Chromebook Parent LetterTO: JEMS Students, Parents, and Guardians
FROM: Mr. Shafer DATE: 9/3/19
RE: 2019-2020 Student, Parent, Guardian Information
We are excited to inform you of our school’s 1:1 Chromebook initiative for all grade 6th grade students. On Monday, September 16th we plan to distribute each sixth grade student a Chromebook device for use in their classes. This device will be distributed in the same manner that a student textbook is issued to a student.
A Chromebook is a laptop like device that harnesses the Google Apps for Education platform and is built around the web experience with offline capabilities. The purpose of this initiative is to use modern technology tools to fully engage students and create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
This device levels the technology playing field for all students providing the same access and the opportunity to:
- Research the depth and breadth of the internet;
- Draw conclusions from data analysis;
- Create new presentations of expressions for their creative works and ideas;
- Use digital tools for organization;
- Communicate and collaborate with teachers and peers both locally and globally; and much more!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did the district choose Chromebooks as the 1:1 device?
The challenge that schools have faced for many years with respect to technology is affordability, applicability to the educational environment, and keeping pace with advancements in technology. We have a very talented teaching staff that can leverage the device in a responsible and effective manner. Having devices with the same capabilities enables the teacher to plan effectively knowing all students are similarly equipped. Also, the Chromebooks are made to work seamlessly with Google Applications for Education. This makes the device very easy to use and compatible with the applications students are familiar with. The educational application, ease of use, and the cost effectiveness of the device make it the right choice right now and for the foreseeable future.
Does the device require a Wi-Fi connection?
The device does require a Wi-Fi/internet connection to achieve full functionality. However, the unit has functionality without internet access with Google Drive and Gmail applications using the “offline” functions. When using these tools offline, the work is saved but, as an example, email will not be sent until the device is connected again to a Wi-Fi connection. Your child will be instructed on these capabilities.
What kinds of safety precautions has the district taken to protect the studentswhen using an internet capable device?
Using a Google Chromebook allows the district to set security parameters on the devices. As an example, the device will be set with safe search features to filter out unwanted content. In addition, students are only allowed to send and receive email from within the district’s Google email domain. These measures help the district protect your children from unwanted digital communications and internet searches.