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”)
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.
In the next school year we will be beginning the seventh year of the 1:1@Laconia program which provides a leased computing device to all students at Laconia High School. As we begin the seventh year of the program, changes in computing device requirements have been made for the 2016-2017 school year.
The 1:1@Laconia program was implemented to provide all students with a personal computing device. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior students will be required to have a Chromebook as their personal computing device whether it is a district provided device or a student’s own device. A Chromebook is a small laptop computer about the size of a small textbook and is primarily designed for web computing. A Chromebook can provide anytime, anywhere access to information and learning as long as there is Internet access available.
Students who already own a Chromebook and wish to use it at school have that option and do not need to lease a computing device from the district. The device must be a Chromebook and must be presented to the Information Technology Committee to enroll the device in the Google Management system. Once the Chromebook has been approved and enrolled, it may be used by the student.
For the 2016-2017 school year, the computing device provided by the district will be a Chromebook. All devices leased for the 2016-2017 school year will cost families $45 per device. This cost includes Google Management. For those students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, the cost of the computing device will vary similar to the reduction given for other program or registration fees.
Families are reminded that with the computing device provided by the district there is a 1 year warranty only on hardware issues not caused by drop and/or spill damage. The school DOES NOT provide insurance for any drop and/or spill damage. However, forms for insurance options can be found on the district website under 1:1@Laconia.
More information is available on the website at http://sites.google.com/a/rbsd.k12.wi.us/web-computing/home
or by contacting: John Saecker, District Technology Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-872-5323