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WHY IS SSPS MOVING TO 1:1?

SSPS feels that embracing new technology enhances student learning, engagement, and achievement. Beginning this year, the 1:1 initiative will provide each ninth grade student with a personal device to explore and utilize educational resources both inside and outside the classroom, including class content, online textbooks, and Google Classroom.  Additionally, online access allows students to more efficiently communicate and collaborate with classmates and teachers. With 1:1, students have the best teacher-facilitated instruction combined with the best technology at their fingertips!

WHAT IS A CHROMEBOOK?

The Chromebook is a  laptop of a different breed. Instead of Windows 10 or macOS, Chromebooks run Google's Chrome OS. These machines are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. Chromebooks have done quite well in the education market, and work similar to a library book - they will be checked out to students for long-term use, but they do remain the property of SSPS. The devices will accompany high school students to and from school each day so that learning can continue wherever the student might be. Students attending middle school and upper elementary will use available devices in the classroom and return to a cart at the end of each class period for charging.

WHAT IF MY STUDENT’S DEVICE GETS DAMAGED OR STOLEN?

The SSPS Chromebook Protection Plan has been established to give parents peace of mind through the ability to purchase insurance and provide support for the student device and accessories. If purchased, the care plan provides limited coverage for repair or replacement costs of the Chromebook and charge cord. The cost for protection is only $25 for SSPS students. Coverage lasts for the academic year and must be renewed annually. To enroll in the Chromebook Care Plan, print a copy of this form and bring to Schedule Pickup at CNGC.  

Please keep in mind that if insurance is not purchased at the time of device acceptance, parents/guardians are responsible for the full cost of any repair or replacement of all damage to or loss of the Chromebook and accessories. Please read the details in the Chromebook Care Plan to learn more about the various costs associated with the student devices. 

HOW IS MY STUDENT PROTECTED WHILE ONLINE?

SSPS has invested in Securly which filters web content at the school site, as well as on any network worldwide. This means that no matter where your student chooses to go online with their device, they are protected. Securly also monitors student internet usage to ensure that students are using the device appropriately and responsibly, and abides by student privacy protection regulations, such as COPPA, FERPA and CIPA. Parents can receive weekly reports as well as allow select categories while the device is away from school. For more information about the Parent Portal, check with your child's school during schedule pickup at CNGC.

WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS OF MY STUDENT FOR THEIR CHROMEBOOK CARE AND USAGE?

DAMAGED OR MALFUNCTIONING CHROMEBOOKS

CNGC students with damaged or malfunctioning Chromebooks should take them to the Library.  Upon check in, a loaner will be issued while the damaged device is under repair.  Please keep in mind that repair costs may be involved if you do not purchase the protection plan, or if a chromebook requires multiple repair claims.  See Protection Plan.  

HOW WILL MY STUDENT’S EDUCATION CHANGE AND IMPROVE THROUGH 1:1?

Student learning experiences will be taken to new levels that further engage and prepare them for their future. Students will have access to information and creative resources to enhance their knowledge, understanding, and application of the content they learn throughout the school year in each course. The skills they will learn through the use of Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and Google Apps for Education will guide them to success in future learning and career opportunities as they become knowledgeable and proficient users of technology.

Additionally, the teaching experience will change to enhance engagement and productivity in the classroom. Students will have controlled internet access at their fingertips, allowing teachers to expand upon current instruction to provide students with a more enriched learning experience. Through the use of district tools, students will be able to keep track of their class schedule, homework assignments and online class resources all in one place. Teachers will be able to post, collect and grade assignments online, as well as send announcements and update their course calendar. Teachers will also have the ability to host digital class discussions and administer online exams. With these tools, learning can travel anywhere your student can go!

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS - WHO CAN I CONTACT?

Please email questions to shawn.beard@sandites.org