1. Why Chromebooks?
A Chromebook for each student will lead to an overall enhanced educational experience, better student organizational skills and learning and sharing beyond the walls of the conventional classroom.
2. What device is being used in the 1:1 program?
The district has purchased the Dell 11 Chromebook device. The Dell Chromebook 11 offers an 11.6" screen size, sub 1" height, and less than 3 lbs for maximum portability. It runs on an Intel Haswell Dual Core X86 processor and supports "all day" battery life, offering 7 hour-hour battery life with coverage throughout the day without a need to "plug-in."
3. How has Flemington-Raritan School District prepared for this initiative?
For the past five years the Flemington-Raritan School District has been upgrading the technology infrastructure, piloting various devices, and holding stakeholder meetings to help shape and create a vision for learning and technology. Furthermore, teachers have been leading learning opportunities geared towards integrating technology into everyday learning through our Flemington Learning Academy Days, summer professional development, after school technology clinics, iPad Pilot Initiative, Chromebook Pilot Initiative, EdTech Fest, and perhaps most significantly through the roll-out of job-embedded professional development with a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) for each school. The TIS works with teachers to help integrate technology into daily lessons and units and writes technology integration into all content area curriculum.
4. Will the Chromebooks ever leave the building?
Students in grades 6-8 will be able to take home their Chromebooks. Students in grades 6-8 will need to take and pass the Digital Driver's License to be able to take the Chromebook home. See the FRSD School District Provided Technology Device Form.
5. What if the student forgets his/her Chromebook?
There will be loaner carts at both RFIS and JP Case for students who come to school without their Chromebooks. However, students will only be able to receive loaners if needed as per their teachers. Students will still be responsible to complete any and all assignments based on teacher's direction. There will be consequences if students come to school without their Chromebooks. See the FRSD School District Provided Technology Device Form
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6. What if a student needs to charge his/her device at school?
Students are expected to bring their fully charged Chromebook to school every single day. The Dell 11 Chromebook supports "all day" battery life, offering 7 hour-hour battery life with coverage throughout the day without a need to "plug-in". If a student's Chromebook is not fully charged and runs out of power, students will also be able to charge their Chromebook at centralized charging carts. There will be consequences if students come to school with not fully charged Chromebooks three or more times. See the FRSD School District Provided Technology Device Form.
7. What about theft, accidental damage, and accidental loss?
All students are provided with lockers and combination locks to prevent theft. Students should not give their locker combinations out nor leave their devices unattended. Devices should not be left unattended or in lockers overnights and weekends. Any Chromebook stolen must be reported to school leaders. Any Chromebook that is damaged should be reported to their teacher or building TIS. See the FRSD School District Provided Technology Device Form. Parents who do not enroll in the optional Protection Plan will be financially responsible for all damage/loss of the device as per District Policy 7523.
8. Where do I get more information about the Protection Plan?
9. What will students get with their Chromebooks?
Students in grades 5-8 will get a Chromebook, charger and a protective case.
10. Will students be provided with cases for their Chromebooks?
Each student will receive a Chromebook case provided by the district in Grade 5 or the first year of their take-home 1:1. The cases are made by Bump Armor. Students will be required to keep their Chromebooks in their cases at all times. See the FRSD School District Provided Technology Device Form. Students in grades 5-7 will keep their cases over the summer. Students must bring their cases with them to Distribution Day or on the first day of school to receive their Chromebook.
11. What happens if my child’s Chromebook breaks?
The schools will have a small bank of "loaner" machines available to students in the event that this occurs. Students should report all technical questions/problems to their classroom teachers, who will then direct them, at an appropriate time, to the Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) in their building.
12. How do I learn how to use the Chromebook? What training and/or support will my child receive?
Students have been using Chromebooks in classrooms and taking state tests on them for the past few years. Furthermore, students have been using their Google Apps for Education accounts for several years which is the tool students will primarily use with their Chromebooks.
Students should report all technical questions/problems to their classroom teachers, who will then direct them, at an appropriate time, to the Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) in their building. RFIS and JP Case also have teacher and student led technology teams designed to support and assist teachers and students with technology issues.
13. How do I connect the Chromebook to a home network?
14. How do I print from the Chromebook?
Chromebooks will not be set up to print.
15. What if I do not have internet access at home?
Students are still able to do some of their schoolwork without an internet connection by enabling offline docs, but many assignments and resources do require the internet. If you are interested in obtaining affordable internet service at home, please check to see if you are eligible for Comcast's Internet Essentials program.
16. If my child is using a school-issued device does that mean that the district will be monitoring their use at home? Will unsafe or inappropriate websites be filtered on the devices?
When a student logs into his/her @frsd.us account on his/her Chromebooks or any other internet connecting device, he/she will be pointed to our proxy servers. This allows us to filter for inappropriate content even when he/she is at home while logged in with his/her school account.
17. What happens if students have been visiting inappropriate websites?
Inappropriate websites should be blocked. However, looking at sites that are not for educational purposes or may be deemed inappropriate will be dealt with in accordance with the District's AUP/Internet and Network Use Agreement Form.
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18. How will issues of unacceptable use be handled?
Infractions of the AUP/Internet and Network Use Agreement Form are considered a discipline violation and handled accordingly on a case by case basis. Most tech-related behavior violations are equivalent to “traditional” classroom violations:
Forgetting to bring your Chromebook to school is equivalent to forgetting your homework, textbook, or other school supplies.
Not citing sources on the internet is equivalent to plagiarism.
Cyber-bullying is equivalent to in person bullying or harassment.
Damaging or defacing your Chromebook or charger is equivalent to vandalism of District property.
The discipline policies at each school encompass the Flemington Raritan School District 1:1 guidelines, policies, and rules. Please reference the specific materials in your child's school or contact the school directly for more information.
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19. Will faculty or staff have access to the webcam on the Chromebook?
No. Faculty and staff will not have access to remote control of the device.
20. Are students allowed to install their own apps?
No. There will be limit to the amount of apps/extensions that students will be able to have on their Chromebooks. The Technology Department works with teachers and seeks their input in order to plan which apps/extensions should be on each Chromebook to help facilitate learning goals as well as meet curricular needs.
21. What should we do if the Chromebook has been stolen?
The family must report a stolen device to the police and then turn in the police report to the school. The device tracking will then be activated and the device rendered unusable. The family will be charged the replacement costs unless the parent has taken out the protection plan or the device is recovered.
22. Can the Chromebooks be used with another username?
Flemington-Raritan School District Chromebooks can only be used with @frsd.us accounts.
23. How can I access my child's account?
All Flemington-Raritan School District students have a Google Apps account that is accessed by using their FRSD username and password. We encourage all parents to know their child's account login information, so please obtain and record this information from your child. Please note that you do not need your child's Chromebook to access their Google Account. You can simply open a web browser on any device with internet access, go to Google login, and enter your child's account login information to access your child's email, calendars, and files.
24. How is one student’s Chromebook identified from another student?
All students Chromebooks, chargers, and protective cases are labeled with student identifiable information.
25. Who is responsible for updating the Chromebook (software and applications)?
All software and applications necessary for updating the Chromebook will be managed by the Technology Department.
26. What is the procedure to return the Chromebook if my student withdraws from school mid-year?
The student should bring the Chromebook, charger, and protective case to the school's building leaders and they will issue a returned receipt. Building leaders will return equipment to Technology Department.