• Chromebook General Questions

Questions and Answers

  • Why iPads and Chromebooks? Why were these devices chosen?

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    In grades kindergarten through 4th grade, academic classrooms will have five iPads for their learning centers along with a set for specials and special education. Each elementary school will also have access to a mobile lab of 30 Chromebooks. Each K-4 teacher received an iPad in the Spring of 2013 to begin preparing lessons and activities for the 2013-14 school year.

    In grades 5-12, Chromebooks will be issued to each student in September. In July of 2016, they were issued to teachers to begin preparing for lessons and activities for the academic year.

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  • What device will students use? Staff?

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    In grades kindergarten through 4th grade, academic classrooms will have five iPads for their learning centers along with a set for specials and special education. Each elementary school will also have access to a mobile lab of 30 Chromebooks. Each K-4 teacher received an iPad in the Spring of 2013 to begin preparing lessons and activities for the 2013-14 school year.

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  • What software will the students be using?

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    Students will be using the software and applications associated with the device that is issued. They will not have the Microsoft Suite of products on their personal devices, but they will still be able to access them using school computers in labs. Google Apps for Education will be the main resource for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
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  • What is Haiku?

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    Haiku is a Learning Management System (LMS). Students will receive access to digital handouts and hand in assignments electronically through the system. Haiku also has a calendar feature that will serves as the student’s assignment notebook and provides an electronic portfolio of work that will stay with the student as they progress through the grades. Click below for a short video introduction to Haiku.

     

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     Haiku UTube Video 
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  • Why is the project/focus being done in the middle and high school and not at the elementary schools?

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    Although funds were not available to provide devices for every student, the initiative will greatly increase technology use by students through the enhanced learning center approach in each elementary classroom. Traditional elementary models will be supplemented through the additional use of technology integrated into lessons and learning experiences.

    The middle and high school levels will need greater access to research tools and the ability to use word processing applications. Older students have the ability to understand the responsibility of digital citizenship.

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  • Will the discipline code be altered to accommodate this new learning environment?

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    District policies and guidelines were updated to provide the parameters for use and discipline. Students will be held responsible for their actions.

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  • Will headsets be provided?

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    Students will need to supply their own listening devices. Parents will need to work with their child to obtain the right device. Students will be required to keep their sound levels such that they would not be audible to others.
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  • Will the device be turned in each year?

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    The devices will be turned in at the end of the school year unless you choose the optional insurance coverage for muyltiple years; Then you will be allowed to keep the device over the summer.

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  • How will children be able to learn if the technology fails or the mobile device is damaged?

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    Loaner devices will be available to be checked out from the media centers. If the technology issue is building or district wide, our staff members are flexible in their lesson design to still facilitate a high quality learning environment.
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  • Does this program replace the computer labs?

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    We will still have the computer labs in place and they will still be used for group activities, testing, and Microsoft Suite applications. Also, some classes will continue to use specialized software that does not function on the personalized learning devices.
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  • What’s the benefit of having student devices vs. just using them during the day for class work?

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    The greatest advantage is that students will be able to personalize their learning 24/7 and have access to resources which allow them to get answers to their inquiries almost instantaneously. The devices promote collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.
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  • Does my student have to have a Chromebook?

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    Yes. It is a necessary school supply similar to a textbook. Students will be using their devices at school and at home on a daily basis.

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  • Does the Chromebook belong to the student?

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    No. The District owns the device and the use of the device must be in accordance with District policies and guidelines both inside and outside of school.

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