Frequently Asked 1:1 Questions
The Hornell City School District is excited to start the school year with our brand new 7-12 Chromebook 1:1 program! Each student will receive a Chromebook to extend and enhance his/her education both at school and home during 2018-2019 school year. Our goal is for students to learn that while devices such as computers, tablets, and cell phones can be used for communication and entertainment, they can also open doors to inspire, create, grow, explore, and learn.
What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook is a laptop computer that is designed to access the internet using a Chrome browser. The majority of files and programs are stored on the web, rather than on the device itself. A Chromebook is very versatile, portable, and great for use in school and at home.
What does it cost?
Chromebooks will be distributed to all grade students free of charge. In the event of purposeful damage to the Chromebook, repayment may be required as determined by school administration. Privileges of taking a Chromebook home can be taken away as determined by school administration on a case by case basis. An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) specific to the 1:1 program must be returned prior to your child receiving a Chromebook. The AUP can be found here or in the High School Main Office.
Why are we providing students with 1:1 Chromebooks?
We believe ready access to technology is an important part for preparing students for life in the 21st Century. The Chromebook is an appropriate tool both inside and outside of the classroom. During school time, students will be actively engaged in the classroom both with and without the use of the Chromebook. Outside of school, students will be able to revisit classroom lessons, complete homework, and even communicate with their teachers.
What can my child use to protect the Chromebook?
The school will provide a zippered case. Students are required to use this case for Chromebooks. Other school supplies should not be carried in the Chromebook case.
How will we ensure students are safe using their Chromebooks from home?
Use of Chromebooks at home will be under the same filtering and security policies that they are in school. Inappropriate web use will be reported automatically in a daily report to school administration.
Can my child bring in their own personal device?
Yes, a personal device (laptop, tablet, Chromebook) will work in a similar capacity. When the device is connected to the schools network, it will be filtered just as a school issued device. Outside of the school, it would not be filtered. The Chromebook was chosen specifically for Hornell as it is believed to be the best option for student learning and instruction. It is heavily advised that students use the school issued Chromebook but not mandatory.
How will my child’s Chromebook be tracked?
Each Chromebook comes standard from the manufacturer with a unique serial number. When a Chromebook is provided to a student, that serial number will be associated with the student. When Chromebooks are returned at the end of the year, that number must match.
What if I don’t want my child to take home a Chromebook?
Hesitation to allow your child to take home a school issued device is understandable. In the event that you choose not to allow your child to participate, we will have a small number of Chromebooks available in each classroom.
What if I don’t have internet at home?
Even if you do not have an internet connection at home, you can still do many things with your Chromebook. You can do any of these following things offline: view, create, and edit documents, spreadsheets, or slides using the Google Drive app. You can even save websites as PDF files to view offline
There are also affordable internet options for families in our area. To research options available to you, check with our local internet services providers or visit the following link: Spectrum
Will my child have proper training on how to use the Chromebook?
Students will undergo a series of trainings both in the classroom and in separate, specifically designed lessons. Creating fluid student users is a goal and one we expect to achieve.