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1:1 Chromebooks Program

For 2018-2019, all students in regular education* in grades 9-12 are REQUIRED to checkout and use a school-issued Chromebook.

*Take-home Chromebooks are not issued to students in the Bruin Academy or severe and profound or multi-handicapped Special Education programs; they instead use dedicated devices provided at the school.

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Parents' FAQ

What if the Chromebook gets damaged or stolen or malfunctions?

If you can’t resolve the problem with a Chromebook or it is damaged or stolen, students at BHS should visit the Student Technology Support Team classroom, which is room 132 in the annex to the east of the 10-12 Library. 

Instructor Wendy Meador and the students in that program will provide assistance. If they cannot resolve a problem quickly, they will check out a loaner Chromebook until the device is repaired. 

When the Student Technology Support Team classroom is closed, please proceed to the 10-12 Library to seek assistance from librarian Kim Lashbrook.

If you purchased the district-offered insurance, the full cost of repair or replacement is covered for a first incident of damage or loss, as well as half the cost of a second incident. If you opted out of the insurance or suffer a third incident, the cost of repair or replacement is charged to the student/parent.

Is there a web filter on the Chromebook?

When a student is at school and logged into its WiFi, internet access is filtered to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act as well as Board Policy ECA. Before the end of August, the district will have installed the Lightspeed Relay extension on each take-home student Chromebook as well, which will extend that filtering to all use of the Chromebook, whether or not it is on the school’s WiFi network. Students and parents may not disable or interfere with the filtering extension, per the 1:1 Computing/Chromebook Guidelines they agreed to in order receive the device. Bear in the mind that the Chromebook is provided only for educational purposes.

No amount of filtering can replace adult supervision. Parents who have concerns about their child’s use of the internet should consider requiring that the device be used in supervised living areas of the home. A parent decides when and how a child uses the Chromebook, but please refrain from taking the device from your child during the school day, as they will need it for instruction.

Can my child bring a family-owned Chromebook or laptop to school?

Not at BHS; once a grade level is equipped with 1:1 Chromebooks, the district requires that the district-supplied Chromebook be what is used at school. Only district-supplied Chromebooks have the required LockDown Browser for secure assessments and other necessary applications. Also, the use of consistent devices reduces distractions for teachers, minimizes support issues, and helps ensure students have a quality educational experience.

What if we don’t have WiFi internet at home?

Having internet service via WiFi will greatly enhance the usefulness of the device outside of school. There are plans as low as $5 or $10/month for qualified homes. Several community organizations offer students on-site internet access, including the Westside Community Center, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Bartlesville Public Library. Some restaurants and businesses also offer WiFi connections to their patrons. There is also after-school tutoring offered a few days each week at the high school with transportation home. Students who will be offline should follow these instructions  and download assignments using Google Docs/Sheets/Slides in advance while at school, setting them to be available for offline editing later; they can be uploaded when the student returns to school.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Please contact Granger Meador, the Exec. Dir. of Technology & Communications, at GMeador@bps-ok.org.

Chromebook Checkout Requirements

New students and their parents must: 
A device cannot be checked out until the student and parent either pay the insurance premium or opt of coverage. For returning students, the insurance program must be renewed each year by the fifth day of classes.


Student Computing Initiative Timeline

In August 2016 district voters approved a bond issue to fund a multi-year plan to implement a Student Computing Initiative, including a 1:1 computing rollout for secondary school students. This will eventually provide a Chromebook to each middle school and high school student for use both at school and at home, and expand the availability of devices in the elementary schools.

Timeline

In the 2016-2017 pilot year, carts with 20 to 35 Chromebooks were provided to the students in all 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade English classrooms. The students and teachers were able to use the G Suite for Education along with the Canvas Learning Management System in their lessons.

In 2017-2018 all freshmen in the regular education program received a Chromebook for use at school and home. The Chromebooks checkout program is expanding to grades 9-12 in 2018-2019 and to grades 6-12 in 2019-2020. Parents can purchase an insurance plan to help insulate them from the cost of loss or damage, and there is an on-site Chromebook repair and support program at the high school, manned by trained students and an instructor.

All district elementary schools began offering Project Lead the Way Launch STEM modules in 2017-2018. Each school was equipped with an iPad cart via a Challenge Grant from the Bartlesville Public School Foundation as well as supplemental funding from ConocoPhillips.

A second iPad cart will be provided at each elementary school in 2018-2019 as additional STEM modules are added via funding from the Bartlesville Public School Foundation, ConocoPhillips, and ABB. 

To ensure adequate support for a state-mandated shift to online testing, two carts with 30 Chromebooks each will be deployed to each elementary school before 2019. Unlike the secondary school Chromebooks, the elementary devices will be school-based and not checked out to individual students. 

In future years, additional Chromebook &/or iPad carts or dedicated room cubbies will be deployed in the elementary schools.

Technology advances quickly, so this timeline and plan structure is subject to change in order to maximize instructional effectiveness and efficiency.