How fast is the rollout?
We will be starting the rollout in February 2014 through October 2014. The cohorts of 20 to 30 teachers will be going through extensive training and assistance in their classroom during the implementation phase.
Is this too expensive?
SVUSD selected Chromebooks because they are roughly half the cost of an equivalently sized tablet and easier to manage. The Chromebooks range in price from $200 to $300.
Will the Chromebooks go home?
Yes. In 7th and 10th grades the Chromebooks will be checked out to the students. At the elementary schools the sites will decide on how to handle the checkout procedures or to keep them at school.
Will the internet be filtered at school and home?
Yes. SVUSD has contracted with Lightspeed Systems to filter Chromebooks at school and at home.
Will parents be informed of the project?
Yes. Each school’s rollout will be accompanied by a parent education night. These presentations will include the overall goals of the program and the logistics of the checkout process. Some schools are offering training for parents on how to use Google Docs.
Will teachers be trained?
Each teacher will receive 2 days of training before Chromebooks are rolled out with their students. During the rollout, 4 technology staff members will be visiting and assisting teachers with their lessons and procedures in the classroom. A third day of observation and mentoring will be conducted after the teacher has had experience with the devices in their classroom.
Does this help with the new State Testing?
Yes. At the end of the year students in the 1:1 program will need to check in their Chromebooks for two weeks so that other gradelevels can be tested at the school.
Can these devices be hacked?
Chromebooks are secured through a District domain. If a student hacks a Chromebook our log will show us that this device has been taken off the domain. Our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) includes a variety of discipline actions depending on the severity of the offense.
Can’t SVUSD implement common core without technology?
No. There are 88 explicit technology standards in the new State standards. In order to implement the Common Core the District will need to implement technology in the classroom.
Is a parent liable for the cost of the device?
If the parent decides to participate in the take home program they are liable for the cost of the device in the case of loss. If the device is broken, the District will repair the device and charge the parents for the repair.
Can the District’s Wireless handle these Chromebooks?
As part of the final stages of Measure B funds, we are installing one access point per classroom and upgrading the infrastructure to support the Chromebooks. Before Chromebooks are issued at any site the new access points will be installed and tested.
Why were 4th, 7th and 10th grade levels selected?
These grade levels were chosen by principals for a variety of reasons which include testing, expansion of BYOD programs, site leadership, responsibility, and curriculum.
Will additional grade levels be added?
Yes. SVUSD is looking for funding sources and opportunities to expand this program.