Why does Jonesville believe that a 1:1 program is important?
The need for consistent access is a priority. Technology is mentioned in 78 Common Core standards. Vital to achieving expectations established by the Common Core is for students to be literate by 21st Century standards. In addition to the traditional view of literacy our students must be information, media and visually literate. Constant access allows for these important contemporary literacies to flourish in classrooms.
Chromebooks represent a new space in technology. This space is between mobile options such as the iPad and the portable space anchored by laptops. The Chromebook needs little, if any maintenance. It is a web based device so there is no need for downloading or installing software and/or updates. The way a Chromebook operates reduces the need for technical support. Student work on the Chromebook automatically saves to the cloud or the device, allowing it to sync when online. This makes it ideal considering Jonesville is a Google Apps school district.
The iPad provides endless opportunities to create hands-on, customizable learning experiences. We can reach more students with apps and books geared toward any level or subject. The apps are great for younger learners who need a more "hands-on" approach to learning.
How have we prepared for this initiative?
We have structured professional development around the effective integration of technology. Teachers have received training on a variety of topics including but not limited to Schoology, Chrome, Google Apps for Education, Screencasting, etc. Additionally we have strengthened our wireless infrastructure in the summer of 2015 to accommodate the needs of the 1:1 program. We now have wireless access points in every classroom and at various points to provide access outside of the school building.
How did we get the funds for this initiative?
The district’s 1:1 initiative is being funded through the generous donation of Bob and Ellen Thompson.
Who owns these devices—the students or the school? What happens if my child breaks or loses his or her Chromebook?
Devices that are issued as part of the 1:1 program are the property of Jonesville Community Schools; Stakeholders will have to adhere to Jonesville's Acceptable Use Policy for technology, the rules of the 1:1 Device Policy Handbook, Student Pledge, and the individual school’s policies governing the use of technology.Jonesville believes that an Internet connected device will be a required resource for our students as they enroll in college and or enter the professional arena. With this belief in mind, the District believes that students should learn how to effectively manage a device. Students (and parents) are responsible for the device's general care and content accessed through the device, and will be required to pay for a replacement device (or accessory) if it is maliciously damaged, lost, or stolen.
Who is responsible for updating the device (software and applications)?
The operating systems, Chrome OS and IOS, update themselves automatically when connected to the schools network. Students should not need to manually update their devices.
Will Jonesville supply my child with any accessories, such as a protective case?
The school will provide protective cases for all students along with a charger.
In what ways will Chromebooks be used in the classroom?
It will be up to each member of the JCS faculty to determine how to incorporate these devices into his or her curriculum. All teachers associated with the 1:1 program will receive ongoing training to explore more ways to effectively utilize these devices. Even though each instructor has discretion over the ways in which they will implement these devices, there are a core set of outcomes connected to the device initiative posted on the school’s website.
What training and/or support will my child receive?
During the roll-out, students will receive training on appropriate use and technical capabilities. We will be using Commonsensemedia.org to help train students on appropriate use and etiquette on these devices such as,Acceptable Use, Care and Use of 1:1 Devices, Digital Safety and Digital Citizenship.
As a parent, what kinds of limits should I set on my child’s “screen time”? How does the device affect my rules at home?
We hope that our 1:1 device program will help students learn and maintain good digital habits that will last a lifetime. Any rules that you have about computer use or Internet access should apply equally to your child’s device use. However, please keep in mind that more class content will be digitized accessed via the device. This may require students to extend their screen time to meet course requirements.
Will there be Internet filters on the devices? How will these works when my child has to do research for projects or assignments on the Internet at home?
The 1:1 device initiative is a joint partnership between the school, students, and their parents. The devices will be subject to the same Acceptable Use Policy restrictions and discipline procedures applied to all other technology infractions. The school’s wifi filters inappropriate content in accordance with the Child Internet Protection Act. At home, we encourage parents to work together with their children to monitor the access to inappropriate content and to provide their own filtering process if needed.
What if I still have questions?
If you still have questions, please contact the main office at your child's school, and they will help direct you to a person capable of answering your question.