(1:1) computing offers students and teachers continuous access to a
wide range of software, electronic documents, the Internet, and other
digital resources for teaching and learning. Technology in schools today
is as basic as pencils and books. By providing students an electronic
device to access the Internet, digital course materials and digital
textbooks, students have access to information, are engaged in learning,
and take responsibility for their own learning.
Chromebooks represent a new space in technology between tablets and
laptops. As a web-based device, the Chromebook reduces technical
issues that arise with regular laptops. The work the student complete
automatically saves to the cloud. This expands collaboration between
teacher to students, and student to student. The issue of usable battery
life is reduced since a Chromebook usually last the whole school day.
Our Chromebooks are different than the consumer version available to the
public. As a GoogleApps for Education school, we are able to set-up and
control the Chromebooks through a web-based "management" page. This
means we can apply specific policies to groups of students such as
allowing only certain apps to be installed or differentiating apps based
on individual student needs!
how has the sumner school district prepared for this initiative?
For several years we have focused on create a robust infrastructure
(increase equipment and internet bandwidth, along with new wireless
access points) as we build more capacity with mobile devices. We have
moved the majority of our services to be web-based, including our email
system, file storage, assessment, and learning systems. We will be
offering ongoing professional development opportunities to our staff to
effectively build upon 1:1 technology and resources.
how did we get the funds for this initiative?
We were able to start with a 3rd/4th grade pilot using capital
funding leftover from our construction projects. We obtained a
voter-approved technology levy to support expanding Chromebooks to all
student grades 3rd - 12th by 2017.
Students issued a Chromebook by the school district will have
access to that device 24/7 during the school year. Students will have to
adhere to the Sumner’s policies governing the use of technology. This
also includes potential damage that specifies a fair-market replacement
who owns these chromebooks-the students or the school? what happens if my child breaks or loses his or her chromebook?
The Sumner School District 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 are responsible for the Chromebook’s general care and
content accessed through the device.
who is responsible for updating the device (software and applications)?
The Chromebook operating system, Chrome OS, updates itself
automatically. Students do not need to manually update their
Chromebooks. Chromebooks provide multiple layers of protection against
viruses and malware. By logging in with their school email account
Chromebooks seamlessly integrate with the Google Apps for Education
suite of productivity and collaboration tools. This suite includes
Google Docs (word processing), Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings,
and Forms. Students are allowed to install appropriate Chrome web apps
and extensions from the Chrome Web Store. Students are responsible for
the web apps and extensions they install on their Chromebooks.
Inappropriate material will result in disciplinary action.
will the district supply my child with any chromebook accessories, such as a protective case?
The school will provide protective sleeves 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 each school’s faculty to determine
how to incorporate Chromebooks into his or her curriculum. All teachers
will have the opportunity to participate in an initial Chromebook
orientation session and will receive ongoing training. Even though each
instructor has discretion over the ways in which they will implement
Chromebooks there are a core set of outcomes connected to the Chromebook
initiative posted on the school’s website.
what training and/or support will my child receive?
During the rollout, students will receive training on appropriate
use and technical capabilities, along with their Chromebook. In
particular, there will be training on how to access the Google Apps
suite and Chrome web store.
As a parent, what kinds of limits should I set on my child’s “screen time”? How does the Chromebook affect my rules at home?
We hope that our 1:1 Chromebook 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 Chromebook use. However, please keep in mind that more
class content will be digitized accessed via the Chromebook. This may
require students to extend their screen time to meet course
will there be internet filters on the
chromebooks? how will these work when my child has to do research for
projects or assignments on the internet at home?
The Chromebook 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, likewise Sumner schools will extend these filters
to the home and wherever these Chromebooks connect to the Internet. At
home, we encourage parents to work together with their children to
monitor the access to inappropriate content.