Why does the Cumberland School Department believe that a 1:1 program is important?
The Cumberland School Department believes that education including the process of learning and being productive, should replicate real world applications. We feel it is our responsibility to prepare our students for the expectations currently taking place in a global society. Technology, by 21st century standards, is vital to achieving the expectations established by the Common Core State Standards. Access and use of technology is paramount to the success of our students as they further their education and ultimately enter the workforce.
Chromebooks represent a new technology device. The Chromebook needs little, if any maintenance. It is a completely web based device so there is no need for downloading or installing device updates. The way a Chromebook operates reduces the need for technical support. Student work on the Chromebook automatically is saved to the Google Drive, requiring less local district data storage.
How has the Cumberland School Department prepared for this initiative?
Teachers have received training on a variety of topics associated with Google Apps for Education. The Cumberland School Department has also strengthened its wireless infrastructure over the past several years in order to accommodate a 1:1 program. Instructional Technology Coaches have been hired in each middle school to support staff and students with this initiative.
Who owns these Chromebooks—the students or the school? What happens if my child breaks, loses, or has his/her Chromebook stolen?
Chromebooks that are issued as part of the 1:1 program are the property of the Cumberland School Department. However, each middle school student, high school student and teachers will be issued a Chromebook by the school district and will have access to that device 24/7. Students will have to adhere to the Cumberland School Department’s policies governing the use of technology and school property. This also includes potential damage. The device is under warranty for normal wear and tear. The district will cover certain accidental damage if it occurs at school on a case by case basis. However, mishandling of the Chromebook that results in purposeful damage may require families to repair or replace the device. Lost or stolen Chromebooks are not covered under insurance, therefore, it will be the responsibility of the family to replace the device if lost/stolen. Students are responsible for the Chromebook’s general care and content accessed through the device.
Who is responsible for updating the device (software and applications)?
The district will be responsible for purchasing apps and e-materials through the Google Apps dashboard applications. The Chromebook operating system, Chrome OS, updates itself automatically. Students do not need to manually update their Chromebooks. Chromebooks use the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection against viruses and malware, including data encryption and verified boot. By logging in with their school email account Chromebooks seamlessly integrate with the Google Apps for Education suite of productivity and collaboration tools. This suite includes Google Docs (word processing), Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, and Forms.
Will the Cumberland School Department supply my child with any Chromebook accessories, such as a protective case?
The school will provide a durable carrying case for all students along with a charger. The opportunity to purchase a snap on protective cover will be made available through the school department in our school stores.
In what ways will Chromebooks be used in the classroom?
The entire middle school faculty received a two-day intensive training focused on Google applications and extensions that will be used to enhance the learning experience. Plans are under development to provide ongoing training through our instructional technology coaches in order to support our teachers throughout the school year. District and building level leaders will be working closely with the faculty and staff of both middle schools to make sure we are using the Chromebooks to their fullest potential to enhance instruction.
What training and/or support will my child receive?
During the 1:1 Chromebook Distribution Nights, students will receive an overview on general use, email login information, and expectations regarding care of their device. Support in the use of the technology, for both students and staff, will be an evolving process throughout the school year as we move teaching and learning into the 21st century.
As a parent, what kinds of limits should I set on my child’s “screen time”? How does the Chromebook affect my rules at home?
We hope that our 1:1 Chromebook program will help students learn and maintain good digital habits that will last a lifetime. Any rules that you have about computer use or Internet access should apply equally to your child’s Chromebook use. However, please keep in mind that more class content will be digitized and accessed via the Chromebook. This may require students to extend their screen time to meet course requirements.
Will there be Internet filters on the Chromebooks? How will these works when my child has to do research for projects or assignments on the Internet at home?
The Chromebook initiative is a joint partnership between the school, students, and their parents/guardians. The devices will be subject to the same Acceptable Use Policy restrictions and discipline procedures applied to all other technology infractions. The school’s web restrictions will follow the device, even when the child is using it off school property.
What if we do not have an internet connection at home?
Many if the local businesses in the area offer Free Public Wifi to their patrons. Also, students can connect to the Internet at any of the school buildings in Cumberland. We have created a continuously updated map of these locations.
What if I still have questions?
If you still have questions…
Continue to visit the 1:1 Chromebook page on Cumberland School Department website for further information such as announcements, FAQs, tutorials, resources, etc.
Attend our 1:1 Chromebook Distribution nights to be held held in August.
Maintain communication with your child or children about what they are currently working on in their classes.
Building based Instructional Technology Coaches will also be available for further inquiries by families, faculty/staff, and students. They will be coming on board as of August 14th and will introduce themselves to families in a subsequent listserv email.