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The Bloomer School District is supplying students with a Chromebook device in grades 8 and 9 for the 2016-17 school year. This device is property of the Bloomer School District. The supplied instructional device’s function provides each student access to required educational materials needed for each student to be successful. The Chromebook allows student access to Skyward, Moodle, Google Apps for Education, educational web-based tools, as well as many other useful sites.  The supplied device is an educational tool not intended for gaming, social networking, or high end computing.

In our One-to-One learning environment, the Bloomer School District’s goals include the following:

Improved Student Learning:  Through instructional strategies that apply best practices in teaching with technology and a variety of resources which support the curriculum, student learning will improve.

Transformative Learning: Through a 1:1 learning environment, students and teachers will be able to implement transformative uses of technology and enhance student engagement with content. Through this we hope to promote self-directed, lifelong learners.

Meaningful Student Engagement:  We will offer One-to-One computing to make school more engaging and relevant for our students and to support meaningful and more challenging work.

21st Century Skills:  We will ensure that students have high level 21st century skills,  including communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking, which will prepare them for a successful future.

Equity of Access:  We will bridge the digital divide by providing all students with access to technology tools and resources for anytime, anywhere learning.

1. RECEIVING YOUR COMPUTER

1a: STUDENT CHROMEBOOKS

2. RETURNING YOUR CHROMEBOOK:

3. TAKING CARE OF YOUR CHROMEBOOK:

3a: General Precautions

3b: Carrying Chromebooks

3c: Screen Care

4. USING YOUR CHROMEBOOK AT SCHOOL

4a: Chromebooks left at home

4b: Chromebooks under repair

4c: Charging your Chromebook

4d: Backgrounds and Password

4e: Sound

4f: Printing

4g: Account Access

5. MANAGING & SAVING YOUR DIGITAL WORK WITH A CHROMEBOOK

6. OPERATING SYSTEM ON YOUR CHROMEBOOK

6a: Updating your Chromebook

6b: Virus Protections & Additional Software

6c: Procedures for Restoring your Chromebook

6d: Software Installation

7. ACCEPTABLE USE GUIDELINES

7a: General Guidelines

7b: Privacy and Safety

7c: Legal Property

7d:  E-maìl Electronic Communication

7e: Consequences

7f: At Home Use

8. PROTECTING & STORING YOUR CHROMEBOOK

8a: Chromebook Identification

8b: Account Security

8c: Storing Your Chromebook

8d: Chromebooks left in Unsupervised Areas

9. CHROMEBOOK TECHNICAL SUPPORT

9a:  Vendor Warranty

9b:  Repairs and Replacements

10. CHROMEBOOK FAQ'S


1. RECEIVING YOUR COMPUTER

Chromebooks will be distributed within the first week of each school year. Parents/Guardians and students MUST sign and return the Bloomer School District Chromebook Agreement document before the Chromebook can go home with their child. This Chromebook Policy Handbook outlines the procedures and policies for families to protect the Chromebook investment for their student and the Bloomer School District. Chromebooks will be collected at the end of each school year and students will retain their original Chromebook each year while enrolled at the Middle school.

1a: STUDENT CHROMEBOOKS

Chromebooks from the District, even though they are assigned to specific students, do not rescind the District’s right to inspect the Chromebook at anytime while on school district property.

2. RETURNING YOUR CHROMEBOOK:

All district owned Chromebooks must be returned following the guidelines posted in respective buildings.

3. TAKING CARE OF YOUR CHROMEBOOK:

Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook they have been issued by the school. Chromebooks that are broken, or fail to work properly, must be taken to the LMC  as soon as possible so that they can be taken care of properly. Do not take district owned Chromebooks to an outside computer service for any type of repairs or maintenance.

3a: General Precautions 

3b: Carrying Chromebooks 

3c: Screen Care

The Chromebook screens can be easily damaged! The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the Screen.

4. USING YOUR CHROMEBOOK AT SCHOOL

4a: Chromebooks left at home

4b: Chromebooks under repair 

4c: Charging your Chromebook (at Home)

4d: Backgrounds and Password

4e: Sound

4f: Printing

4g: Account Access

5. MANAGING & SAVING YOUR DIGITAL WORK WITH A CHROMEBOOK

6. OPERATING SYSTEM ON YOUR CHROMEBOOK

6a: Updating your Chromebook

6b: Virus Protections & Additional Software

6c: Procedures for Restoring your Chromebook

6d: Software Installation

7. ACCEPTABLE USE GUIDELINES

7a: General Guidelines

7b: Privacy and Safety

7c: Legal Property

7d:  E-mail Electronic Communication

7e: Consequences

7f: At Home Use (Grade 8 Students)

8. PROTECTING & STORING YOUR CHROMEBOOK

8a: Chromebook Identification

Student Chromebooks will be labeled in a manner specified by the school. Chromebooks can be identiñed in several ways:

Chromebooks are the responsibility of the student. This device will be yours for the duration of your time at middle or high school. Take good care of it!!

8b: Account Security

8c: Storing Your Chromebook

8d: Chromebooks left in Unsupervised Areas

9. CHROMEBOOK Fees, Insurance and Technical Support

Technical support will be available in the LMC through the technical support.

Services provided include the following:

9a:  Vendor Warranty

9b:  Repairs and Replacements

9c:  Insurance, repair deposit

        There is a yearly $20 nonrefundable, nonprorated fee for insurance against breakage and maintenance of the chromebook.    The first breakage or malfunction will be covered by the fee.  Any further breaks or malfunctions may result in additional costs to the student.

 

10. CHROMEBOOK FAQ'S

Q. What is a Chromebook'?

A. "Chromebooks are mobile devices designed specifically for people who live on the web. With a comfortable, full-sized keyboard, large display and clickable trackpad, all-day battery life and built-in ability to connect to Wi-Fi, the Chromebook is ideal for anytime, anywhere access to the web. They provide a faster, safer, more secure online experience for people who live on the web, Without all the time-consuming, often confusing, high level of maintenance required by typical computers.” (Google)

Q. What kind of software does a Chromebook run?

A. “Chromebooks run millions of web-based applications, or web apps, that open right in the browser. You can access web apps by typing their URL into the address bar or by installing them instantly from the Chrome Web Store.” (Google)

Q. How are these web-based applications managed?

A. Each Chromebook we provide to students will be a managed device. Members of Bloomer School Distric Information & Instructional Technology Dept. will maintain devices through our Google Apps for Education account. As such, the school can pre-install web-applications as well as block specific web-applications from a centralized management console.

Q. What devices can l connect to a Chromebook?

A. Chromebooks can Connect to:

Q. Can the Chromebook be used anywhere at anytime?

A Yes, as long as you have a WiFi signal to access the web. Soon Chrome will be releasing an update so users can work in an "offline" mode.

Q. Will our Chromebook have 3G?

A. No. The district Chromebooks will not have 3G broadband

Q. Do Chromebooks come with Internet Filtering Software?

A. No. Chromebooks do not come with internet filtering software. However, while in district Chromebooks will use the School's WiFi to access the internet which is filtered. Chromebooks will be filtered at home by the District and all web site usage will be tracked and recorded.

Q. Is there antivirus built into it?

A. It Is not necessary to have antivirus software on Chromebooks because there are no running programs for viruses to infect.

Q. Battery life? 

A Chromebooks have a rated battery life of 8.5 hours. However, we do expect that students charge them each evening to ensure maximum performance during the school day.