Monday, May 23, 2016

What happens if my student forgets his Chromebook at home?

There will be NO loaner devices.  Students are expected to bring their Chromebook to school each day, just as they are expected to bring their textbooks, notebooks, and homework that is due.  If a teacher has planned a lesson utilizing the Chromebook, a student will be considered unprepared for that class period.

If a student's Chromebook is not working as expected, they will need to bring their Chromebook to the IT office.  We will evaluate the device.  If an immediate resolution is not possible a maintenance spare will be issued.  The maintenance spare will be used by the student until their original Chromebook is repaired.  The original student issued Chromebook will be required in the IT office before a maintenance spare will be issued.

Will Students Be Able to Work Offline?

Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education are very Internet dependent. So what happens when there is no Internet?

Google has implemented offline editing capabilities for Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Drawings.  Additionally, Google has enabled Google Mail offline reply and new message creation capabilities.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Could A Student Use A Chromebook During Lunch?

Students and Teachers are encouraged to leave lunch time to eat and socialize, not schoolwork.  That policy will remain.  Students may not use their Chromebook in the cafeteria during their lunch period.

If a Chromebook requires power, a student may utilize the Cafeteria charging cart during their lunch period.  Essentially, they will plug the Chromebook in as they enter the cafeteria, then pick it up on their way back to class.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chromebook Ownership

Roncalli High School owns each school-issued Chromebook until the student graduates at which time ownership will transfer to the graduate.

Any student who leaves Roncalli prior to graduation will be expected to return their Chromebook in full working order or pay the school the cost of a new Chromebook.

Monday, May 9, 2016

When Will Chromebooks Be Ready For Pick-up?

The new Chromebooks will be ready for pickup:  Friday, July 29th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday, August 1, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Tuesday, August 2, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The final opportunity will be after school on Wednesday, August 3, from the end of the school day until 4:00 pm.  

The exact location inside the school has not been identified yet.  All are encouraged to check at the School Office via the Main Entrance.  Signs will direct you to the distribution location.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

What Will Happen With Used Chromebooks

Original question - The original communications said the Chromebooks would be turned in at the end of the student's time at Roncalli, but now they will be the student's to keep? I know my daughter will not want hers because she has previously used one. Could you offer some sort of buyback option or the opportunity to sell it to an incoming student? Maybe Roncalli could buy it back and offer a slightly reduced tuition to a family for taking a used one, at least their first year?

The long term cycle for Chromebooks is for a student to receive a new Chromebook when they enroll as a Freshman.  The device will have a four year warranty attached to it.  The four year warranty provides the school the piece of mind that all devices are covered for their four year life in the school building.  As with all technology, there is an optimal, useful life.  We have set the optimal useful life for Chromebooks at four years.  Upon graduation, the student will keep the Chromebook. 

We have previously discussed the possibility of a student turning in their Chromebook upon graduation.  Unfortunately, there is not a need for those devices at Roncalli after four years.