Chromebooks (BPSCHROMEBOOK.COM)

BPSD Chromebook
The district has provided Chromebooks for student use at several sites. These low-cost mobile computing devices rely on the district's G Suite for Education and Canvas cloud services, giving students filtered internet access with document creation, collaboration, and submission.

Chromebooks for Freshmen

In August 2017 all freshmen at Bartlesville High School will receive a new Chromebook. These cloud-based computers are inexpensive but powerful ways to modernize instruction. 

Dell 3180 Chromebook
A parent or guardian must be present with each freshman student to check out the Chromebook. The first check-out will be after the Bruin Camp on Friday, August 4, with the remainder to be checked out on Thursday, August 10. On 8/10, Chromebooks will be distributed as part of schedule pick-up from 8:30-11 a.m. and from 12:30-3 p.m., with an evening Chromebook checkout from 5-7:30 p.m.

In August the district plans to provide parents the opportunity to purchase Chromebook insurance online with a credit card. There will also be credit card, check, and cash insurance sales on the August 4 and August 10 pick-up days. The $30 insurance plan fully covers the first incident a student might have with accidental damage to a Chromebook, and covers half the cost of a second incident.

A new Student Technology Support Team class at the high school will handle Chromebook repairs and usage issues as well as assist staff with various technology needs. 


Student Computing Initiative

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 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 will receive a Chromebook for use at school and home. The district is prepared to deal with the accidental damage that may occur. Parents will be able to purchase an insurance plan to help cover Chromebook repairs, and there will be an on-site Chromebook repair and support program at the high school, manned by trained students and an instructor. The Chromebooks program will expand to grades 9-12 in 2018-2019, and to grades 6-12 in 2019-2020. 

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

We expect to need a second iPad cart at each elementary school in 2018-2019 as additional STEM modules are added. In later years, additional iPad and/or Chromebook carts will be provided to expand use of devices in the elementary classrooms. Unlike the secondary school Chromebooks, the elementary devices will be school-based and not checked out to individual students.

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

Chromebook User Guides

Granger Meador, who is in charge of district technology and communications, has created a customized user guide for the Dell 3120 Chromebooks provided in 2016-2017:
A guide for the newer Dell 3180 Chromebooks being provided to freshmen in 2017-2018 will be forthcoming. While Chromebooks are devices which rely on a WiFi internet connection while at school, G Suite for Education files can be downloaded and then edited while offline by students who are traveling or don't have access to WiFi at home:
You can also get help with any Chromebook from Google itself:
3120 Chromebook User Guide

Chrome Apps & Extensions

Chrome web browsers on desktops, laptops, Chromebooks, and more can use Chrome Extensions, and Chromebooks can use Chrome Apps