if my child forgets their Chromebook at home?
- At this age we expect students to come prepared for class each day. We will have a minimal number of loaners for students whose Chromebooks may be out for repair, and we will draw upon these if a student forgets their Chromebook. Leaving their Chromebook at home is not an excuse for missing assignments. Disciplinary actions can be found in the Chromebook agreement and in the informational packet.
What if the Chromebook is damaged or not functioning properly?
- Students must bring their Chromebook to the Student Help Desk in the library within one school day to fill out a repair request. The Trojan Tech Team will help them fill out the repair request and will do a preliminary inspection. A loaner will be issued dependent on inspection. If the student has insurance they will be able to bring the loaner home until repairs are made. If the student does not have insurance they will need to return the loaner each day to the library. Their Chromebook will be returned upon receipt of cost of repairs/replacement. See the insurance agreement and information packet for complete information.
What if we do not have Internet access at home?
- Students are able to sync their Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings to their Chromebook for offline work at home. Any changes made to these files will be synced once back online.
Can my child print from their Chromebook?
- Instructions on how to connect to your home printer are included on the Student Help Desk webpage.