1:1 Chromebook Pilot

Riverside FAQ

Beliefs and Vision

 

Why are we doing this?

To be consistent with our Mission Statement, Riverside has an obligation to prepare students for an ever-changing world, that sees technological advancements happening at a rapid rate. We believe that every student has a right to an education that prepares them for further education and future employment, and develops the skills that they must have as citizens of the 21st Century: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

 

What is a 1:1 really mean?

A 1:1 program represents the most comprehensive technology integration program available for instructional purposes. It requires that every student and teacher involved the program have direct access to a personal computing device at all times.

 

What is the plan?

At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, selected classes of 5th grade students will be issued a Google Chromebook. Prior to receiving the device, parents or guardians must attend a mandatory  orientation meeting to learn about the use and care of the device. Teachers will receive the device prior to students and professional development will occur throughout the school year.

 

Is there any research to support the implementation of 1:1 technology?

There is a growing body of evidence which documents positive gains collected from 1:1, technology-rich learning environments. Conclusions drawn from available research include favorable outcomes for students, staff, and the community. Examples include, but are not limited to:

● Increased academic test scores

● Increased student engagement

● Improvement in student and staff attendance.

● Reductions in student behavior problems.

● Increased parental interest in school activities.

● Improved student and staff morale.

● Improved teaching pedagogy toward problem basedlearning

Additional research can be found at Project RED, http://www.projectred.org/

 

Classroom Considerations

 

How can 1:1 technology increase student learning potential?

Just to highlight a few:

● Expands learning beyond the school building and school day

● Supports the concept that students become responsible for their own learning

● Enhances differentiation potential and targets a variety of learning modalities and styles

● Allows students more opportunities to use higher order thinking skills

● Provides access to experts such as authors, scientists and professors

● Provides our students and teachers with updated information and valuable research tools

 

What about electronic textbooks; what items will/can be electronic only?

We will work with each instructional teacher to determine what works. There are many electronic options that could and would support effective delivery of your curriculum and instruction. This process will take time for examination and adoption, with continuous evaluation of materials.

 

What about professional development with staff?

Focused professional development will be provided both before and ongoing during implementation. In addition, a Technology Teacher will be in the school to assist teachers with planning and instruction.

 

Is there any expectation for teachers regarding how often they need to use the technology?

The Chromebooks will be expected to be used daily in all classes participating in the pilot.

 

How will this affect classroom management, will we be given some way to monitor students?

Much like anything in the classroom, with or without technology, the concern for distraction is significant. Generally, sound classroom management strategies still work. We will also work with the teachers during the summer and the school year to develop specific management strategies for technology use.

 

Device Thoughts

 

What is a Chromebook?

Click on the Chromebook Info link here http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/education/devices/

 

Why a Chromebook device, how was it chosen?

We determined that the best fit would be a Chromebook for its “ready out of the box” setup, fast boot time, long battery life, low cost and integration into the district technology services. Chromebooks are becoming very popular in schools and districts and implementation initiatives have seen very positive results.

 

Who owns the device?

The devices are owned by the Okaloosa School District.

 

What will this cost and who is paying for it?

Just as the district currently provides textbooks and other instructional materials for students, the

district will supply the Chromebooks as part of the initial pilot for 2014-2015.

 

When will students receive the Chromebook and will there be training?

Each student will receive a Chromebook in November 2014. We will hold a Roll Out Event and at least one parent/guardian will be required to attend. Technical support will be provided to assist students throughout the school day. Additional support will be provided on the school website.

 

What if the Chromebook is lost or damaged?

If the device is lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair, parents will be responsible for the replacement cost of a new device, just as they are responsible for lost or stolen textbooks. If the device is damaged due to negligence and not covered by the warranty, parents will be responsible for the cost of the repair. Every Chromebook will contain an asset tag and become part of the district google management program for identification purposes and to help prevent devices from being lost or stolen. When needed, the district is able to track the location of the device.

 

What is the device’s projected life expectancy and/or battery life?

The Chromebook has a daily minimum battery yield of about 12 hours of use. Battery life is dependent upon the application of the device. We will offer a small amount of charging areas in classrooms to allow students to charge during downtime but we do ask that the device is charged each night at home. The battery for the device is rated for over 1000 full recharges (almost 3 years) while still holding an 80% battery charge.

 

Will students be able to take the Chromebook home?

No

 

I don’t want my student to have a Chromebook. Can I opt out of this program?

You may opt out of this program.  You can choose to have your child complete the same classwork without the assistance of a Chromebook.

 

Can a student bring in his/her own laptop?

No, we ask that all students in the 5th grade pilot use a district issued Chromebook in school.

The Chromebook will be the primary device used for instruction. If students bring a multitude of

devices that operate differently and don't have a common set of applications, it becomes

impossible for classroom teachers to plan and implement lessons. In some situations students

may bring their own personal devices to use in addition to the district issued Chromebook.

 

How do the Chromebooks connect to the Internet?

The Chromebooks being purchased by the district will have built-in WiFi, so they can connect to

any available WiFi network. They will be set up to automatically connect to the WiFi network in

all district schools.

 

Will teachers be given an opportunity to use the device before students?

Yes, our plan is to give the devices to teachers before summer to allow staff members explore the benefits of the device and how it connect to their curriculum and classroom. Training and workshops will be provided to support our teachers.

 

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

No, faculty and staff will not have access to turn on or monitor the webcam. We will use GAFE

(Google Apps for Education) tools to manage the Chromebooks.

 

What are the policies and procedures for technology in Riverside?

Technology Policy

General Acceptable Use

Use of Websites

Chromebook Agreement and Signature Form

Chromebook Procedures and Information

 

Digital Citizens and Leaders

 

How will students be kept safe online with filtering, even when at home?

Chromebooks and the tablets allow for forced filtering, and students will receive the same filtering feature that they have here at school anywhere they access the Internet, regardless of location. Students will also be learning about Digital Citizenship and Digital Leadership throughout the school year.

 

I’m concerned about my student accessing inappropriate information on the Internet. What are you doing about that?

Riverside is in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and maintains a content filter and firewall for all Internet enabled computers and equipment while on our network. The Chromebooks are filtered and students will be responsible for all Internet usage per the Okaloosa County Acceptable Use Policy. All websites (browser history) will be tracked and filtered through the school district.

 

How will you teach students to be digital leaders?

We are expanding the curriculum that we currently use to teach students about Internet Safety.

In addition, these resources will be available online so parents can access resources and implement ideas at home, if they so choose. Students will be encouraged to become Digital Leaders, emphasizing a positive presence on the web.

 

Will other grades be added in the future?

This project is considered a pilot which will be evaluated for next steps.

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