1:1 Chromebooks at WO for 2016-17 School Year
Thanks to the generous support of the community and the West Ottawa School Board, the upcoming school year will bring with it a momentous change. Our students in grades 9-12 will receive their own Chromebook in August during registration time, and students in grades 6-8 will receive a device during the week of November 14, 2016**NEW UPDATE** (dates, times and locations listed below). Our teachers have been preparing for our 1:1 computing environment for the past few years. Most notably, all secondary teachers received their own Chromebook, as well as several sessions of on-going professional development, to prepare for students to have their Chromebooks.
Since 2013, teachers, administrators, and technology department staff have been collaborating to plan for this endeavor. Our top priority has been about how to ensure that student learning is positively impacted by increased access to technology. After several devices and programs were piloted, the device of choice for secondary students will be the Google Chromebook. At West Ottawa Public Schools, it is our belief that technology will help to provide learners with a scalable and sustainable 21st Century learning environment that will have a positive impact on student achievement and literacy for all, while preparing students to be college, career and life ready. In accordance with this District vision, our instructional and support staff operate under the following Core Belief Statements:
When implemented with efficacy:
- Student engagement and learning increase with the use of technology.
- Technology supports differentiated instruction.
- Technology supports the differentiation of learning.
- Active participation and contributions to the learning process increase with the use of technology.
- Project and inquiry based learning experiences are enhanced with the use of technology.
- Technology supports broader collaboration opportunities both locally and globally.
- 21st Century communication requires fluency in the use of technology.
- Teachers will be provided with professional development so that they can create and implement instructional and learning opportunities that apply best practices in teaching with the integration of technology.
WOMS STUDENTS & PARENTS – Follow these steps to receive your Chromebook:
- Open and read the Student Mobile Device Handbook.
- Watch the intro to Chromebooks at WO Video (included below)
- Complete the 1:1 Chromebook Agreement Form(WOMS) – Parents AND students must digitally “sign” the same form. One per student!
- Pay for insurance in cash or check on the day of device distribution OR during Fall parent/teacher conferences.**Detailed insurance information in next section below**
- Make sure your student brings their student ID with them on device distribution day. They will need it in order to be issued a device!
In order to avoid lengthy wait-times and long lines, it is recommended to plan on picking up your device at your school on the night designated to your last name outlined below:
November 16th 5:30-8:30 PM
Students with last name beginning A-L
November 15th 4:00-7:00 PM
Students with last name beginning M-Z
Chromebook Insurance Information
West Ottawa Public Schools requires that parents purchase insurance** to cover accidental damage and theft of student devices (both issued and any loaner device, should they be needed). This policy does not cover for loss of the Chromebook, cosmetic damage, or damages caused by intentional misuse or abuse. West Ottawa Public Schools will assess and Chromebook damage incurred and repair or replace the device if the damage is determined to be accidental and within the protection guidelines.
**The alternative option is to pay a REFUNDABLE $200 deposit, which will be returned to the parent at the end of the student’s time enrolled in West Ottawa Public Schools (either transfer or graduation) if the Chromebook is returned in good working condition having zero damage claims all year. Any damage to the Chromebook as determined on return of device will result in loss of deposit.
- June 2016 Parent Letter – High School
- October 2016 Parent Letter – Mac Bay & Harbor Lights
- Required Chromebook Intro & Policy Video
- Student Mobile Device Handbook 2016-17
- West Ottawa Student Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Q: How did the district afford to purchase Chromebooks for students?
A: The funds used to purchase Chromebooks comes directly from the bond issue that was passed by the community in the spring of 2014. General/operational funds were not used for these devices.
Q: What happens if my Chromebook gets damaged, lost, or stolen?
A: For minor issues/breaks, high school students should bring their device to the Tech Support Internship classroom to have the damage assessed. Students and/or parents should immediately notify administration if the Chromebook is irreparably damaged, lost, or stolen. The filing of a police report by the parent/guardian will be required to complete the insurance claim for theft. Additionally, West Ottawa Administration may also investigate incidents of theft.
In the event that a Chromebook is intentionally damaged, the student/parent will be charged up to $425 for the repair or full replacement of the Chromebook.
Q: What happens if a charging cord is broken, damaged, or malfunctions?
A: The charger/cord will be replaced at no charge to the student/parent in warranty situations. The replacement of damaged or lost charger/cords will be the responsibility of the student/parent. Full replacement cost for charger & cord is $45.
Q: Is the Chromebook model that West Ottawa chose durable enough to stand up to typical student use?
A: Yes. The Lenovo Chromebook 11e is what is considered a “rugged device”, specifically designed for the heavy use that schools and students demand. However, students will still have to care for the device.
Q: Are parents required to sign a contract?
A: Yes, parents and students must digitally complete and “sign” the 1:1 Chromebook Agreement Form (also linked above), as well as choose an insurance option.
Q: Will the Chromebook contain all of the textbooks that my student needs?
A: Some of our textbook agreements include digital access, but the district is not fully able to completely replace traditional textbooks with digital textbooks.
Q: Will the Chromebook be filtered when connected to the internet?
A: Yes. West Ottawa Public Schools will ensure that the network is filtered when at school, and a mobile filter solution will be installed that will filter your student’s device no matter where they are, or what WiFi they are connected to.
Q: Will the Chromebooks be password protected?
A: All student devices require an @westottawa.net email to log in. Students will have to know their student email and password to be able to access information stored on their device and Google Drive.
Q: Who will repair inoperable Chromebooks?
A: WOHS Tech Support Internship(HS) and WO Tech Staff will ensure that students have an operable Chromebook. Parents should never take the device to another repair facility or attempt to repair it themselves.
Q: Will students be able to take the Chromebook home?
A: Yes. Students in grades 9-12 will receive their Chromebooks first and be able to take the device home during the school year to use for school-related work.
Q: Will students be able to keep their Chromebook over the summer?
A: No, students will be required to turn their device back in at the end of the school year. Students that sign up for summer school may be able to re-check out their device for school work in a process to be determined at that time.
Q: How should I keep my Chromebook clean?
A: The Chromebook can be cleaned with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Please DO NOT use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia or abrasives to clean the Chromebook. Use of unapproved cleaners may damage the Chromebook.
Q: Will students be able to download apps and extensions from the Chrome Web Store?
A: Only specific, pre-approved apps will be able to be added to student accounts/devices in the Chrome Web Store.
Q: Will I be able to connect the student Chromebook to my home WiFi?
A: Yes, there is not a restriction on what WiFi networks a student Chromebook may connect to.
Q: What if we have internet access at home, but not wireless internet?
A: The Chromebook only has WiFi capability, there is no separate Ethernet port you can use. You could purchase a USB to Ethernet adapter to connect your student Chromebook to the internet via a wired connection. You would have to ensure the specific accessory is compatible with the Lenovo 11e Chromebook. The WO tech department will not troubleshoot accessories to connect to home networks.
Q: Can I use my personally-owned device instead of the district provided Chromebook?
A: Only the district-issued Chromebook will be able to be used at school and connect to the network automatically. Additionally, lessons and digital tools will be tailored to work best with the provided Chromebooks.