Andover USD 385 High School Chromebook Initiative 

High School Chromebook Initiative 

The focus of the Andover Public School District is to provide our students with current tools and resources to help them be active and effective learners and thinkers. Excellence in education requires that technology be seamlessly integrated throughout our educational programs. Increasing student access to technology is essential in order to make this possible. One of the current learning tools that we are using is the Chromebook. 

Our Goals:

Research indicates that students who use devices in a one-to-one (1:1) education environment are more organized and engaged learners, attend school more regularly, advance their knowledge and understanding of technology, and take an increased ownership in their personal learning. Chromebooks have the ability to make learning more engaging, accessible, and personal.

Student learning results from continuous interaction with educators, students, parent/guardians, and the extended community. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher but transforms the teacher from the director of learning to a facilitator of learning.

Effective teaching and learning with Chromebooks integrates technology into the curriculum anytime, anyplace. Leading-edge technologies, like the Chromebook, will play a vital role in helping to equip Andover students with the skills they will need to be future ready.  With effective integration, appropriate content - this will help transform learning through collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. 

General Care and Safeguards 

Technical Issue/Breakage 

Using Technology At Home

Here are some great resources to view and share with your child.

https://smartsocial.com/what-is-digital-citizenship/ 

Filtering 

In compliance with the Federal Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and board policy, the district filters all Internet connections using a cloud-based filter called, Relay. The purpose of the filter is to help assure that students do not get access to inappropriate materials online. The district filters at the district level which means that filtering settings apply to all grade levels and to students, staff, and visitors.

Access to the Internet using school-issued Chromebooks is also filtered through this same cloud-based filter service regardless of where the access occurs - at school, at home, or on any other network. Parents can sign up for weekly filter reports by visiting their school's website and clicking on the Parent Relay Sign-Up under QuickLinks.

Please be aware that no filter is 100% effective and adult supervision is still the most effective means of keeping our children safe while on technology.

Parents who wish to have greater restrictions placed on their children’s access have some options:

Real-Time Monitoring 

In 2020, the district implemented a tool for real-time monitoring called Gaggle.  Gaggle is an industry-leading, machine-learning technology that pairs with trained professionals to constantly evaluate student content (in grades 9-12) for potentially harmful content, emails, messages, documents, images, and more. If potentially objectionable content or a potentially harmful situation is discovered, Gaggle alerts school officials and assists them in the discovery process. Gaggle will be used in conjunction with your child’s school Google account.

Training Videos

Documents

Additional Resources

Discounted  or Free Home Internet Access

Local Internet 

FAQs

Do parents and students need to sign the agreement before picking up the Chromebook?

Yes, once the agreement is signed online through PowerSchool, the student can check their Chromebook out from the library.

Can a student bring their own computer to school?

Not at this time. The district cannot allow any staff or student personal computers on the network due to safety and security. 

Is the content on the Chromebook filtered?

Yes, all student Chromebooks content is filtered while in the district, or off campus. 

Why would my child need a Chromebook?

Many of our district resource and courses have online components and if a student doesn’t have the access in class, it would be a real disadvantage for your child. It is a tool just like their textbooks that students will be expected to have in class.  Many teachers use GSuite and Google Classroom, it would be very difficult for them to complete their assigned coursework without the Chromebook. 

What happens is a student breaks their Chromebook?

The district covers the student Chromebook originally checked out to the student against all accidental damage for one (1) incident during the students 4 years of high school. A Chromebook for temporary use will be assigned to the individual student until the student’s Chromebook is repaired and available for pickup. 

What if my student is transferring to another school or program within the district? 

The Chromebook and power supply will need to be returned to the building they are transferring from. 

Can I as the parent or guardian get a report of my child's Internet usage?

Yes, please contact the building administrator and they can set you up to receive a weekly email report of your child's usage.

Is it true that my child will get to keep their Chromebook upon graduation? 

Yes, all students who graduate from Andover Public Schools 1:1 Chromebook Initiative will get to keep their Chromebook upon graduation.

Do our visiting foreign exchange students get to keep their Chromebooks?

No, since they are here for less than a year, they will not be eligible to keep a Chromebook.