Table of Contents (click below to be taken to each section)

General- Device, logistics, general policies

Teaching and Learning- classroom, curriculum, and instruction

Infrastructure- wifi, access, and preparation

Break/Fix/Loss/Recovery- “What ifs”

Support- Preparation and training

Transitions- What happens when X milestone is reached?

Financial- Money matters, payments, etc.

Equity- Clarifying details of our phased rollout model

Security- Protecting the device

Summer


General

-What is a Chromebook? Why was the Chromebook chosen as the mobile device?

A Chromebook is a notebook-style computing device that runs web-based programs and stores files in the cloud, instead of using locally installed programs and local storage.

The Chromebook was chosen because it has a variety of features that support student learning:

-Being cloud-based, students will rarely-if ever- lose their work on the device. If a device happens to shut down or run out of power, the student can sign-in to a different device and pick up exactly where he or she left off.

-It is a durable device, built to handle the stresses of use in an education environment.

-It can be repaired in-house quickly. Incidents of damage to the device will not interrupt a student’s access to learning materials since the student can sign-in to a loaner device and pick up where he or she left off.

-It has a growing list of apps that can be used offline, including Google Docs. 

-It takes full advantage of Google Apps productivity suite, which offers free, unlimited storage for student files.

-It gives students the ability to communicate, collaborate, access materials, and create products on a scale not previously possible.

-It features a full-sized keyboard and screen.

-It has a camera and microphone built in.

-It has external ports to accommodate external mice, monitors, and storage devices

-It has an 8+ hour battery life that will last an entire school day on a single charge

-All data on the device is secured by Google, using the same security protocols they use for their company data

-It requires only 8 seconds to turn on. Any issues that require a reset of the device are resolved in under 15 seconds by shutting the device down and turning it back on. No data is lost in the restart process.

-It is compact and portable.

-Where can I find more information about using the Chromebook offline?

Visit this site to learn more about the Chromebook’s offline capabilities.

-Will cases be provided for the Chromebook?

Yes. Cases will be provided. Students should use the case to protect the device whenever it is being transported or is not in use.

-Will parental controls be available on the device?

No. However, content filtering will be provided as required by federal regulations. Student devices will have the same level of content filtering at home as they do at school. We encourage parents to have honest and open conversations with their students regarding their use of the Chromebook and the Internet and to establish reasonable boundaries on the time, manner, and places the device is used at home.

-What are some of the attributes of the selected Google Chromebook in comparison to other options?        

This specific model of Chromebook offers a balance between functionality, power, size and durability for the price compared to other models.

-Will the battery last the full four years?

Yes. The Chromebook battery is designed to maintain the same charging standard over the course of 4 years of daily charging.

-Can my student log-in with a non-LP Google Account on the Chromebooks?        

A student may only use his or her Lake Park Google Account on a Lake Park Chromebook. However, a student may sign-in any Chrome device using his or her LP account.

-How does the school plan to teach appropriate use of technology? How do I know my student will not be playing games all day and ignoring lessons?

Our pilot indicates that having students use technology requires teachers to be more aware of their students’ browsing. To support teachers in that effort, we have purchased GoGuardian, a classroom management software similar to what is in our computer labs, that enables teachers to “see” and redirect the on-screen activities of students in their classes. Ongoing professional development is being offered to support our teachers in learning to leverage the devices in the classroom. Our Lancer Way Committee continues to make efforts to create a positive, productive culture around the use of technology and digital citizenship.

-Does the school manage the Chromebooks in any way?

Yes, for the duration of their time at Lake Park, student Chromebooks are required to be enrolled in a domain-level management console.

-Does the use of Chromebooks raise issues of academic dishonesty?

Academic dishonesty is always possible, whether the technology being used is digital or not. Through our pilot we found that instances of academic dishonesty were not any more of an issue with Chromebooks than without them. Cheating is a people issue. Our Lancer Way committee continues to promote a positive culture of academic integrity.

-How will Chromebooks affect the students’ ability to interact with one another?

With the Chromebooks, all students will be able to communicate and collaborate to an extent not previously possible. In addition to interacting face-to-face, students will also be able to collaborate and interact simultaneously from remote locations, creating exciting possibilities for learning.        

-Are students going to be taking these devices home?

Yes. Students may take the devices home.

-Are businesses or colleges using the Chromebook?

Yes. Millions of businesses and top universities are using Google Apps and embracing the Chromebook as a powerful, secure, productivity device. We believe that a general shift toward web-based tools like the Chromebook is currently happening, and it is important students understand how to take advantage of internet-based tools.

-What other school districts in our area are using/requiring Chromebook technology for their

students?

Downer’s Grove, Maine Township, Leyden High Schools, Roselle District 12, Bloomingdale District 13, Fenton High School, Naperville District 203. Several areas schools are also conducting pilots programs, similar to the one Lake Park did in 2015-2016.

-Is there a concern that students will become engrossed in their devices and fail to develop important interpersonal skills?

The findings from our pilot indicate that while students certainly find technology to be engaging, there are many opportunities throughout the day for students to interact face-to-face with each other. Our professional development with teachers stresses the importance of seeking a balance between technology-based activities and those that enable students to interact face-to-face. Additionally, students have been able to bring their personal technology (mobile phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) to school for academic use in the classroom since 2012, and a lack of face-to-face interaction has not arisen as a significant concern. We continue to stress the importance of setting personal boundaries around technology use in our school culture.

-How will students format research papers and other formal works where formatting guidelines are very specific? Will Microsoft Office remain a central feature in District 108 like it is in the business world?

Google Docs has advanced significantly enough to be able to handle the advanced formatting demands of research papers such as headers, headings, page numbers, and tables. As 1:1 continues to grow, Microsoft Office will continue to be available in specialized computer labs at each campus.

-Many students already own a Macbook, iPad or a PC laptop.  So why add and require a Chromebook?

Students are able to bring their personal technology to school for use in the classroom at the discretion of the classroom teacher. However, in listening to feedback from staff, it was expressed that a required, standardized, managed device with reliable functionality must be required to guarantee all students have access to a unified technology experience teachers can consistently plan for. Students may still use their own personal technology in the classroom at the discretion of their teachers; however, they are expected to also have their Chromebooks.

-Will there be a use policy or access restrictions when the Chromebooks are being used on school grounds? Will Net Nanny or another software be installed to govern and track proper use?

Per federal regulation, school technology devices are required to have content filtering on them. Students using Chromebooks at home have the same level of content filtering they do at school.        

-Students have many logins to access school information. Will digital platforms be consolidated?

As we transition to 1:1 we are emphasizing the importance of using Google Drive and Google Classroom to provide a consistent experience for students in their classes.

-Will students be expected to use this only for school related activities or can they add other content such as Facebook etc.?

During classroom activities, students should be using the Chromebooks for learning activities as defined by the teacher. At home, students may use the device in any way the parents feel is appropriate.  We encourage parents to have honest and open conversations with their students regarding their use of the Chromebook and the Internet and to establish reasonable boundaries on the time, manner, and places the device is used at home.

-My son already received a Chromebook for use this year. Will he have the same one next year, or will he receive a new one for next year?

Students will use the same Chromebook each year.

-Will the Chromebooks be ours, or will they be returned at the end of the school year?

Students are permitted to use their Chromebooks over the summer. They assume responsibility for damage to the device. If a student wishes to turn in his or her Chromebook at the end of the year for safekeeping, Lake Park will return it at the beginning of the following school year.

-Will students be using the same Chromebook, for all four years of high school?

Yes. Students will use the same Chromebook all four years.

-How will Chrome Web Apps from the Chrome App Store work?

Student 1:1 devices will be permitted to access the Chrome Web store and install Lake Park approved apps and extensions. Lake Park reserves the right to block any app, extension, or website.

-Can it be assumed that for labs such as CAD and Graphics, the Chromebook won’t be used?
While the Chromebook can be used successfully for many technology projects, a few specialized labs across the district will remain open for highly specialized technology-based classes.


Teaching and Learning

-How will instruction need to change?

Technology empowers students and teachers to communicate, collaborate, critically think about content, and create products that demonstrate their learning on a level that is not possible without it. With these new capabilities in students’ hands, we foresee the primary focus of instruction shifting away from content delivery and toward activities that have students researching, discovering, collaborating, and creating.

-Will you have a digital curriculum in place for freshmen?

The Chromebook is an instructional device. While it enables access to a variety of digital materials, the curriculum will remain the same; however, the instructional methods through which the curriculum is delivered, the resources available, and the activities students can do will begin shifting to more active modes of learning.

-Will 9th grade students still be issued paper textbooks?

It depends. When an online textbook is available, students will have the option to access it, however, we are cautious about completely doing away with paper textbooks. Feedback from students in our pilot has indicated mixed preferences regarding paper vs. digital textbooks, and we want to provide the learning materials that will be best for each student’s learning. It is possible that students will have paper textbooks for some classes, either because a digital version is not available, or because the student has indicated he or she learns better with a printed textbook. Our pilot has been a great opportunity to start a discussion regarding the role of paper textbooks and no decision has been made to begin eliminating them.

-How will students keep track of assignments? Will they be issued planners?

Students with Chromebooks are expected to use Google Calendar and/or Google Classroom to keep track of assignments. Training in the use of these products takes place during our opening 1:1 Ignite! Orientation program and during an opening SSP meeting, Staying Organized on a Chromebook. Students will not be given paper assignment planners by Lake Park. However, students are welcome to bring their own paper planners to keep track of assignments and deadlines if such a system works for them.

-Do students prefer paper books?

Feedback from students in our pilot has indicated mixed preferences regarding paper vs. digital texts. We want to provide the learning materials that will be best for each student’s learning. Our goal is to prepare students to be successful with texts in both print and digital format, so it is likely that students will begin to use a mix of formats in their classes.

-Can students take notes and annotate in a digital version of texts?

It depends on the interface of the digital text, which can vary greatly between publishers. A Digital Text Exploration Committee is actively exploring this question. Preliminary findings indicate most companies do offer some kind of highlighting and annotation feature in their digital texts; however, the specifics vary and some companies do not. The committee has indicated these features should be an important factor for departments to consider when deciding if a digital text is appropriate for their courses.

-Will there still be a common curriculum?

There will still be a common curriculum.The Chromebook is an instructional device. While teachers choose the resources and methods used to teach the curriculum, they work together in teams to discuss the curriculum and how it is being taught in the classrooms to ensure that all students learning the same skills.

-Can the Chromebook enable a greater variety of classes with different content and levels?  

There are many new capabilities for personalized learning made possible by Chromebooks. We are excited for their potential, but also recognize that success with 1:1 technology requires an engaged, supported school community and a robust professional development program. As our school culture evolves to accommodate these new capabilities, we anticipate technology use will grow following the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) model, which will eventually provide opportunities to most effectively capitalize on the abilities made possible by the Chromebooks for learning.

-How do you expect teachers to regulate what students do with the computers during class?

The district is purchasing GoGuardian, a software similar to what is used to monitor students’ device activity in the computer labs. It will enable teachers to “see” what students are doing on their devices during class and help them redirect students.

-Will students collaborate across campuses? Will students and teachers collaborate with other 1:1 schools around the world?

It is currently possible for them to do so, and we have had several classes, clubs, and committees increase collaboration as a result.

-Will it be possible for a student to attend a class remotely using their Chromebook if they are away from campus?

Yes. Technologically, it will be possible. For instance, some area districts have experimented with “remote learning days” during recent snow storms. While this may happen someday in Lake Park, too, we make no guarantees it will be available in all classes, and this capability is certainly not meant as a replacement for attending classes.


Infrastructure

-Can the building support  potentially charging of thousands of Chromebooks simultaneously?  Or if a student loses power due to, say, a late class, will there be charging stations?  

Students are responsible for charging their batteries at home so the battery will last all day in school. There are limited locations in the school that will allow for device charging. If a student’s Chromebook battery runs low, it can be dropped off in the Tech Support Center for a charge and the student can check out a loaner.

-What will they connect to for wireless?

Students devices will connect to the Lancerland, the Lake Park High School wireless network.

-How will hundreds of additional users each year affect the wifi network?

The wireless networks at each campus have upgrades in bandwidth and access points to accommodate an influx of new devices, with room to expand our capacity if need be.

-Are there any plans to upgrade Internet service at the school(s)?

We continue to upgrade our wireless network in both bandwidth and density. Currently each classroom at East Campus has a wireless access point that can support 30 students using devices. Each building has 500 Mbps available of bandwidth for a district total of 1000Mbit, and we added access points to West Campus during Summer 2016.

-Will students be able to access non-web apps from home?

We continue to make strides in offering students the ability to maximize their productivity with technology and we are investigating the possibility of virtualized environments. However, currently the Chromebooks are only able to run the native software and web-based applications. Students are encouraged to inquire with the Technology Department about web-based solutions if there is an ability they seek.

-How will printing to the variety of printers the school currently has deployed.  How will the district print server be used with Chromebooks?

Students are not able to print from their Chromebooks while at school. If a student wishes to print from Google Drive at school, he or she may log-in to a computer in a lab. To print at home, students are encouraged to set up Google Cloud Print.


Break/Fix/Loss/Recovery

-Is insurance available for the Chromebooks?

Yes. We strongly encourage families to purchase insurance for the Chromebook to cover potential loss or damage. Note the following points:

-Insurance is optional.

-Lake Park is partnering with One2one Risk Solutions, a third-party vendor, to offer insurance to families.

-Billing will take place through their website, a portal separate from the District.

-Chromebook device repairs will take place in-house.

-Click here for more information and instructions for registering.

-What responsibility is the school going to hold if the Chromebook is stolen or damaged?        

The school is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to student Chromebooks. Students are responsible for the loss, theft, damage, or repairs of their Chromebooks, including damage and repair needs that may not have arisen through mistreatment. For this reason, the district encourages families to purchase the optional insurance to cover the devices in case they are lost, stolen, or damaged.

-Will there be a loaner device available to students as their device is being repaired/replaced?

Yes. If a student device is being repaired, the student will be able to borrow a device to access course materials during the time of the repair.

-Will the school have a "spare pool" in the event a student has to send his/her Chromebook out for repair?

Yes. Loaner Chromebooks are available for students to check-out while their Chromebook is being serviced.

-Is the district anticipating thefts of the Chromebooks among the students?        

During the pilot, there were no cases of Chromebook theft. In the case of a theft, the district plan includes making the device unusable until it is returned. We encourage families to purchase the optional insurance.

-Are spare Chromebooks available to students who forget their Chromebook or who discover their Chromebook is not ready for learning for some other reason? Are there consequences for forgetting to have their Chromebooks ready for learning each day?

Yes. “loaner” Chromebooks are available to support students who may forget to bring their Chromebook, forget to charge their Chromebook battery, or whose Chromebooks are otherwise not ready for learning on a given day. However, priority in borrowing loaner devices is given to students whose own device is being repaired. 

A student may borrow a loaner Chromebook for non-repair issues 3 times per semester without consequences. After borrowing a loaner Chromebook more than 3 times in a semester for non-repair issues, this schedule of consequences applies.

-How will you handle lost/stolen devices?

One great strength of the Chromebook device is it can be made unusable in case it is reported lost or stolen. It will display a message that the device must be returned to Lake Park. There will be a limited number of devices available for students to borrow in case their device is being repaired or replaced. We encourage families to purchase the optional insurance to cover the possibility of loss or theft.

-My student’s new Chromebook has been problematic since we received it. What is the district’s procedure in this case? The device should be brought  to Chrome Base for repair. If it is necessary to send the device back to the manufacturer for repair, Chrome Base will handle that process. The student will be supplied a loaner device while the issue is being addressed. The device will be repaired to 100% operational, like new condition, and returned to the student.

-What happens if a student breaks, loses a device, or it is stolen?

In the case of breakage, the student should bring the Chromebook to Chrome Base for repair and check out a loaner device. The district’s in-house team of technology specialists will evaluate the device and repair/replace the parts necessary to get it back into a useable state for learning.

For cases of loss or theft, we strongly encourage families to purchase optional insurance for the device. In the event of loss or theft, the district plan is to make the Chromebook unusable until it is returned. Students are responsible for damage, loss, or theft of their Chromebooks.

-Will the computers be labeled, or marked, in a way that would make it easy for someone to return a lost device?

Chromebooks will be outfitted with a barcode label that can be scanned to determine the owner of the device. Also, if the device has power, it will be possible to see who the last signed in user is.

-Does District 108 provide a loaner to students who forgot to bring theirs? If so, what incentive do students have for them to bring theirs to school?

Yes. The incentive is that there are a limited number of loaner devices available. Students who frequently forget their devices will lose the privilege of borrowing loaner devices. Loaner devices that are not returned will be made unusable until they are returned.

-What will the replacement / loss / theft inventory be and storage for replacements?  Policy regarding

replacement?

We strongly encourage families to purchase the optional insurance for the device.

-What if my device is damaged beyond repair and I don’t have insurance?

In such cases, the student will no longer be able to keep the device after four payments. The student will continue to pay the annual device fee; however, that fee will only provide access to a Chromebook, as opposed it being an incremental purchase fee. For this reason, we strongly encourage families to purchase insurance for the device. Students are responsible for all damage to the devices.

-What if a student’s Chromebook is not charged?

Students may bring their devices to the Resource Center and check out a loaner while their device charges. A limited number of loaner devices will be available for this purpose.

-What happens if I lose my charger?

A lost, damaged, or stolen charger situation will be handled the same way a lost, damaged, or stolen Chromebook is. Visit the Library to pick up a replacement charger. The student will be charged for its replacement.

How and where do I pay for parts and repairs?

Parts and repairs will be charged to student accounts and can be paid online through Lake Park’s Fee Payment System (link).

-In charging families for repairs and replacement devices, does the district make a profit?

No. The district only charges for the parts needed to get the device back into a useable state for learning. There is no labor charge.


Support

-How will you train students on the apps?

During the first days of school, students complete our 1:1 Ignite! Program, in which they spent one period of each class learning about the device, Google Apps, digital citizenship, organization skills, and email. We are grateful to our sender schools in the area for implementing similar 1:1 programs, which means many students start the year with experience already.

-What professional development have teachers gone through to prepare for this major change in their instruction?

A variety of opportunities for professional development have been offered to teachers leading up to the 1:1 rollout and will continue to be offered in subsequent years. Topics addressed have been the following: assessment, differentiated instruction, use of Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks, Google Classroom, summer pilot training days, also the pilot itself. Teachers have attended a mandatory institute day dedicated to  educational technology.

-How will students get support if they need it?

Students are encouraged to utilize the variety of resources available to them if they need support.

-Utilize the help menus on the Chromebook

-Search the Internet for the answer

-Ask a classmate for help

-Ask a lab aide or teacher

-Bring the device to the Technology Support Center if it is in need of repair

-Will there be professional development on how to manage a 1:1 classroom in addition to professional development on how to adapt current teaching practices to a 1:1 setting?

Yes, this has been happening and will continue.         


Transitions

-What happens after I pay the fees for four years? Do I receive the device?

If the family has paid in full 4 years of fees on the device and the remaining balance on the device is $0.00, the student will be able to keep the device upon leaving Lake Park, minus any software purchased by the school.

-What happens to my Chromebook when I graduate? Will I get to keep it? What if I graduate early?

Students who pay for a Chromebook all 4 years of high school will have a $0.00 balance at the end of four years, and the Chromebook will be theirs to keep, minus any district-purchased software. Students wishing to keep their Chromebooks will have their devices released from District 108’s management system, and the device will function as if it were a retail-purchased device. As long as the fees have been paid in full, the student may keep the device, even if he or she graduates early.

-What happens to student data and email messages on Lake Park’s Google Apps when they graduate?

Students are able to download all their data from Google products using Google Takeout and save it to a flash drive (or personal Google Account) at any time. The Graduation Website provides information to remind students nearing graduation to download their data. The LP Google accounts of students who graduate remain open for 1 week after they leave, and then they are deactivated.

-Do students take their Chromebooks with them if they leave the district?

Families leaving the district must pay the remainder of their balance in order to take the Chromebook(s) with them or they may return the device to the district in lieu of paying the remaining balance.

-How much fee is owed if my student enters Lake Park after freshman year? If a student enters LP after freshman year, the family can choose to either a) buy a new Chromebook and pay all previous years’ fees for it or b) opt to receive a used device, one that is of comparable age as the devices given to the student’s class year,  (for instance, a used, 1 year old device for an incoming sophomore) and just pay the fees going forward.

-What about students who leave the district and then return?

Students who come back to Lake Park who have a Chromebook from Lake Park will have their devices re-enrolled in Lake Park’s Google Management domain. If a family left the district and purchased the Lake Park Chromebook during the withdrawal process, Lake Park can re-enroll the original device in the domain; however, the device will need to be factory reset in order to do so.


Financial

-What is the funding model for this? Who is paying for the device and the apps?

The Chromebooks will be purchased in increments by families over the course of 4 years of attendance through an Chromebook Fee. The annual $87 fee will be used to pay for and provide access to the following services over 4 years:

  1. The Chromebook device
  2. The Chrome Management license
  3. A protective case
  4. Content filtering software

Free apps for the Chromebooks will be used to the extent possible. Licenses for paid software will be supported by the district.

-Will insurance be available?

Yes. We strongly encourage families to purchase insurance for the Chromebook to cover potential loss or damage. Note the following points:

-Insurance is optional.

-Lake Park is partnering with One2one Risk Solutions, a third-party vendor, to offer insurance to families.

-Billing will take place through their website, a portal separate from the District.

-Chromebook device repairs will take place in-house.

-Click here for more information and instructions for registering.

-I already have a Chromebook. Does my family need pay the incremental purchase/access fee?

Yes, all families are required to pay the fee. However, students may still use their own personal technology in the classroom at the discretion of their teachers. To ensure that all students have consistent, reliable access to the same technology experience, students are required to pay the annual fee for the Lake Park device, and they are also expected to have their Chromebooks.

-We already have a laptop computer for our child.  Is it necessary to purchase a Chromebook or can they use their existing equipment?

All families are required to pay the fee. However, students are able to bring their personal technology to school for use in the classroom at the discretion of their teachers. In listening to feedback from staff during the pilot, it was expressed that a required standardized, managed device with reliable functionality would be required in order for teachers to take full advantage of technology in the classroom. Students are expected to have their Chromebooks.

-How is the money collected annually being spent?  How much profit is District 108 receiving from each Chromebook and where is that profit being directed?

The annual Chromebook fee supports the following purchases:

Chromebook (with charging cable)

Carrying case

Chrome Management License

Content filtering software

The district makes no profit from the devices or repairs.

-If a family has a fee waiver, are the annual fees for the Chromebooks also waived?

Yes. The school pays for the access to a device for the student to use and fees are waived for the family for that year. Upon leaving the district or graduation, students will need to choose to either pay off the remaining balance of waived fees on the Chromebook (and take ownership of it) or  to return their device to the district.

-Who pays for students on fee waivers?

The district will support access to Chromebooks for students who are on fee waivers.

-My three children do not qualify for the free/reduced lunch program, does this mean I will have to pay fees for 3 Chromebooks that I can't afford?

Please contact the principal if paying the fee is a significant financial burden for your family.

-Some elementary school districts are deploying Chromebooks or different devices. Will those students be able to use the device from their elementary district?

Families are required to pay the fee for the Lake Park Chromebook. Students are expected to have their Lake Park-issued Chromebooks. Students who wish to use a personal Chromebook may do so under Lake Park’s BYOD policy and at the discretion of their teacher. However, should the student’s personally-owned device become damaged or broken (be it a Chromebook or some other device), the Lake Park Technology Department is not able to provide repairs, support, or a loaner device in its place.


Equity

-What about families that do not have Internet access at home?

Families that do not have Internet access at home have several options. There are several area businesses that offer free wifi, including the public libraries (Bloomingdale, Roselle, Itasca, and Poplar Creek). It is not necessary to have a library card or live in the library district to access wifi services at the public library. Additionally, Lake Park High School students can arrange to stay after school to make use of the district’s Internet connection, which is taxpayer supported. Finally, we are promoting Everyoneon.org, a nonprofit organization committed to helping families on free/reduced lunch plans get home Internet access.

-What about mixed classes that include both freshmen and sophomores? Will some sophomores be in the program?

To keep the rollout of the program cost-effective and manageable, only freshman students will be issued devices in 2016-2017. However, Lake Park continues to be a BYOD school. All students are welcome to bring their personal technology to school for use in class at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Google Apps for Education works well on a variety of devices, and is not exclusive to Chromebooks. Chromebook carts will be available at each campus for classes to check out. Additionally, our libraries have Chromebooks students can check out for 3 days at a time.

-What about sophomores through seniors? How will deploying to one grade level impact the learning environment?

Students in the class of 2019 will continue to have increased access to the Chromebook pilot carts. Students in the classes of 2018 and 2017 will continue to have access to computer labs and Chromebook carts on a reservation basis.

-Classes with multiple levels - For instance, German classes can have all four grades in one class. What will happen in classes where some students have Chromebooks and others do not?

During the roll-out, courses of mixed-grades will continue to operate as BYOD classes. Students may bring their personal technology to school for use in the classroom at the discretion of the teacher. Students in such courses who have paid the Chromebook fee will be able to use the district Chromebook as their BYOD device, while students who have not paid the fee may continue to use their personally-owned technology.


Security

-Is the information on a Chromebook or in Google Apps for Education private - meaning will Google sell or share our information?        

The information on Chromebooks and in Google Apps is private. Google does not sell or share any personally identifying information. Furthermore, Google doesn’t assume ownership of any customer data in Google Apps for Education core services, and it says so in their contracts (under “Intellectual Property”).”

-Is current PE locker good enough? Will there be more locker break-ins with Chromebooks in them?

Students should store their Chromebooks in their primary lockers when they are not in use. Students are responsible for any loss, theft, or damage to their Chromebooks, including that which may happen during PE.


Summer-

Does Lake Park collect the Chromebooks during summer vacation?

No. The students should take their Chromebooks home with them for use during the summer and bring them back upon returning to school.

What if my family moves away from the district during the summer? What should I do with my Chromebook?

Please contact the main office of the campus where you attend school to notify them if you plan to move.

How can I maintain the Chromebook during the summer?

One of the most important things you can do is simply use the Chromebook. The Chromebook updates itself each time it is turned on, so simply turning it on to use it will help keep it up to date. All students should turn their devices off, then on again, before the beginning of the school year to allow the device to download and install updates. Doing so will ensure the device is up-to-date in time for the start of school.

What should I do if the Chromebook is in need of repair over the summer?

The Lake Park Chrome Base (Chromebook repair center) is available during the summer by appointment only. To get help with your Chromebook during the summer, please send an email to lpchromebase@lphs.org. Please include a brief description of the issue, your name, and a phone number where you can be reached. Someone in our Technology Department will reach out to you to arrange a time to bring the device in.