For the 2020-21 school year Bedford students in grades 2-12 will be issued a Chromebook to take home.
When will the students receive the device?
Students in grades 2-12 will submit signed forms and insurance payment prior to the beginning of school. High School students can pick up their chromebook during their scheduled registration day in mid August. Junior High students can pick up their chromebook on their scheduled day during Bronco Round Up in mid August. 2nd - 5th grade students can pick up their chromebook on the schedule that will be shared by each elementary building.
Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, 2nd and 3rd graders will be 1:1 and take their devices home.
Will students take their devices home with them?
Yes, students in grades 2-12 will take devices home as long as paperwork and insurance payment has been completed and submitted. There will be an take-home opt-out as well.
What is the insurance cost for the 2020-21 school year?
The cost of insurance for the 2020-21 school year will be $30. For families with 3 or more students in the 1:1 program program will be capped at $90. If an accidental break should occur, the insurance premium covers repair cost during the 2020-21 school year. Insurance covers the chromebook and does not cover loss or damages to power charger or case. Students may have restricted privileges for multiple breaks at the discretion of the administration.
What are the student responsibilities in the 1:1 program?
Directions for setting up a parent account to Schoology are here. Parents must have their child's unique Schoology code that can be obtained from their child's teacher, school main office, or Bedford District Helpdesk at 734-850-6095. Each child has their own unique code and once a parent is connected to the child, the parent will be attached to all of the student's classes and groups for the duration of their Bedford career. If a parent has 3 students, then they will have 3 unique codes to enter on the Schoology parent account they create with their own personal email address. A Schoology parent quick guide can be found here.
How are teachers being trained to use Chromebooks for instruction?
Teachers receive over 20 hours of professional development and training prior to becoming a 1:1 teacher. Professional development for staff is on-going throughout the year.
How can I control what my child accesses on the Internet?
Will the school provide a case and/or accessories for the device?
The school will be providing cases to the students. Ear buds will be responsibility of the student. They will be available for purchase at the school at a nominal fee. If students want to use a mouse, they are permitted to do so at their own cost. Optional messenger style bags are also available for students to purchase. They can be purchased at myschoolbucks.com or a paper form can be obtained from the front office at your child's school.
How and where should devices be stored/cared for at home?
Students are to store and charge their device on a secure flat surface away from foods, liquids, pets, or on the floor. It is the student's responsibility to make sure the device is fully charged before coming to school each day. Power strips will not be provided for classrooms in order to set the tone that students must be diligent in charging their computers at home. Otherwise the result will become a problem for teachers to manage. Families are encouraged to set up a charging station in the home that is not in the student's bedroom.
What are things my child should be aware of when charging their chromebook?
Click here for a list of chromebook charging and safety tips.
What are the school’s disciplinary consequences for inappropriate use?
The school's disciplinary procedures are congruent with the District Handbook and board policies. Students will still need tech available to continue their learning/work.
How do any disciplinary consequences extend beyond the school day and off-campus?
If the occurrence is interfering with the school day it will be handled at the discretion of administrator which may result in loss of privileges.
How can parents view their student's Google Drive?
Parents can use their child's Google login or ask their child to login and show them work on their Google Drive.
The District is required by law to filter Internet content when students are off-campus. The proxy server that has been set up to do the Internet filtering is based on mybedford.us logins to the Chrome browser. To avoid logging into the filter from a home device, users have 2 options:
1. Use a browser other than Chrome when at home. Use Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.
2. Delete the mybedford user from the Chrome browser.
a. To delete the user go to settings> users section> delete user.
Note: Users can always re-attach their mybedford user to the Chrome browser. The advantage to logging into the Chrome browser is to sync content saved in Chrome from one computer/device to another.
Students using a school issued chromebook do not have an option of bypassing the Internet filter when off campus.
What if my student has trouble connecting to our home wifi?