Students in grades K through 12 use Chromebooks. Great teaching, when paired with the right technology, improves student learning. Chromebooks are seamlessly connected to Eastern Carver County Schools’ network where students access apps and websites for their learning. Students log on using a district account provided through Google Apps for Education. Student Google accounts are managed by Eastern Carver County Schools. This account is where students will store homework, projects, class notes and more.
What happens at the end of the 2017-18 school year?
2018 graduating seniors
All 2018 seniors and students not returning to Eastern Carver County Schools for 2018-19 school year must return their assigned Chromebook, in working order, with a power charger, to the school’s Media/Innovation Center before leaving for the summer.
Third- through 11th-grade students
All students in third- through 11th-grade during the 2017-18 school year can keep their Chromebook for use during the summer of 2018 and return with it in the 2018-19 school year. During the first or second week of school (each school will provide detailed directions), sixth and ninth grade students will exchange their current Chromebook for a new one. Sixth graders will use this Chromebook for all years of middle school and ninth graders will use this Chromebook until they graduate from high school.
Consider a Protection Plan to reduce or eliminate potential fees (chargers are not covered by the protection plan) from accidental loss or damage.
Students who do not want to keep a Chromebook over the summer should return it to the Media/Innovation Center and can pick it up after school starts in 2018. Details will be provided by your school.
Note: When a student turns in their Chromebook at the end of 12th grade, or exchanges it at the beginning of sixth or ninth grades, the Chromebook and power charger must be in full working condition. Normal wear-and-tear and cosmetic issues are acceptable but damage to a device will result in charges. If a Chromebook is covered by the district’s Chromebook Protection Plan, damages on the returned Chromebook will be covered according to plan details. If a Chromebook is not returned, fees related to replacement of device will be charged. If a power charger is not returned, a fee will be assessed as power chargers are not covered under the protection plan. For details, see: Will I have any fees when I return my end-of-life Chromebook?
K-First Grade Students
K-First grade students use classroom sets of the Chromebook and these devices will remain at school. All 2017-18 school year 2nd grade students will leave their Chromebook at school at the end of the current school year. Then during the 1st or 2nd week ( your individual school will have more directions) all 2018-19 school year 3rd graders will get a new Chromebook as they enter the 3rd grade.
Will I have any fees when I return my Chromebook?
At the end of 12th grade or when a student starts 6th grade or 9th grade they will turn in their existing Chromebook which has reached it’s end of useful life for a new Chromebook. Students are responsible for keeping their Chromebook in good condition. When students return their old Chromebook for new one, District staff will use the following guidelines when assessing the condition of returned Chromebooks and chargers. If you are concerned about having to pay, your family can purchase a protection plan here to defray repair and replacement costs. Be sure to purchase the protection plan before returning a Chromebook; the damage waiver cannot be applied retroactively.
- If you have an active Protection Plan the only costs you would see are for a missing/unreturned Chromebook and/or a damaged/missing charger.
- Deliberate and malicious damage is not covered by the Protection Plan.
- Fees below are for Chromebooks at the end of useful life and are based on their scrap value. Fees are higher for Chromebooks which are being repaired or returned during their working life.
Access and Device Information
Device Specifications & Bring Your Own Device
How to Use In-School Wireless
Eastern Carver County Schools Wireless
This is an overview of Eastern Carver County Schools wireless configuration and how you can best use the services provided for learning. The primary object of our wireless and internet access is to provide wireless coverage and internet access to devices used for classroom and classroom related access for learning. It is not our intention to provide access for personal use related to non-school work in areas such streaming, texting, gaming, etc. and as such, specific controls are in place to meet our primary objective of providing services to the classroom for learning.
Here are five different connection options to the Eastern Carver County Schools wireless network and each access is geared to a particular type of access:
112PUBLIC – Open access to any device and any visitor, student or staff person.
112BYOD – Open to any device but restricted to access by users with an Eastern Carver County Schools logon and with the required security certificate installed. For more information, click here.
112CLASS – Restricted to use by District owned and managed iPads, tablets and Chromebooks.
112DEVICE – Restricted to use by District owned and managed Microsoft Windows and Apple MAC based computers.
112BUS– Open access to any device and anyone using our public school buses.
The district’s priority is to provide wireless coverage and internet access for classrooms and classroom-related learning. 112CLASS and 112DEVICE are always provided gold level service as these connections are primarily for classroom and classroom related work. 112BYOD is provided silver level and 112PUBLIC is provided Bronze level service.
This priority of service is like access to our freeways. When the freeway is busy/congested you have to wait at the on-ramp light for your turn. However, certain vehicles have priority, like buses and carpools, and they don’t have to wait. All types of connections start with the same access but as we reach capacity on internet services, 112CLASS and 112DEVICE connections have priority to use the internet but 112BYOD will need to wait and users of 112PUBLIC are slowed down even more. As the load on our internet access is reduced, the limits reduce and speedy access returns to all. As per Eastern Carver County Schools policy all internet access is monitor and access is recorded to further ensure a safe and efficient use of our internet service for learning.
Our internet service is a shared and limited resource. So if you use this shared resource for personal use, you use bandwidth. When a lot of students/staff use our network for non-classroom use it causes even more congestion and the system starts limiting access in order to give priority to classrooms and classroom-related learning.
The District monitors internet access and will be adding additional internet bandwidth at the start of the 2017-18 school year. However, the same priority access will remain in place for classroom-related learning.
Access Options for WiFi Away From School
Did you know…
Comcast and CenturyLink offer affordable internet as low as $9.95 a month*.
To learn more information:
CenturyLink- call 1-866-541-3330 or visit http://www.centurylink.com/home/internetbasics/
*restrictions and qualifications apply
Checking out a mobile hotspot from your school.
The primary object of objective of the District hotspots are to enhance and support LEARNING for our students. The Mobile Hotspot needs to be checked out and returned to school the next day, it is not intended for long term internet service.
Each Mobile Hotspot is $200 to replace so please be respectful and responsible when checking out a Hotspot.
How to connect to a Mobile Hotspot
- Turn wireless hotspot on.
- A wireless network called 112Mobile will appear on your device.
- Connect to the network for access.
Please ensure the Hotspot is powered off when not in use.
A Mobile Hotspot will only work with Eastern Carver County Chromebooks.
When using a Mobile Hotspots the information you are accessing is being filtered the same as if you are at school.
The hotspot is intended to LEARNING any excessive use of this resource will result in restrictions regarding checkout.
If you are working on a Google Drive App you can access and edit information while offline (for most apps), no internet access is needed.
See the Media Center for help with offline access.
Editing Offline Files
(This is turned on by Default for ECCS Connexion Chromebook Devices)
To ensure that a specific file you need is available offline, simply open it and then close it again.
When you are offline, open Google Drive or Google Docs in your browser by going to the same URL that you use in online mode (http://drive.google.com) or you can use the Google Drive App. All of your files will be listed as usual, but the ones that aren’t available offline will be grayed out. (Note: If the browser window just keeps spinning, shut down your chromebook, turn it back on and try again – This should fix the issue)
Double-click to open a file. You’ll see a gray “Offline” icon displayed alongside the filename.
Your changes are saved automatically as you edit a document. When you go back online they will be synced back to your account. Any files that have been edited locally but not yet synced will be displayed in bold type in your docs list.
You can also create new documents when working offline. These will be uploaded to your account the next time you are online.
Besides Docs, Sheets, Presentations, and Drawings that you can access Offline, there are some other Google Products that you can set up for Offline Use as well:
Write emails. Gmail Offline is built to support offline access, allowing mail to be read, responded to, searched, and archived without network access. Gmail Offline will send your messages as soon as Wi-Fi is available.
View appointments. With offline access from the Google Calendar app, you can view a read-only version of your calendar.
Take notes. With Google Keep, you can take and save short notes that will save to the cloud the next time you’re online.
Read offline web pages. If you’ve saved web pages for offline viewing later, they will open in Google Chrome on your Chromebook.
View and edit photos. Your Chromebook comes with a built-in photo editor, so you can view and edit photos that are saved to your Chromebook.
What is a Chromebook? Why was it selected?
- The district’s focus is not the device or brand, but on using technology effectively. A device is another tool for our excellent teachers to promote transformational learning experiences in Eastern Carver County Schools. A Chromebook is a laptop that primarily runs web-based software and Google’s Android operating system.
- The Chromebook is a cost-effective device with a long battery life and is efficiently managed in large numbers. Chromebooks were selected because they support close collaboration, communication, engagement, and personalization between students and their teachers. Developmental projects funded through PowerUp (2012-13) showed success with Chromebooks by both teachers and students. They will seamlessly connect to student Google accounts, which already are in use and managed by the district. They run web-based software which is continually expanding and improving to support nearly every possible student use except for engineering and high-end graphic and video production.
- Because Chromebooks rely on web-based software, the district is not tied to this device for the long-term. If a better or less expensive device emerges in the future, the district will be able to migrate to it easily without losing student work or sacrificing the investment in teacher professional development.
What if my student's Chromebook is lost/forgot/broken/stolen?
- If a student has any issues (will not work, damaged, lost/stolen) with the Chromebook they should stop in the media center of the building they attend and see the Technology Associate. They will be able to assist the student with the issues that they are experiencing.
- As with any piece of school property checked out to a student, families are responsible for appropriate use while it is in the student’s possession.. Much like a textbook that student borrows, a Chromebook belongs to Eastern Carver County Schools. Each device is assigned to that student at the time of distribution. If a device is stolen it will not work outside our district’s Google Apps environment. If a Chromebook is damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen, it will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Damage or loss of device due to negligence and/or repeated incidents may require a student’s family to pay for repair or replacement. The district offers a Protection Plan to cover the first three incidents of damage, repair or theft.
- All students are expected to bring a fully charged Chromebook to school each day. In the event that they do not, one may be issued from the media center. If available, the loaner device would need to be returned at the end of the day.
Why do I need the damage waiver plan?
The damage waiver is an optional plan to help families lower the cost of repairing or replacing a damaged Chromebook. It is not required. Families will be responsible for the full cost of repairing any damage caused by their student. For a $25 fee, the protection plan eliminates out-of-pocket costs for most repairs and replacement for approximately one school year. The district will repair faulty parts (i.e. hard drive, camera, etc.). Lost or damaged power adapters are not covered by the damage waiver plan or the district.
What are the expectations of students?
- Students will bring the Chromebook to school every day fully charged.
- Students will protect the device from damage, defacement, and will not leave it unattended.
- Students will practice responsible digital citizenship at all times.
- Students must remember that they should not give their device to others to use.
- Students may be responsible for any inappropriate content viewed on the device and any damage that may occur.
- Students will never give their login information to other students.
- See copy of ECCS Technology and Internet Acceptable Use Policy for more information
How do students print?
We encourage students to share their work electronically with teachers and peers. For times when students must print, they will be able to select a printer in their building through Google Cloud Print.
Can students use their own laptops or tablets (Bring Your Own Device) instead of a Chromebook?
- Yes. Eastern Carver County Schools’ technology plan calls for introduction of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in middle school and expansion in high school students.
- Students that choose to BYOD will be required to install a non-mobile version of Chrome or compatible browser. Classrooms may use extensions or applications that only work in the Chrome browser or Chrome operating system. BYOD devices will be limited with the level of direct support that school or district staff can provide. Please note that iPads, Kindles, smartphones and Android tablets are not acceptable alternatives because they do not support all the demands of the district’s curriculum.
- To verify that your device would meet district minimum standards visit the device specifications page from district website.
FAQ: Other Questions
How do I connect to my Wi-Fi at home?
Click on the Wi-Fi icon on the lower left of the Chromebook to see a list of available networks. Click on the name of the network that you wish to connect to and then enter the Wi-Fi password (if it is password protected)). More information on connecting the Chromebook to Wi-Fi can be found by clicking here.
How long will my battery last?
While battery time will vary depending on what you are doing, in general Chromebooks have exceptional battery length. When fully charged a Chromebook should last the entire school day. Student Chromebooks need to be charged nightly so they are ready for the next day at school.
Can a student use a personal Google account they have already created instead of the District's account?
No. Eastern Carver County Schools has adopted Google Apps for Education. Only the account that Eastern Carver County Schools creates for each student is the account supported on the Chromebooks.
How is inappropriate content blocked?
The district’s network is filtered and each computer’s internet access is logged and can be reviewed. Eastern Carver County Schools follow (and may exceed) federal and local guidelines that require filtering of inappropriate material. In addition, student Google accounts are managed by school and district administrators and can be accessed any time if needed.
As with all devices at home, it is the family’s responsibility to establish guidelines and check in with their student frequently about the content and apps they are accessing. For more information about our Internet filtering please check out this link.
How are Chromebooks updated?
When a Chromebook starts up it will update automatically. There are few, if any, time-consuming updates, and no installs or device imaging.
How can I backup my ECCS Google Account Files?
With Google Takeout it is possible to backup most of your ECCS Google Account Files to a personal Google Account.