FAQs

Q:  Who do I contact for help?
A:  If you have questions or concerns about the implementation at your child's school, please contact the school administration. Our district team is also available to assist.
Shane Paige, District Technology Coordinator
Brian Unruh, Coordinator of Instructional Technology

Q: What does 1:1 mean?

A: In a 1:1 teaching and learning environment, each student is provided access to a personal, mobile computing device. Our district has chosen to use Chromebooks as the device for middle and high school students. When students are in class, the Chromebook is in their immediate proximity and is used regularly and with purpose. After school, the Chromebook can be taken home and is used to access content and assignments beyond the school day.

Q: When will my student get a computer?
A: This initiative is being implemented in a couple of phases. The first phase will begin in November of 2013 with Chromebooks being distributed to grades 3-6 at a 2:1 student to computer ratio. The high school students will also receive their Chromebooks at a 1:1 ratio at the beginning of January. The second phase will begin in August of 2014. Grades K-2 will receive a tablet at a 3:1 student to tablet ratio. In the fall, both Junior High buildings will receive Chromebooks at a 1:1 ratio.

Q: If my school is sending home devices, does my student have to bring the device home?
A: In the junior and high schools, students may take home the devices if the parent approves. If a parent does not want to participate in the take home plan, the student can leave the device at school each afternoon for charging. The school will provide a location for drop off and pick up of the device. 
Q: What happens if my student’s device is damaged or stolen?
A: In the case of theft, a police report must be completed and turned in to the school. In the case of an accidental or intentional incidents, the family will be responsible for the cost of repairing the device. The repair cost will be equal to the cost of the replacement parts needed for the device.

Q: What will happen if my student loses a power cord, charger, or case?
A: If a power cord, case or other accessories are damaged or lost the student is responsible for the full cost of replacement.

Q: Will my child’s school be phasing out textbooks or other materials?
A: The intent of the Digital Learning Initiative is to provide additional technology tools to be used for student learning. Some schools may have electronic materials replace print materials over time. We anticipate a decrease in printing costs when more online assessments are used.

Q: How much of my child’s day will be spent on the computer?
A: Technology will be used as a part of sound instructional design, so how much a student uses a computer will vary from day to day depending on what the class is working on. Students will use mobile learning devices as a tool off and on each day but will virtually never be sitting in front of a computing device all day long. Things like discussion, science experiments, hands-on activities, seminars and presentations will still be part of the school day.

Q: What about cyber-safety?
A: The district filters Internet content on its networks. Cedar Falls is committed to educating students and parents on how to be safe on the Internet. As students receive their computers we will cover cyber-safety. Parents also will be provided with tip sheets and opportunities to learn how they can support safety on their home network.
Q: Will there be IT support for the project?
A: Each school has identified Instructional Technology Leaders who will work with teachers and students to assist in integrating the technology into the on-going instructional program at the school and that best practices are used. Technicians will continue to work with schools to provide computer repairs and technical support. Professional development and programming for parents will also be supported once devices have been distributed.