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 2017-2018 1:1@Laconia program, all 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. 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 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 running Google Chrome OS and wish to use it at school have that option and do not need to lease a computing device from the district. Prior to use at school, the Chromebook must be presented to the Information Technology Department to enroll the device in the Google Management System.

The cost of the computing device provided by the district for the 2017-2018 school year will be $45.00, which includes the cost of Google Management but does not include insurance coverage. The cost will vary for those students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, similar to the reduction given for other program or registration fees.

Families are reminded that with the new Chromebook provided to freshmen, there is only a 1 year warranty on hardware and mechanical issues not caused by negligence, i.e. drop and/or spill damage. Insurance coverage after the warranty has expired and for negligent damage is not provided by the district. However, information regarding insurance options can be found on the district website under 1:1@Laconia.  Please keep in mind that the insurance portal for enrollment will be open from August 1, 2017 thru September 15, 2017.

If you would like extra protection for your student’s Chromebook, please consider purchasing a rugged Gumdrop Case for $50 which can be found at https://www.gumdropcases.com/.

More information is available on the website at http://sites.google.com/a/rbsd.k12.wi.us/web-computing/home or by contacting: Heidi Kopf, District Technology Support, at kopfhei@rbsd.k12.wi.us or 920-872-5322.

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