Read the Mid-Year Parent Survey Findings
Over the last two years Google Chromebooks have overtaken the educational environment with instructional materials being accessible and more engaging through online tools. It is essential PVSD provides equitable access to teaching and learning. Furthermore, Chromebooks are managed by Google Apps For Education (GAFE) which provides efficient access to the core Google apps productivity suite for students and staff. The goal of this program is to teach students responsible and appropriate use of digital devices while providing self directed learning and creativity. By allowing students to take home a device they develop ownership and continuity from school to home which also allows the District to maintain security practices to ensure student safety. The District is creating a systemic process for deploying a 1:1 take home program at Corte Madera beginning in 4th and 6th grade in 2016/2017 and going school wide by 2018/2019.
Research Devices, Cases and Internet Filters
As we move to a take-home program we will need take in consideration how the district will manage the devices and access to only appropriate content so cloud-based filters will be researched along with device size and cases that will minimize damage.
Provide opportunities to answer questions and/or concerns brought about by the community and provide an opt-out alternative by allowing students to bring their own device to school.
Our first parent meeting was in May 2016 at the 4th and 6th grade orientation.
Our second parent meeting will be Friday, September 16th at 8:30 am in the District Annex. If you are unable attend we will post the presentation here.
Purchase Devices, Cases, Filters and Enroll in Management System
Chromebooks are easily managed by IT and allow staff to monitor usage and lock down content and/or easily deploy relevant applications.
Continue to provide training on strategies to redefine learning with devices focusing on a balance of screen and non-screen time. Work with Google Certified Trainers and other experts in the field to provide premier training for teachers.
Issue devices out to each student through a library check-out procedure in October 2016.
- Spring 2016 Begin planning and hold parent event
- Summer 2016 Purchase devices and prepare for deployment
- Fall 2016 Deploy devices and train staff and students
- Winter 2016 Evaluate progress
- Spring 2017 Plan for 17/18 Deployment and collect student devices
- Fall 2017 Deploy next round of devices 4th 5th 6th 7th
PVSD resources for Digital Citizenship
Common Sense Media Screen Time
Example Media Use Agreements for Home:
Supporting Students with Technology Use at Home
The 1:1 Chromebook program is an amazing opportunity for PVSD students to engage with learning in a meaningful, modern context that helps prepare them for life beyond their education. However, some students require some extra support when it comes to making appropriate choices with their technology use.
The following are some strategies that you can use to help your student be responsible with their Chromebook at home:
Have your student work in a common area rather than their bedroom
As teachers will tell you, being near to a student is often the best deterrent from off-task behavior. Having your student work where they are visible lets them know you are interested in the choices they are making, and are supportive of their success in school.
Share their Google Drive to check on work progress
If you have your own device like a smartphone, computer, or tablet, and a Google (Gmail) account, you can access your student’s Google Drive to look at the work they have been doing at school (including comments from teachers and peers). This also allows you to see them work in real time on documents and check their progress with homework. Simply have students share all their work folders with your Google account. Also, ask your child’s teachers to give you access to the online Classroom through Google Classroom.
Check their Internet history if you suspect inappropriate use
Chromebooks keep a log of their Internet activity. If you suspect that your student has visited an inappropriate site, you can press Ctrl + H when the Chrome Browser is open to see the history. Students can clear their history, so an empty or limited history of browsing can often be cause for suspicion. If you would like this investigated further, please contact your school principal. Be sure, however, the current content filters deployed to your student’s account is set to block most if not all inappropriate content.
Restrict their Chromebook usage to set boundaries
While the Chromebook is a learning resource, the district completely respects your role as a parent and will support any decisions you wish to make regarding your child’s access to technology. For example, if you wish to set time limits on their usage, or remove the device from their possession when they are not engaged in homework, this can help to remind them that technology is a tool, rather than a toy.
Turn off your home WiFi at appropriate times
Many of the Chromebook features require an Internet connection to function. When offline, the Chromebook can access the Google Docs office 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 and provide more time for other activities. Also, you may want to check to see if you have parental controls on your WiFi Access Point. Here are some useful links for setting up the Parental Controls on your Home Wifi Network: