Middleton 1:1 Take Home Program

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Beginning in the Winter of 2018, Skokie School District 73½ 5th grade students will have the opportunity to take their Chromebook home. The District believes that technology can add significant value in support of a well rounded, 21st century education. Guided by this principle, the District will provide an excellent opportunity to extend the benefits of a well balanced, technology enhanced curriculum to each student even while at home; and prepare Middleton students for the Chromebook take home program that is already established in grades 6-8. A Chromebook is a personal computer running Google Chrome OS as its operating system. Chromebooks are designed to be used while connected to the Internet and to support applications that reside on the Web. Chromebooks also have Google products built-in, and, within seconds of logging in, students can access their Skokie School District 73½ Google account.

The latter point is significant considering that Skokie School District 73½ is a Google school district. Each student and member of the faculty and staff has a G Suite account (formerly known as Google Apps for Education). G Suite is an integrated communication and collaboration solution, hosted by Google and managed by Skokie School District 73½. G Suite enables students, faculty, and staff to communicate, store files and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time from school, work, or home. G Suite serves as the foundation for the District’s digital ecosystem. Every week students and teachers are performing thousands of applications via their G Suite accounts. Students will have complete access to their G Suite account and the numerous assistive tools embedded into each application.

During the first three years of our student device initiative, a content filtering system was enabled on all of the District Chromebooks. This feature, commonly referred to as SecURLy (the name of the product vendor) or proxy filter (the type of technology used), filters the student Internet content on the Chromebook regardless of the network to which it is connected (this includes your home network). While this solution is very effective, there is no replacement for rules and supervision with access to an internet device.

Students will begin bringing their chromebooks home after winter break. Before bringing the device home, students and parents will have to review a series of informational items, and both parents and students will have to sign-off on a user agreement. A parent or guardian must acknowledge access and agree to view our online training video which can be found at this URL: https://youtu.be/noHZffQ0FgA. Parents/guardians will be able to sign the device agreement via PowerSchool Registration under the “permissions” section. You will need to view the training video and sign off on the device agreement before your student is allowed to bring home the device. Informational items will be posted on the district’s website with continual updates about the take home program occurring throughout the school year.

If students do not have access to internet at home the school district has acquired Sprint MiFis to assist with this issue. The Sprint MiFis units are for the 5th grade take home program at this time. Students that wish to have internet access at home, but do not have it, can contact their homeroom teacher for a MiFi agreement form. The MiFi device will be lent to qualifying families for the duration of the school year. The unit must be returned with the Chromebook at the end of the year or upon request.

The district is excited about the extension of the 1:1 program and the endless possibilities of teaching and learning in a connected world. Informational items will be posted on the district’s website with continual updates about the 1:1 program occurring throughout the year. If you have any questions regarding Skokie School District 73½ 1:1 Chromebook take home program please reach out to Mr. Nathan McBride, Director of Innovation & Instructional Technology, or your school administration.