One to One Initiative
With one to one access to devices, New Hope-Solebury Middle and High Schools aim to provide a relevant and engaging education for the 21st century learner.
About Our Program
We are pleased to announce the continuation of our One to One computing initiative at the High School and Middle School.
We believe that technology, as a tool, has the ability to drastically change teaching and learning, and when combined with devices that are available 24/7, our students will be empowered for their future. The use of these devices is coupled with a fundamental change in the culture of teaching. We have crafted a clear vision of connecting all students to the world’s learning resources.
With access to personal technology, students can learn at their own pace, ability level, and take advantage of worldwide resources available online. These devices are essential for the district to continue to transform from traditional norms and practices to those where students take control of their learning in a digital environment.
High School: Dell Latitude 3189: click for information
Middle School: HP 11 G5 EE: click for information
Student Expectations for Use of 1:1 Devices
● Take care not to misuse or damage your 1:1 device. Students are expected to take proper care of their One to One device. Any damage to the device, either accidental or intentional, will be the responsibility of the student.
Parents may opt to purchase an accidental insurance plan at the cost of $40 for the 2017-2018 school year. This accidental insurance plan will cover two accidental damage incidents for the 2017-2018 school year. Intentional damage will not be covered. After the 2nd accidental damage incident in the 2017-2018 school year, students will be charged normal breakage fees. (See below for more information)
● If damage occurs, report it immediately to a staff member. You can bring your device to the library. If needed we will exchange it for a loaner unit.
● Keep you device secure while at school and home. Do not allow others to use your log in. You are responsible for actions taken while users are logged in as you.
● Fully charge your device at home for the next school day. If your charge runs low, each classroom has one station available for charging. Your device may also be dropped off at the library for charging during lunch or classes when not needed.
● All members of the NH-S community are responsible to follow the acceptable use guidelines established by our district.
New this Year! Optional 1:1 Insurance
How can I purchase optional insurance for my device?
Board Policy 224(click to read) discusses the expectations of each student for the care of district property. Students are expected to take proper care of their One to One device. Any damage to the device, either accidental or intentional, will be the responsibility of the student.
- Students will be charged a fee of $75 for any breakage of the screen, casing, or keyboard.
- For any other damage, the fee will be the actual repair cost of the device provided by the manufacturer.
- For any lost or stolen devices, a student will be charged a replacement fee at the fair market value of the device.
- Replacement power cords are $30.
- Any intentional damage to the device, such as carving in the case, the fee will be the actual repair, or replacement cost, of the device provided by the manufacturer.
- All manufacturer defects will be covered by the manufacturer warranty.
Parents may opt to purchase an accidental insurance plan at the cost of $40 for the 2017-2018 school year. This accidental insurance plan will cover two accidental damage incidents for the 2017-2018 school year. Intentional damage will not be covered. After the 2nd accidental damage incident in the 2017-2018 school year, students will be charged normal breakage fees.
Payment for the accidental damage insurance plan can be made in two ways
- A check can be written out to the New Hope-Solebury School District in the amount of $40. Checks should include the student name and grade and be delivered to the school library.
- Online with Paypal, a $2 convenience fee will apply.
Any student who has a financial hardship can contact their guidance counselor to discuss their insurance options.
The last day to purchase the accidental insurance plan is Friday September 15, 2017. After this date, it will be assumed that you are not purchasing the insurance. Any damage prior to purchase is the responsibility of the student.
Should you have a question concerning the One to One Optional Insurance fee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the One to One Device program in the New Hope-Solebury School District?
The New Hope-Solebury School District believes that 21st Century instruction is necessary for 21st Century learning. Providing students with an environment that fosters and encourages this belief is part of our core values. All members of our learning community hold the responsibility to value technology and achieve technological proficiency to prepare our students for future jobs, which currently may not exist. Schools must challenge students with rigorous, personalized academic experiences, foster innovation and creativity, and embrace emerging technologies. In a 21st Century learning environment, students actively engage in a cohesively integrated curriculum, access information and apply it in solving authentic problems.
Our students are living in a world where they have immediate access to information anytime and anywhere. With digital learning, every student can access high quality and rigorous instruction in every subject, thereby, maximizing their opportunity for success in school and beyond. A decade ago this was just a dream. Today, it is a reality.
What School Board Policies should I be aware of?
School Board policy 815 governs the acceptable use of electronic communication devices in the district. School Board policy 237 governs the use of electronic devices. Links to these policies are provided below. Please take a moment to review them.
- Policy 815 Electronic Communication, Equipment and Systems
- Policy 815 Electronic Communication, Equipment and Systems Administrative Regulations
- Policy 237 Use of Electronic Devices
Will students be able to take their devices home with them?
Yes, for students in grades 6 through 12. Because the laptops represent a deliberate effort to expand learning beyond the boundaries and schedule of school, it is vital that they be available at home.
What happens if my child forgets his or her device?
The device will play an integral role in classroom instruction, so it is extremely important that students bring their device fully charged to class every day. The device will become part of a student's necessary classroom supplies similar to a pencil book, and paper. Being prepared for class each day is an expectation of all students.
If a student forgets his or her device, he or she should go to the library and sign out a loaner device for the day. At the end of the day, the loaner must be returned to the library.
We highly recommend designating a location in your home for the device to charge at night and to easily be placed in the student's backpack in the morning. Establishing this routine from Day 1 is critical.
What happens if my child's device gets broken or lost?
If your child's device gets broken or lost, please have your child report it to the library immediately. NHSD will handle all repair/replacement issues. Please do not take your device to a third party vendor to have it repaired. Instead, please bring it to school where we will fix it for you.
Will students be able to charge their device at school?
Students should come to school prepared with their device fully charged. It is critical that students establish a nightly routine of charging their device. If for some reason your device is not charged, there will be one charging station in each classroom. In addition, you can check your device in at the library and pick up a fully charged loaner for the day. This should not be a common practice.
How will students get device training if needed?
All middle school students will go through an Onboarding Session the first week of school. Students will receive ongoing training as teachers implement new tools into the classroom.
Can students use their own laptops or tablets instead of the school issued 1:1 device?
Thanks to the 1:1 initiative all students will have equal access to technology. As a result, students should leave all personal devices at home. While in school, students should use the district provided device.
Can students use Google accounts they have already created? Can students personalize their device?
Students should complete all school work using their district issued Google Edu account. Students may customize their Chromebook settings, extensions, Add Ons, and apps.
How can teachers monitor students' online behavior and keep them on task?
While in class, students are expected to complete the classwork as defined by the teacher. By signing the Acceptable Use Policy, students are acknowledging the expectations that are acceptable and unacceptable. During the first weeks of school and throughout the school year, teachers will review their classroom expectations for on task behavior.
What if we do not have Internet access at home?
G Suite Google Drive allows the user to work in offline mode so students can complete classwork at home, even without internet access. Files are saved locally to the device, then automatically updated the next time a wireless connection is detected. So a student can start a project at school and finish it at home, even without an Internet connection. When the student returns to school the next day, anything he or she worked on at home will be automatically updated to their Google Drive.Offline mode must be enabled before students can use it. Please see the instructions to the right on how to enable offline mode. In offline mode, student can edit their documents and presentations.
Free Internet options
There are numerous businesses and libraries that offer free wireless Internet, in addition to numerous locations throughout the county.
Affordable Internet Options
If you are interested in purchasing wireless access to the Internet, there are many options. If your children qualify for free and reduced-price school lunches, you may be eligible to receive Internet home service from Comcast Internet Essentials.