Please note that although this is a summary of key points from the Acceptable Use Policy and User Agreement you signed regarding this Chromebook program, you are responsible for understanding and agreeing to the entire AUP, which is available online at our district website.
The device your student will be receiving is a DELL Chromebook. It’s a special kind of laptop that uses the Chrome browser as its operating system. Although it has some limitations without an Internet connection, it does have the ability to do some viewing and editing of Google Drive files while OFFLINE.
- On the right side of the Chromebook you have a USB port
- On the left side is where your charger cord plugs in, a USB port (faster port), a full size HDMI output if you wanted to hook it up to an HDTV or monitor with an HDMI cord, a headphone/earphone jack and a slot for an SD card. Graves County will not provide SD cards, but you are welcome to purchase and use your own.
In order to access your Google Apps for Education account and your school Google Drive, you will log into the Chromebook with the same credentials as you would to login to your school email. (Email Address - firstname.last firstname.lastname@example.org and email password that is 7 or more characters long.) In fact, on any device with a Chrome browser or Google Drive app, you will be able to login and access your files using your Graves County email address and password.
Students, please make sure to do the following:
Every afternoon, charge your Chromebook to 100%.
Never loan your Chromebook to others.
Please carry your Chromebook appropriately, with two hands if outside of a bag or backpack. If possible, please carry your Chromebook in a protective case, sleeve, backpack or protective bag.
Avoid food, water, and pets near your Chromebook.
Do not use markers on the Chromebook or place stickers or any other decorations onto the Chromebook.
Never leave the Chromebook unattended, unless in a locked classroom.
Know when WiFi is ON or OFF. (Your Google Drive files will back up automatically as long as you are on the Internet or the next time you connect to the Internet.)
In the end, keep the Chromebook in the same condition as you received it. At the end of this school year, at the completion of the pilot, you will turn in the Chromebook and charger.
ONGOING DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP:
First, let’s answer the question, “What is digital citizenship?” The website http://digitalcitizenship.net/ calls digital citizenship the “norms of appropriate, responsible tech use.” Students will watch a Digital Citizenship video upon receipt of the Chromebook as part of the requirements for receiving a take-home device.
While this video is an important first step of your digital citizenship journey, Graves County does not want this to be your last! Later in the school year, your teachers and school administrators will share some online digital modules with you. You will need to complete the modules assigned as part of your digital citizenship agreement. More information on our digital citizenship program will be coming soon.
ONLINE SAFETY, RESPONSIBLE SOCIAL MEDIA:
The overall key is to leave a positive digital footprint. What you do on the Internet stays on the Internet to follow you around. If you tweet about your volunteer work or have photographs of your original art, colleges will want to enroll you and employers will want to hire you. If you leave a negative digital footprint, the opposite will be true.
Before you post or send something online, think of the implications five years from now, not just five minutes from now. Five minutes from now, it might seem funny; five years from now, it might tarnish a job interview.
Never give or share personal information of yourself and others, especially passwords, social security numbers, street addresses or phone numbers.
Remember that in order to record audio, video or still pictures of others, you must not only have consent, but the student must have a district “permission to capture” form. If you’re in a classroom setting and you don’t have permission from your teacher, do NOT record any media of another person.
On district resources, no privacy exists! Graves County has a right to see your browser history, the emails you send, and the files in your network drives.
Last but not least, always remember that district technology is for educational purposes only.
While you are using a district provided Chromebook federal law states that we must take reasonable precautions to prevent students from accessing material and information that does not serve a legitimate educational purpose or is otherwise harmful to minors. However, in a fluid, rapidly changing modern world, parents must be aware that it is impossible to 100% filter every inappropriate site or app.
When using school technology, you are prohibited from doing the following:
TIPS FOR PARENTS & GUARDIANS:
No illegal, unethical, or non-educational use.
No harassment of any kind, or online bullying of another student.
No unauthorized use of district resources, including hacking or attempting to gain access that is not authorized, disrupting the network in any way, or attempting to circumvent the district’s Internet filtering.
Never use another student’s ID or login credentials.
The last piece of advice is often said but bears repeating. Never do anything on the Internet you would be embarrassed or worried to show your grandmother or your school principal. If you have the slightest doubt or second-guess yourself, don’t do it!
Help the students form good digital habits and routines.
Be aware of what, when and how tech is used at home. This includes the amount of screen time the student has not only to their Chromebook, but to their smartphone or gaming system. Are they using the tech for homework, or playing games?
Consider some off-screen time before bed. Studies show it is hard for both adults and children to simply put down a device and switch off their brain. If students seem overly tired in the mornings, consider keeping their devices out of their bedroom at night so they are not tempted to text or surf the web when they should be sleeping -- perhaps putting the devices in your living room or in YOUR bedroom.
After school, ask students how the Chromebooks and other education technology helped them learn in a more effective, engaging, or personalized way.
Last but not least, let the student be the teacher! Have them help you navigate the world of web-based tools and apps.
For more information and suggestions for Internet safety and guidance, please visit the critically acclaimed website Common Sense Media at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ .