For the 2017-18 school year, students in grades 3-12 will be issued a Chromebook.
When will the students receive the device?
For the 2017-18 school year,
Students in grades 5-12 will submit signed forms and insurance payment prior to the beginning of school starting. High School students will receive their chromebook during their scheduled registration day in August. Junior High students will receive their chromebook during Bronco Round Up in August. 4th and 5th grade students will receive their chromebook at their building. Specific times and dates TBD.
4th graders will receive their Chromebook in September during the school day. A schedule will be published in August.
3rd graders will be 1:1 with chromebook on carts in their classroom and will not be taking the devices home.
Will students take their devices home with them?
Yes, students in grades 4-12 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. 3rd grade students will be using chromebooks during the school day and will not take devices home.
What is the insurance cost for the 2017-18 school year?
The cost of insurance for the 2017-18 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 first one will be forgiven without fee. Students may incur fees or restricted priviledges for multiple breaks.
What are the student responsibilities in the 1:1 program?
How are students and staff being trained for this 1-to-1 rollout?
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. Initial Chromebook orientation and training for students occurs in May so students are ready to receive and use their devices at the beginning of the school year.
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 ordered via this printable form.
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, and pets. 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.
What are the school’s disciplinary consequences for inappropriate use?
The school's disciplinary procedures are congruent with existing building handbooks 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 login to view their student's Google Drive by going to this link and logging in with student username and ID.
How does the internet filter work off campus?
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. The time out period for the filter is 8 hours. To avoid logging into the filter from home, 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 reattach their mybedford user to the Chrome browser. The only advantage to logging into the Chrome browser is to sync content saved in Chrome from one computer/device to another.
Students using a 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?