KMLHS 1:1 BYOT FAQ
Q: Why are you only allowing Chromebooks as BYOT devices?
A: KML’s technology program is built around the use of Google Apps products and services. Chromebooks are the easiest way to access those services. Chromebooks also require much less maintenance than Mac or Windows computers and if something goes wrong, a Chromebook can be reset to its original state with no loss of data in only a few minutes, so troubleshooting and lost class time are kept to a minimum. Chromebook battery life is excellent and the price of Chromebooks makes them very affordable. They are also generally cheaper to fix or replace. Chromebooks also come with some tools that allow KML to better manage a 1:1 program.
Q: If a student comes to school without their device because it is lost, broken, at home under the bed, etc., how will KML accommodate them?
A: Devices will be available in the Student Services Office that can be loaned to students to use. A fee may be charged.
Q: If a student's device fails during class or it is not brought to class, how will the teacher accommodate them?
A: Devices will be available in the Student Services Office that can be loaned to students to use. Teachers will allow students to retrieve one of these devices.
Q: Where will students be able to charge their devices?
A: All students are expected to arrive at school with a fully charged device. Students may be able to charge their devices in many of the rooms that they use during the day.
Q: Where will students keep their devices?
A: Teachers will let students know when devices are needed for a class. When they are not needed, they should be locked in the students’ lockers. Be aware that some students “jam” their lockers so that they don’t automatically lock when closed. Students are strongly cautioned that they should not do this because of the potential for vandalism or theft.
Q: Will the school keep track of the student’s devices?
A: All students will be required to register their devices with the school. Brand, model, and serial number information may be collected for the purpose of security and as information to be used in guiding the 1:1 BYOT program forward.
Q: When the battery gets old and fails to hold a long enough charge, what can I do?
A: Devices will either have a battery that easily detaches from the device or they may have an internal battery. You can replace the batteries in almost any device, even those that are internal. A replacement battery from the device’s manufacturer may be the best option, but they are often very expensive. I usually purchase compatible batteries. They don't always last quite as long, but are much less expensive. The trick is to buy one that has a capacity similar to the original, not just one that is compatible.
Q: Which device brand is most reliable?
A: Reliability is not simply a matter of brand name. You are encouraged to read reviews of the models you are considering.
Q: Can I purchase a computer through KML?
A: Many people ask this question assuming that KML can get a better deal on devices than the general public. This is generally not true. Searching online, you can almost always get as good a deal as KML can. KML will provide a group-buying opportunity at the start of each school year.
Q: What else should students have in addition to their device?
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