HJMS 1:1 Chromebook Program for Anytime, Anyplace Learning
Given the successful implementation of the 1:1 Chromebook Program at the Simsbury High School, Henry James Memorial School students are being assigned Chromebooks for use at home, as well as at school starting with the 2019-20 school year. 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 1:1 Chromebook Procedures and Information Packet tab below for a complete description of this program.
Information on the Distribution of Chromebooks:
- Parents and students are expected to read the 1:1 informational packet prior to signing off on the insurance and Chromebook agreement forms. The Chromebook agreement sign-off will be done through PowerSchool Enrollment (formerly InfoSnap), which will open in late July.
- The morning of distribution for their grade level, students must bring in their signed (parent and student signatures) Chromebook Insurance Agreement. If opting into annual insurance (recommended) and payment was done through mypaymentsplus.com the receipt must be attached to the agreement, or please attach a check payable to Henry James Memorial School.
- Chromebooks will be distributed on the following dates:
- 8th grade will receive Friday, August 30th
- 7th grade will receive Tuesday, September 3rd
- Students will watch the required videos (see below) prior to receiving their school-issued Chromebooks.Chromebooks are collected at the end of the school year.
In order to address any questions that parents/guardians may have after reviewing the Procedures and Information Packet, an informal Q & A forum will be held during the September 17th PTC meeting at 7:00 PM.
- 1:1 Chromebook Procedures and Information Packet
- Chromebook and Insurance Agreement Form
- Informational Videos (required viewing)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Student Chromebook Troubleshooting & Tips
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.)
Why do students have to use a school-issued Chromebook?
- Our Chromebooks have management applications that allow teachers to direct student learning and to securely deliver online teacher created assessments. These applications are not licensed for personal devices.
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 Chromebook Help Desk in the cafeteria 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 in the Student Chromebook Troubleshooting Tips below.
Getting Started with your Chromebook This one-page write-up includes setting up your wifi connection at home and printing from your Chromebook.
How to Setup Offline Files on your Chromebook Step-by-step on syncing your Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings for offline access.
How to print at school from your Chromebook Presently printing is available in the Writing Lab. Read the instructions to understand the process.
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