Chormebook Program FAQ

  • The Shoreline School Board voted December 3rd to authorize the purchase of new computers for both high schools. They also approved the fee and fine schedule that will support the program. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions about this project.

    Q1: What will the new 1:1 high school device replacement program include?
    A1: See table below:

HS computer proposal
  • Q2: What did the Board approve?
    A2: See detailed list below:

    • 3,500 Lenovo 500e convertible Chromebooks with hard cases
    • 3-year accidental damage protection
    • LightSpeed classroom management software for Shorecrest and Shorewood High School students and teachers as part of a take-home one-to-one program
    • Each high school will have four iPad carts: 3 additional carts of iPads (3 carts + pilot cart)
    • Individual iPads that will distributed on an as-needed basis, like for Special Education students
    • 30 Kajeet mobile Smartspots for each high school
    • Approval of the fine and fee schedule outlined in the background information 

     

    Q3: What is a Lenovo 500e and what hard case will be provided?
    A3: Lenovo 500e is a convertible Chromebook. It will come with a Gumdrop hard case.

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      • 2-in-1 design allows both laptop and tablet mode
      • Touch screen
      • 2 cameras (world-facing & web)
      • Attached stylus
      • Gorilla glass screen protection
      • 2.2 GHz quad core Intel Celeron processor
      • 10 hours of battery life
      • See Lenovo website for more details
      • Gumdrop case details
        • Features clear front and back window for viewing district tags and student customizations
        • Custom molded shell fits securely against the Lenovo 500e for long-lasting protection
        • Thick bumper skin around the edges for durable drop protection
        • Allows your device to move freely into any configuration (laptop, tablet, tent & wedge modes)

     

    Q4: What is the access model?
    A4: One to One take Home program:

    We will continue the one to one access model that has been used in the past. Students will also continue to have the option to opt out of the take home portion of the one-to-on program.

    • Every student is checked out a Lenovo 500e (unless an iPad was issued as a special accommodation)
    • Students will be responsible to care for the device.
    • Students will keep their devices over the summer with an option to turn them in for the summer if requested
    • Students that opt out of the one-to-one program will still be asked to check out a Chromebook from the tech office for use in class
    • All Chromebooks will be covered by an Accidental Damage Protection program that will lower the cost of accidental damage and loss to students and families

    Q5: When will students receive their Chromebook?
    A5: The high school rollout started at the beginning of the 2nd semester for the 2018-19 school year.

    • Incoming 9th graders and other new students will receive Chromebooks for the 2019-20 school year.

    Q6: Will we still have access to iPads?
    A6: Yes, a limited number of ipads will be available.

    • Each high school will have 4 shared iPad carts.
    • Individual student iPads will be distributed to meet specialized needs (e.g., Special Education apps)

    Q7: Will students need to use the district Chromebook or can they use a personal device?
    A7: Students will be required to use the district provided Chromebook for in school use. Students should bring their Chromebooks to class, charged and ready to use every day.

    • Student Chromebooks will use the SchoolNet wireless network which avoids some of the constraints on GuestNet, the wireless network used with personal devices
    • The new Lightspeed software, pre-installed on the Chromebooks, will allow teachers to better manage online learning such as quickly sending a link to all devices in seconds. This functionality will avoid complications associated with a mixed device environment

    Q8: What does the accidental damage protection plan cover?
    A8: The plan covers the first three years of the program. Accidental damage is considered to be damage that occurs under normal use of the Chromebook in typical, safe environments. Examples of accidental damage as listed below. Negligent damage is not covered.

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    Q9: What Paperwork will be required when a Chromebook is damaged?
    A9: Students will be required to complete a “Incident Description” form for all Chromebook damage. This will be used to help determine ADP eligibility and any associated fines/fees.

    Q10: What is the fee and fine schedule?
    A10: The fee and fine schedule has been adjusted to reflect costs of new devices and the inclusion of accidental damage protection coverage.

    • Yearly self-insurance fee of $35 per device
    • Accidental damage fee of $50 per incident
    • Loss due to reported theft $100 per incident
    • Negligent damage fee of $100 per incident
    • Negligent loss fee of $200 per incident

    Q11: What is the management software that will be provided with the Chromebooks?
    A11: Lightspeed Classroom will be installed on all student and teacher Chromebooks.

    Classroom provides:

    • Notification of unusual or off task activity
    • At-a-glance activity overview
    • Ability to limit the websites available for a lesson
    • Ability to view, share and record student screens
    • Easily communicate with students in real time
    • Control student screens when needed during class time
    • More details here

    Q12: What are Kajeet Smartspots and what will they be used for?
    A12: Kajeet Smartspots are portable internet access points that can be used to provide access to students that would not otherwise have access.

    • Smartspots use local cellular service that is provided as part of their monthly contract
    • Schools, with support from the IT department, will decide how and to whom the access points will be distributed
    • The final model has yet to be determined, but Smartspots are typically loaned out for limited periods of time, from 3 days to a few weeks
    • Smartspot use is limited to student issued Chromebooks
    • Accessible services, websites, times and volume of use will be managed by the district and may be restricted
    • This will be a limited pilot program so device availability will not be guarenteed
    • Accessibility of Internet service is based on cell service so service availability / signal strength can not be guarenteed in all locations

     Q13:What is the purpose of the Teacher issued student Chromebooks?
     A13:Per the current collective bargaining agreement, teachers in grades 9-12 may request to have the same technology that is issued to students. This is not intended to replace the functionality of the teacher laptops, but rather to provide teachers with the ability to use and understand the devices that students have.

    • Teacher issued student Chromebooks are configured exactly the same way as student Chromebooks
    • Only k12.shorelineschools accounts are available on student Chromebooks
    • @shorelineschools email acounts are only accessible through Pronto mail
    • Student Chromebooks have standard student Internet filters applied

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