Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the purpose of providing each student with a Chromebook?
The Methacton School District is dedicated to identifying ways and implementing strategies to provide its students with the best educational opportunities to support them in their success. The Chromebook is one tool that supports our evolution toward the Digital Learning and Instruction Environment we are developing in Methacton schools. These devices afford our teachers many opportunities to enhance instructional strategies by allowing students to access educational resources beyond the walls of the classroom. Chromebooks increase collaboration and learning opportunities to be anytime/anywhere putting a world full of information at students’ fingertips. This tool will allow teachers to leverage mobile technologies to foster lifelong learners and continue to meet college and career readiness challenges.

What does 1:1 mean?
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:1 refers to a ratio of students to computers. It implies that each full-time Methacton School District student would be issued his or her own Chromebook for learning both at home and school.

What is a Chromebook?

Will the Chromebook replace textbooks?
As we progress through the curriculum review process, we anticipate more textbooks will be available electronically. 

What will happen if a student does not bring his or her Chromebook to school?
The expectation is that each day students will show up to school with the Chromebook charged. If a student forgets their Chromebook, they will still be responsible for the completion of their classwork, without the use of the device. 

How will students charge the Chromebook?
Students will be issued an AC power supply for charging their computers at home. Chromebooks can hold a charge significantly longer than a standard laptop computer, approximately 8-9 hours. Our expectation is that students arrive at school each morning with their Chromebook fully charged. A replacement fee will be charged to student for lost 
AC power supply. Parents are encouraged to set up a safe charging area in their home to facilitate nightly charging.

What if the device is lost, stolen, or damaged?
If a student Chromebook is damaged or non functional, the student should bring the device to their school's Chromebook Service Station located in the library for diagnosis. 

Students will be responsible for the replacement cost of lost or stolen devices. Chromebooks that are damaged are covered by an accidental damage protection (screen cracks, drops, liquid spills, etc.). Therefore, a student is permitted two damage claims and one battery replacement per year. Students who exceed the second damage claim will be financially responsible for damage or replacement costs. 

The district will assist in locating missing devices when possible. Students should contact their teacher or building administrator immediately upon determining their device is suspected as lost, stolen, or damaged. Devices that are reported as stolen will be handled by the appropriate law enforcement authorities following the police report filed by the parents.

Will students be able to access inappropriate information on the Internet with district issued Chromebooks?
Student Chromebooks will be configured to use the district web-filter, LightSpeed, both in the district and when connected to home or public WiFi. The Methacton School District adheres to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/childrens-internet-protection-act). Students who encounter anything inappropriate should report it to a teacher or building administrator. 

Will students be able to take the device home?
Students are expected to take their Chromebooks home every day and bring it to school fully charged.

Do I need to have Internet service at home for this device to work?
Many Chromebook applications, including documents, presentations, spreadsheets, etc. will work offline. (See video https://goo.gl/5dWDcY). However, an Internet connection at home will enable a student to leverage the full features of the Chromebook and other educational activities such as: Internet research, access files stored in the cloud, participate in online discussions, and to complete some assignments.

Are there any low-cost Internet plans for our home?
Lower Providence and Worcester Township residents take advantage of Comcast's Internet Essentials plan. 

Internet Essentials is a low-cost home Internet service that Comcast provides to families that participate in the National School Lunch Program. Qualifying families are eligible for:

$9.95 per month + applicable taxes with no term contract or credit checks
No activation or equipment fees 
In-home WiFi included
Access to an affordable desktop or laptop computer for just $149.99
Free in-person and online web classes

Go to https://internetessentials.com/ or call 1-888-972-5982 to find out more information. 

What is the roll out schedule for our Digital Learning and Instruction Environment?
2016-2017
Roll out Chromebooks to grades 10 & 11

2017-2018 
Roll out Chromebooks to grades 7 & 10
Therefore, grades 7, 10, 11, & 12 are 1:1 learning environments

2018-2019 (Program Stabilization Year)
Roll out Chromebooks to grades 7 & 10
Therefore,  grades 7 through 12 are 1:1 learning environments

Will faculty or staff be able to access or control the webcam on the devices? 
No. Faculty and staff will not have access to remote control the webcam in any way. 

If I withdraw my child from Methacton, what must I do?
If you withdraw from school, you must immediately return the Chromebook and charger to Methacton School District. If the computer and accessories are not returned, Methacton School District will contact the appropriate law enforcement authorities. 

Can I take my Chromebook to get repaired by a third-party service provider like BestBuy?
Do not take district owned Chromebooks to an outside computer service for any type of repairs or maintenance. All repairs must be handled by the Methacton School District Technology department.
Is there a case that you recommend? 
Cases or sleeves are not required but recommended. The iPearl case or a similar item. The iPearl case can be purchased here https://goo.gl/jlzEdM 
Students are NOT PERMITTED to adhere or markup the Chromebook. However, students may purchase and personalize their Chromebook case adhering to Chromebook Guidelines for Students and Parents/Guardians