Why we are sending home devices with students?
Our goal is to foster a learner-focused environment where all learners have voice, choice, time for reflection, opportunities for innovation, opportunities for critical thinking, problem solving/finding, self-assessment, and connected learning. PSD Possibilities will provide a device for every student in the Peninsula School District. Students in grades 6th through 12th will take their assigned Chromebook to and from school each day. We understand that providing a device alone will not make this change happen, although it will accelerate the possibility for change. By ensuring our learners have equitable access to the tools needed to learn, we are empowering learning that will extend beyond the classroom.
Technology and the Curriculum
Schoology, our district learning management system, is used in all secondary and some elementary schools. It provides a dynamic student-centric learning environment.
With the combination of access to Chromebooks throughout the school day and at home and quality instructional practices, our students will be able to:
- leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences;
- recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical;
- critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others;
- use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions;
- develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions;
- communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals;
- use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). ISTE standards for students.
Retrieved from https://www.iste.org/standards/for-students
- Student Resources
- Parent Resources
- Responsibility Manual
- Signature Form
- Chromebook Basics
- Senior Chromebook Purchase
- Low-Cost Internet Options
What information will students be provided with?
Each student will work through a Schoology Chromebook orientation course prior to receiving their one-to-one device. The course will be completed while at school. Topics will include:
- A review of the PSD Possibilities Responsibilities Manual.
- A review of the devices that will be checked out to the student.
- Digital Citizenship
- Device management and resources.
- Tips and tricks.
Once the student has been assigned to a course (in the weeks prior to the Chromebook deployment), parents/guardians can view the course via Schoology. Parents/guardians have the ability to create a Schoology account and associate their children with that account. The link provided below will walk parents through creating a parent Schoology account. Note - the parents/guardians will need to acquire the child's unique Parent Access Code from one of the child's teachers in order to start the process of creating a parent Schoology account. Once the association is made between the accounts, the parent will stay connected to the child's courses no matter the school year or grading term. Please contact one of your child's teachers for help accessing Schoology.
Here are some suggestions
- Communicate expectations for the types of resources your student accesses online and for interacting with others online in a kind, respectful, and safe manner.
- Only allow electronic device use in common rooms of the home (e.g. living room or kitchen) and not in bedrooms.
- Develop a set of rules/expectations for electronic device use at home. Take a look at the American Academy of Pediatrics Family Media Use Plan tool and the Family Media Agreement and Device Contract from Common Sense Media for ideas and examples.
- Demonstrate a genuine interest in what your child is doing on the device. Ask questions and request to see their work often.
- Ask a teacher for your child’s Schoology Parent Access Code so you can track progress and see your child’s completed work.
- Investigate and apply parental controls available through your Internet Service Provider and/or your wireless router.
- Put all electronic devices “to bed” for the night at a designated time. This is a great way to ensure the Chromebook is charged nightly.
- Turn off your home WiFi at appropriate times. Many of the Chromebook and other device features require an Internet connection to function. When offline, the Chromebook can access the Google Docs suite and not much more. Turning off your home WiFi at night can prevent late night YouTube sessions, or chatting with friends at inappropriate times.
The web filtering provided on Chromebooks is consistent with both Federal regulations (CIPA), as well as current community standards and sites considered unsafe to visit (e.g. malware, proxy sites). We use a tool called Securly for filtering the devices when they are both at school and at home. The web filtering categories currently blocked include the following:
- Non-educational games
- Guns and weapons
- Adult content
- Porn/nudity/child porn
- Violence and hate
All computers/devices on the district's network are subject to the web filter. As Chromebooks travel home with students, there is programming on them that forces them to utilize the district's filter when not on the district's network (i.e. at home, Starbucks).
Parents/guardians are also key partners in monitoring and keeping students safe online. Here are some helpful websites:
- Common Sense Media Parent Concerns
- Common Sense Media Privacy Evaluations
- Common Sense Media 17 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook
- Common Sense Media Social Media Apps Parents Should Know About
Parents/guardians may want to formalize plans with your students regarding internet use. These agreements may help:
- American Academy of Pediatrics Family Media Plan
- Common Sense Media Family Media Agreement and Device Contract
The parent/guardian is responsible for the cost of repair or replacement if the device is:
- Not returned
- Intentionally damaged
- Lost because of negligence
- Stolen, but not reported to school and/or police in a timely manner (48 hours)
Parents/guardians are encouraged to keep an eye on student use of the computer when students are not in school. The best way to keep students safe and on-task is to participate in what they are doing.
What is Securly?
Securly is the district's content filter for all technology devices owned by PSD or personal devices that utilize our internet connections to keep our students safe from inappropriate content. Securly not only provides an internet filter, but also student online activity monitoring for bullying and self-harm, teacher device monitoring, and a parent portal for filtering at home.
The Securly parent portal and the Securly Home mobile app both allow you to review an activity feed of all sites visited by your child. There is also a flagged section which you can review posts made in online activity that have been flagged by Securly as potentially related to self-harm or bullying. Designated school officials can also access dashboards and pull reports on user activity. During school hours, they also receive automated alerts on self-harm and bullying. Finally, Securly also offers a settings/rules section that will allow you to control content accessed by your student when the student is outside of the PSD network.
Your school is not able to assist with Securly Parent Portal questions, so please email email@example.com if you have further questions about the Securly parent portal or Securly Home mobile app.
What you will be issued
Getting to know your Chromebook
G-Suite Tools Page
What is the PSD Possibilities Program?
Our goal is to foster a learner-focused environment where all learners have a voice, choice, time for reflection, opportunities for innovation, opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving/finding, self-assessment, and connected learning. We understand that providing a device alone will not make this change happen, although it will accelerate the possibility for change. PSD Possibilities will provide a Chromebook as a take-home device for each student grades 5 to 12. By ensuring our learners have equitable access to the tools needed to learn, we are empowering learning that will extend beyond the classroom. Students in grades 5 through 12 will be provided with district-owned device to use as a learning tool within the classroom and take the device to and from school each day. Students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade will slowly be making the transition to one-to-one as well, although those devices will remain in the classroom and will not be taken home each day.
When will it begin?
Schools will be making the transition to one-to-one devices in the fall of 2018. The timeline is different based on the individual school. All students in grades 6 through 12 will take a device home by January 2, 2019. Fifth grade students will start taking their devices home in late spring, after the SBA testing.
What device will students receive? Why Chromebooks & iPads?
Students in grades 5 through 12 will receive Dell Chromebooks. The exact model of the Chromebook depends on the year that is was purchased. The majority of the devices that will be deployed will be reallocated from what was existing in the building. Those devices were previously housed in carts in specific classrooms. The new devices that will be purchased will be similar models. Dell Chromebooks are an economical yet durable option for providing devices for all students. Students in kindergarten will eventually will have one-to-one iPads while students in first and second grades will have a mix of iPads and Chromebooks. Students in 3rd and 4th grades will also have Dell Chromebooks.
How long will students keep their District-provided device?
Each year, students in 5th and 9th grades will receive brand new Chromebooks. Those students will keep their devices for four years. Students in other grades will keep their device through 8th or 12th grade.
What will happen to the District-provided laptops over the summer?
Students in 5th through 12th grade will take their device at home over the summer and bring it back to school in August.
How will the new and collected devices be distributed?
For the initial deployment of the devices, Technical Services will work with individual buildings to schedule a day for students to get their devices. As students exit (moving or graduating) a school they will be asked to return their Chromebook (just as they do with textbooks). As a student enters a school the office will coordinate assigning a device to the student.
How is this program being paid for?
We have been purchasing a large number of Chromebooks each year for the last five years out of Technology Department funds which are a mix of BEA (State Funding) and the local Enrichment Levy. We are primarily re-allocating existing devices and targeting our new purchases every year now toward specific grade levels to achieve the distribution to every student.
Are there fees? What happens if my student’s device is lost, stolen, or damaged?
There are no initial fees. Fees will be assessed based on damage to the device. Should repair be needed, students will be billed a nominal fee for their first and second repairs. If a third repair is needed, families will be billed the actual cost of repair. Students are expected to report any damage to the device as soon as possible. This means no later than the next school day. If stolen, a police report must be submitted and case number provided to the school. All damage fees are outlined in the Responsibilities Manual
How do students connect to wireless at home?
Students will access wireless the same way your regular home devices connect. If your child does not have access to a wireless network while away from school in your home, we will have a limited number of wireless hotspots available for checkout. Please contact your child’s school for more information and see the Low-cost internet options available in Peirce County here.
What can my child access on the device when it goes home?
The Chromebooks will utilize the district’s filter no matter what network the device is on (whether it is at school, home, or Starbucks). The accompanying parent interface will allow parents and guardians to monitor student searches as well as control your child’s access to the internet while at home.
Can students put their own music on their Chromebook?
No. District technology is not provided to house personal music or video libraries.
What about Bring Your Own Device?
A uniform platform has many advantages in the classroom - especially for the teacher who only needs to master one operating system and can use a common language when providing instruction. It is also not possible for the district to be able to equitably distribute software to multiple personal devices. We ask the district-provided Chromebook is the device that gets taken to and from school each day.
What do I do with my Chromebook over the summer?
Students in grades 5-11 will keep their Chromebooks over the summer. Incoming 9th graders will turn their devices in at the beginning of the school year, turn in a new signed Student Technology Responsible Use and Safety Agreement, and receive their new Chromebook. Each high school will share their unique procedures for this process. Students are welcome to use their devices over the summer. If the device is not used over the summer, we recommend charging it fully, unplugging the device, and storing it is a safe place.
Our district filter, Securly, will continue to run on the Chromebooks over the summer. As always, parents will continue to have access to the Securly Parent Portal over the summer and can access the browsing history for the student. The notifications for self-harm and disturbing keywords will be disabled over the summer since school staff will not be available to review those emails. They will be re-enabled as school resumes in August. For more information regarding the Securly Parent Portal visit the Parent Resources page.
Students are expected to bring Chromebooks back to school on the first day fully charged.
What if my family leaves the district over the summer?
When a student leaves the district during the summer the Chromebook will need to be returned and if applicable, fines assessed and paid prior to student records being forwarded to the new school.
- If the school's office is still open, the Chromebook should be returned to the child's last school.
- If the school's office is closed for the summer, the Chromebook should be returned to the Department of Learning and Innovation (located on the ESC campus).
- The office will be open for returns on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm.
- A technician will inspect the Chromebook for damage and assign fines in Destiny if required.
What if my Chromebooks needs to be repaired over the summer?
Broken devices can be dropped off at the Department of Learning & Innovation (located on the ESC campus) on Tuesday or Thursday, between the hours of 10am and 2pm for repair.
- The technician will evaluate the damage and assign a fine in Destiny if required.
- The technician will notify the student when the Chromebook is ready for pickup. The target repair time is one week.
- Loaner devices will not be provided over the summer.
SENIOR CHROMEBOOK BUY PROGRAM
As part of our PSD Possibilities program, Peninsula School District will offer graduating seniors the option to purchase their Chromebook, charger, and carrying case for $10.00. The devices being sold will have met their expected instructional life span and would otherwise be decommissioned and surplused by the district.
How will this work?
To purchase their Chromebook, charger, and carrying case for $10, a student must go to the bookkeeper and pay the fee. The bookkeeper will then notify the librarian who will then mark the Chromebook as “sold” in our system.
Chromebooks purchased by students will be removed from the district network and security protocols following graduation; a district login will no longer be required to use the device.
Please note, students should observe information regarding Google/Chrome support for the Chromebook model at Google Chrome Enterprise Help Auto Update policy and know that these units are sold "as is”.
Students will have until June 30th to transfer the data from their Peninsula School District Google Drive accounts (EdTools) to a personal Google account using Google Takeout.
What if I don’t want to purchase my Chromebook?
Seniors that are not interested in purchasing their Chromebook will return the device and the charger to the school’s librarian. Any device that is not either purchased or turned in by the senior will have the lost fee assigned to it.
Low-Cost Internet Options in Pierce County
We know that many students and their families depend on the Internet, whether at school or at home, so they can do homework, search for jobs, access financial or government services and much more. As educators, we know that having the Internet at home is critical to ensuring that your child can stay connected to online assignments, classmates and teachers.
This is why we would like to make you aware of three low-cost options that are available for families who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program, receive HUD housing assistance, or are a low-income veteran who receives state and/or federal assistance.
In addition to the resources listed above, organizations and business within the Peninsula District have opened up their businesses and agreed to support our students with free Wi-Fi. Visit psd401.net/wifi to access the interactive Free Wi-Fi Directory.
If none of these options will work for your family, please contact your child’s school directly as other options may be available.
Technical Services office hours
8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.,
Monday – Friday
14015 62nd AVE NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Telephone: (253) 530-3700
Fax: (253) 530-3720
Terri Maricle, Administrative Secretary