Supporting a "cloud-based" learning environment.



Welcome! 


Thanks for your interest in Placer Union's plan to place a chromebook in the hands---and backpack---of every diploma-bound student. We hope this webpage addresses your questions. If you don't find an answer, feel free to submit your query to our support email: chromebook@puhsd.us.




Participants 

All diploma-bound students are included. We believe our 1:Web effort makes sense at this time in education: 
  • Academic expectations around writing, reading and effective research ramp up in high school; 
  • Students need to learn the productivity tools of a modern-day workplace to be college and career ready. 
  • Assessments are delivered online, be they classroom-based or state tests. 
1:Web refers to a learning environment where students have "anytime-anywhere" access to web-based resources as well as the digital tools that allow students to create, curate and collaborate. 



Bring Your Own Device?

Due to our limited campus guest Wifi, instructional design around consistency of device, secure browser requirements, and district network protocols, we do not support personal laptops on campus in lieu of an issued district chromebook. Here is our Student Use of Technology Notification explaining our use of chromebooks and G Suite for Education.



Your Chrome Account...

Visit the Student Resources webpage for all the necessary info on student accounts. 



Forgotten Password?

If you're locked out, fill out this online form. You'll hear back from us within a day, if not sooner. If you have specific questions, contact Ms. Zito at 530.886.4440. 



What did I approve?

Every student enrolled in a PUHSD school is presented our Student Use of Technology Notification via the annual notification process, which requires student acknowledgment and digital approval via each parent's Portal account.



Build your Portfolium...

All students are issued a Portfolium account in Tech Essentials. Now it'll be easy to post one's best work from each course---from sophomore year on through to graduation. 

Even a project you've built in shop or crafted in art can be photographed and posted. Animations, research papers, timelines, digital maps---they all can be posted digitally. 



Questions? 

We want to address any concerns or questions you have. We're also open to your ideas and input. Email Chromebook Support: chromebook@puhsd.us.

Parent Digest 


Parents interested in receiving a weekly digest of their child's browsing history can sign up for 
Securly™
. Click the link below. 


Chromebook?

We believe access to a digital tool---like the cloud-based chromebook---can enhance learning, improve engagement, and advance students' important technical and organizational skills. The timing of this initiative runs parallel to our teachers developing lessons that will demand more student writing, in-depth reading, and relevant research. The Chromebook provides students with a powerful tool to accomplish what's expected of them as they advance their learning.

HP G6 Chromebook
(image courtesy of HP.com)

While there is no substitute for the powerful educational relationship fostered between teacher and student, providing equitable and guided access to this type of tech tool has the potential to enhance learning and assist students as they journey toward college and career. 

*Students are to have their Chromebook charged and ready to use every day. 

*Students will continue to use their Chromebook until graduation.



Privacy of Student Data

Visit our webpage dedicated to privacy of data, and please read our letter to families regarding the security of student information. This is an effort to provide you assurances, state our commitments, as well as be responsive to society's fast-changing technology landscape. Also addressed are the latest California statutes on student data protections. Privacy Letter to Families

Here's a short video on your privacy choices on the Chromebook (or in the Chrome browser). Check it out.



A Parent Question

A question came in from a parent about privacy of student data. Here was our response that we thought was worth sharing: 
"On the Chromebook, users can only log in to a PUHSD G Suite account (@puhsd.us) that's very different from a Gmail (@gmail.com) account. Our web history is turned off for all users, "safe search" policies are enforced while browsing, and students will never see advertisements on our G Suite services (Drive, Sites, Mail). Overall, we believe it's a more safe and secure user experience than a free Gmail account."
Do you have more questions? Email chromebook@puhsd.us.




Filtered Access...

While your child will be accessing their Google Apps---Mail, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Sites---while engaging in their school work, they will also have access to the web for research and relevant content. 

Our campuses have content-filtered WiFi access so students with Chromebooks can safely access the internet. Student browsing off campus is also filtered, so browsing protection is in place regardless of where they fire up their device.



Internet Safety...

There is a plethora of information online about the power of media and Internet safety. One of our favorites is Common Sense Media. This link takes you directly to resources geared for older teens, ages 15 - 17. 

While our high school children are fast approaching young adulthood and may seem to have tech-savviness beyond their years, there are still plenty of teachable moments before they leave the home and venture on their own.



No WiFi @ Home?

Don't worry. Chromebooks function quite well "offline" without access to the internet. We will help students set up offline access at your school's fall Chrome Event. 



Resources for Students         




Resources for Parents           



Protection Plan

The school district offers a Chromebook Protection Plan (CPP) to all students, new and returning. It speeds up repairs and minimizes out-of-pocket costs in the event of an accident causing laptop damage. 


The cost is $30 annually and the deadline to enroll is August 31. To purchase, visit your webstore---see links below. For those who previously purchased a policy through Worth Ave., here are their forms. 



Web Stores
Purchase the CPP in your web store:



FAQs

We are continually updating our FAQ page. If you don't find an answer, email us at chromebook@puhsd.us.



Graduates

All Class of '18 accounts will remain open until August 1, 2018. For the graduating classes of 2015 to 2017, accounts have been closed but not deleted. If you need to your account reopened, email tzito@puhsd.us. Transfer your student account to a new Gmail account using Google Transfer.



Depreciated Values 

We've determined the value of the Acer, CTL and HP Chromebooks so that parents know what their financial responsibility would be in the unfortunate event of a total loss without having enrolled in the Chromebook Protection Plan.
  • 1st year issued (1-12 months) HP: $300
  • 2nd year (13-24 months) CTL: $150
  • 3rd year (25-36 months) CTL: $75
  • 4th year (37-48 months) Acer: $40
If you have questions, call Mick Shatswell at 530.886.4440.



Chrome Docs

Please preview the following docs that will be shared by your school staff. Each answers questions about responsibility, care, and use of the student Chromebook. If you need clarification or have input on these docs, please email: chromebook@puhsd.us.





Any Warranty?

If there is a product failure, let us evaluate it immediately to determine if it should be returned to the manufacturer. Unless it's clearly been damaged due to an incident, it's worth checking. Bring it to the library and plan on leaving it for a day. Review the Chromebook Protection Plan for details.



BiblioTech... 

Placer Union is thrilled to have a partnership with Placer County libraries. Staff from your local branch library---Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Loomis---participate in their local high school's Chrome event. Plus, they forgive all prior debts on any existing family library accounts. Pretty generous folks, they are!

In addition to providing a place for wifi access, their commitment is to offer our students unlimited access to their entire collection of e-books, e-magazines and research databases. Each student receiving a Chromebook will be issued a Placer County library card and ID#. 

Thank you, Placer County libraries! You are truly part of the public good in our community.



Where's my Textbook? 

We have a growing number of textbooks available online. What we are anticipating is the gradual emergence of open source textbooks that our teachers will review in the coming years.