Chromebooks are a computer designed to help users get things done faster and easier. They run Chrome OS, an operating system that has multiple layers of security, cloud storage, and the most popular Google products built-in.

“Chromebooks run millions of web-based applications, or 

web apps, that open right in the browser. You can access 

web apps by typing their URL into the address bar or by installing them instantly from the Chrome Web Store.” (“Google”)

Why Chromebooks?

  • 8 second start­up 
  • 8 hour battery life 
  • No viruses to worry about  
  • Google Apps for Education district
    • All Students and staff have Google accounts
    • 24/7 Access to Google mail, Docs, Calendars, and Sites.
The Chromebook is a cloud based device.   One obvious change with a cloud based device is that educators will need 
to use cloud based software.  This change can lead to real changes in the ways that schools use technology.   The 
most exciting part of those changes  is that most cloud 
based software is much more collaborative in nature.  Rather than using a computer as a fancy pen and paper or encyclopedia set, students will be able to work with peers 
and specialists. Collaboration is a major part of many of the tools schools will be using on a cloud based device.


For the 2018-2019 1:1@Laconia program, all students will be required to have a Chromebook as their personal computing device. There is no exception to this. A Chromebook is a small laptop computer about the size of a small textbook that runs Google Chrome OS and is primarily designed to run the Google Chrome browser and Android apps. A Chromebook can provide anytime, anywhere access to information and learning as long as there is Internet access available.

The cost of the lease for the 2018-2019 school year for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be $45.00, which includes the cost of the Chromebook and Google Management licensing fees. The yearly cost for the freshmen computing device provided by the district for the 2018-2019 school year will be $70.00, which includes the cost of the Chromebook, a protective case, and Google Management licensing fees. This price does not include insurance coverage. Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch may have lower yearly payments, similar to the reduction given for other program or registration fees.

Families are reminded that there is only a 1-year warranty on new Chromebooks issued in the 2018-2019 school year for hardware and mechanical issues not caused by negligence, i.e. drop and/or spill damage. Insurance coverage for negligence will be made available for purchase by all students. Please be advised that insurance is not provided by the district. Insurance options are available through Worth Ave. Group and can be applied for through this portal https://gpo.worthavegroup.com/gpo/rbsd/. Please keep in mind that the insurance portal for enrollment will be open from August 1, 2018 thru September 15, 2018.

Please also be advised that the insurance only covers the device it was intended for and does not cover loaners made available when a student’s device is out for repair. If there is any damage to the loaner, the student will be responsible for its repair.

If you would like extra protection for your student’s Chromebook, please consider purchasing some type of rugged protective case.

Any Questions?

Contact Heidi Kopf

District Technology Support Specialist



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