Parent/Guardian Chromebook FAQs
Why does Smith-Green Community School District believe that a 1:1 program is important?
The need for consistent access is a priority. Vital to achieving expectations established by the Indiana Legislature is for students to be literate by 21st Century standards. In addition to the traditional view of literacy our students must be information, media and visually literate. Constant access allows for these important contemporary literacies to flourish in classrooms.
Chromebooks represent a new space in technology. This space is between mobile options such as the iPad and the portable space anchored by laptops. The Chromebook needs little, if any maintenance. It is a web based device so there is no need for downloading or installing software and/or updates. The way a Chromebook operates reduces the need for technical support.
How did we get the funds for this initiative?
The district’s 1:1 initiative is being funded through the common school loan program.
Who owns these Chromebooks—the students or the school? What happens if my child breaks or loses his or her Chromebook?
Chromebooks that are issued as part of the 1:1 program are the property of the Smith-Green Community School District; each 9th - 12th grade student will be issued a Chromebook by the school district and will have access to that device 24/7. Stakeholders will have to adhere to both Smith-Green School District and the Jr-Sr High school’s policies governing the use of technology. This also includes potential damage. The District has not purchased insurance for all Chromebook devices. Students and Parents will have the option to purchase insurance for the device on their own or be responsible for the cost of any repair/replacement that might occur from damage or loss/theft. The District will be responsible for purchasing apps and e-materials. Through the Google Apps dashboard applications and system updates will be pushed out for students via their SGCS Google Accounts.
The Smith-Green Community School District believes that an Internet connected device will be a required resource for our students as they enroll in college and or enter the professional arena. With this belief in mind, the District believes that students should learn how to effectively manage a device. Students are responsible for the Chromebook’s general care and content accessed through the device.
Who is responsible for updating the device (software and applications)?
The Chromebook operating system, Chrome OS, updates itself automatically. Students do not need to manually update their Chromebooks. Chromebooks use the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection against viruses and malware, including data encryption and verified boot. Students are responsible for the web apps and extensions they install on their Chromebooks. Inappropriate material will result in disciplinary action.
Will SGCS supply my child with any Chromebook accessories, such as a protective case?
Students will purchase (one time) a carrying case from the school and the school will provide a charger.
In what ways will Chromebooks be used in the classroom?
It will be up to each member of the CJSHS faculty to determine how to incorporate Chromebooks into his or her curriculum. All teachers associated with the 9th - 12th grade will participate in an initial Chromebook orientation session and will receive ongoing training. Even though each instructor has discretion over the ways in which they will implement Chromebooks, there are a core set of outcomes connected to the Chromebook initiative posted on the school’s website.
What training and/or support will my child receive?
During the roll-out, students will receive training on appropriate use and technical capabilities, along with their Chromebook.
As a parent, what kinds of limits should I set on my child’s “screen time”? How does the Chromebook affect my rules at home?
We hope that our 1:1 Chromebook program will help students learn and maintain good digital habits that will last a lifetime. Any rules that you have about computer use or Internet access should apply equally to your child’s Chromebook use. However, please keep in mind that more class content will be digitized accessed via the Chromebook. This may require students to extend their screen time to meet course requirements.
Will there be Internet filters on the Chromebooks? How will these works when my child has to do research for projects or assignments on the Internet at home?
The Chromebook initiative is a joint partnership between the school, students, and their parents. The devices will be subject to the same Acceptable Use Policy restrictions and discipline procedures applied to all other technology infractions. The school’s wifi filters inappropriate content. The devices will be filtered to the best of our ability outside of the school building. We encourage parents to be diligent and be aware of where their students may be going on the internet.
What if I still have questions?
If you still have questions…
- Visit the Chromebook page on SGCS's website for further information such as announcements, FAQs, tutorials, etc.
- Attend one of our Chromebook meetings (Check the Daily Bulletin for dates and times).
- Maintain communication with your child or children about what they are currently working in their classes.