1:1 Chromebook Program
1:1 Chromebook Program Information
Learn the details of our 1:1 device program
The North Haven Public School District offers 1:1 Chromebooks for grades 3-12. Grades 6-12 are "take home" devices.
A quickly growing majority of jobs today require technology skills, many jobs our students today will have do not even exist yet because of the speed of technology advancement. Teaching our students how to use technology as a tool for their education and integrate it naturally into the events of the day will not only provide a more interactive and engaging learning environment but also better prepare them for their futures. 1:1 device ratios allow for technology to be used in classroom instruction in a more real-world way. Computer time does not need to be scheduled, students do not need to leave their classrooms, instructional time is regained and computer use happens as it does in workplaces and universities - when it needs to rather than when it can.
Who is going 1:1?
For the 2019-2020 school year grades 3-12 will be 1:1. At the elementary schools, each student will have a Chromebook with their name on it in a cart in their classroom. These Chromebooks will not go home, they are for use in school, though they may be used in any class or any area of the school. The laptops may go where the students go within the building. At the Middle School and High School, all students will be assigned a Chromebook with their name on it and a carry case to bring it between classes. These Chromebooks will go home with the students. Grades K,1 and 2 will each be assigned a Chromebook cart of 30 devices for their grade level (at each school) to share as they need to.
What do Middle School students and new High School students have to do to pick up their Chromebook?
All parents or guardians must sign-in to PowerSchool Parent Portal this summer to complete the Annual Update forms in the Ecollect forms section of PowerSchool. This form contains the technology Acceptable Use Policy, Handbook Agreement, etc. This form must be completed in order to see your student's schedule or teacher later in the summer and pick up their Chromebook for the school year.
UPDATE - We will be doing all repairs in-house starting in September 2020. No families will be asked to purchase Securranty Insurance. Families will only be charged for repairs if it is deemed there was intentional damage to the student's device.
How are device repairs handled?
All High School broken devices must be delivered to the NHHS IT Office in Rm 221. All Middle School broken devices must be delivered to the MS Media Center. Students will be assigned a loaner Chromebook for the duration of their repair. Warranty repairs will be shipped to the warranty company for repair at no additional cost, non-warrantied Chromebooks will be repaired in-house. Non-warranty repair costs must be paid within 14 days of the repair of the device.
Where will the devices be charged?
All elementary school Chromebooks will stay at school and charge overnight in laptop charging carts. High School and Middle School students are expected to bring their charged Chromebook to school every day. Students should not have the expectation that they will charge their Chromebooks at school. If your student forgets their Chromebook at home or forgets to charge their Chromebook overnight, a limited number of loaner Chromebooks will be available in the library media center. These devices must be checked out like library books and checked back in at the end of the day. These may not leave the building. A limited number of charging stations may also be available in the library media center for students to use during study hall in the event that they have not charged their Chromebook overnight. Charging during classes is up to the discretion of the classroom teacher if it does not create a trip-hazard.
How will students carry their Chromebooks?
Elementary students should carry their Chromebooks from the cart (lid closed) to their desks using a 3-point hold (one hand on either side with the laptop against the torso). Chromebooks outside carts or cases must always be carried in this manner. They should not be stacked, they should be carried one-at-a-time as the only thing the student is carrying at that time. When an entire class is going to use their Chromebooks in another room (such as cart) our small charging carts are portable and can be rolled to music, art, computer class etc. High School and Middle School students must always carry their Chromebooks in the provided protective (zipped shut) carry cases. Other cases may not be used and the Chromebook may not be transported through the halls without the case. Cases are the size of a textbook and may be placed into a book bag or carried using the strap or handle. No other item may be placed in the Chromebook storage area of the bag, however, an outside pouch is available to transport pens, pencils, small notebooks etc. The cases, like the Chromebooks, may not be vandalized with markers, writing, or other permanent changes. Removable stickers, keychains, lanyards, ribbons etc. are allowable if a student desires to personalize the carry case. Chromebooks and carry cases are assigned to students but remain the property of the district.
Wifi and Use By Others
Chromebooks are Wifi devices. They function in a limited capacity without internet (as most computers do these days). Students who do not have Wifi access at home may contact the IT department and we will assist students with making their files available offline to edit at home. All classrooms and common areas where a Chromebook might be used in the schools are equipped with Wifi. North Haven Public Library also provides free Wifi to students who do not have access at home. Chromebooks do not work with a hard-wired internet connection (there is no jack in the laptop to plug a cord into) but do work over 4G access points, such as those provided by cell phones and cell phone providers. Additionally, many "plug and play" ethernet adaptors will work with a Chromebook if you only have a hard-wired internet connection at home. For the 2019-2020 School year, a limited number of Wifi Hotspots will be available to be checked out of the library as needed. These provide filtered internet access to students who may not have the internet at home or will be traveling somewhere (nationally only) without access to the internet. They operate on the Verizon Wireless 4G network.
Chromebooks assigned out to students should be used only by those students only and not other household members. The Chromebooks are configured to only allow access to students using their northhavenschools.org accounts, as it is a violation of school policy to have any other person use a student's log-n credentials, the Chromebooks may not be shared.
What can my student access using a Chromebook?
Our student G-Suite accounts are equipped with filtering and monitoring software that works on Chromebooks even off of the North Haven network. These devices truly are intended to be used for educational purposes only. Our filters filter web content, websites, and videos by category, enforce safe-search rules, and other things necessary to provide a safe digital learning environment. To help keep students safe online and deter the non-educational use of the device, the filters work 24/7. While the monitoring software is designed to help identify students who may be considering actions that may harm themselves or others, staff do not monitor the devices around the clock. They receive alerts and history is recorded that may be reviewed at a later time if there is a concern. Severe content alerts may send screenshots to appropriate administrative staff members, however, we will never access your student's camera or microphone on their Chromebook without their (and your) express consent. These situations are rare and usually used to provide students out for extended periods of time with video conferencing into the classroom to help them learn from home. While we make strong efforts and use the latest technology to protect our students on the web, no method is ever perfect. Students found to by bypassing or attempting to bypass safety filters will be subject to disciplinary action as determined by the school administration. Please see our Acceptable Use Policy for more details
Can students print from the Chromebooks?
Yes, many home printers can be connected to Chromebooks for printing. At school, students can walk right up to a copier and log-in to their Google Drive on the copier to print any documents they need to or may send their document to the "Secure Queue" to be released at any copier. One of the benefits of a 1:1 district is that document sharing through G Suite or Office 365, as well as the use of Google Classroom, can cut down our need for printing. This is good for the environment and also saves teachers and students time at the copiers.
How much storage do students have?
While the Chromebooks only have 16GB hard drives, each student is afforded 2TB of online cloud storage: 1TB in Google Drive and 1TB in Microsoft One Drive.
Can my student use a USB mouse with their Chromebook?
Yes, most USB mice and wireless mice are compatible with Chromebooks, as are most headphones and USB drives.
Will my student be able to use their Chromebook over the summer?
Yes, all currently enrolled Middle and High School students who will also be enrolled for the following school year will be able to use their Chromebooks over the summer. Graduating students and students leaving the district will be required to turn their device in the IT office on the last day of school they attend or prior to graduation.
Are other school districts doing this?
Yes, 1:1 programs are very common in schools and the percentage of schools participating grows every year.
Can my child opt-out of having a Chromebook?
No. Chromebooks are intended to allow digital learning to be integrated into the daily curriculum. We want students to be comfortable and familiar with using technology in order to succeed both in school as well as in the future. Because student-owned devices both lack the type of classroom management and filtering that the school Chromebooks do, as well as may require technical support during the school day that the district can't perform on personally owned devices, a Chromebook is provided to every student and the use of personal devices in the classroom is solely up to the discretion of the classroom teacher. We hope all students will take advantage of the resources made available to them via the internet using these devices.