Connexion

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.
Summer Chromebook Information

Will students be able to use the district issued Chromebook during the summer?

Students in grades 3 through 11 who were issued a Chromebook this year will be allowed to take their Chromebook home for the summer. During that time they will be responsible for taking care of their district-issued device.  If a family does not want their child to have the Chromebook over the summer, the child must return the Chromebook and charger to their school’s media center before leaving for the summer.  When school resumes in the fall, the same Chromebook and charger will be returned to the student during the first week of school.

Current 5th grader students moving to 6th grade next school year.
2016-2017 school year 5th grade students were provided a new Chromebook late in the school year. Because of this one-time event current 5th grade students will keep their Chromebooks over the summer and then use the same Chromebook for the next school year as they enter 6th grade at our Middle Schools. In the future years as students start 6th grade they will turn in the Chromebook they used in Elementary school during the first few weeks of school and will be provide a new Chromebook to use for 6th – 8th grade.

Elementary school 2nd graders
2nd grade student will turn in their Chromebook during the last week of school ( your individual school will have more directions ). Then as the student returns to 3rd grade the next year they will be provided a new Chromebook which they will use through 5th grade.


Do you have a Chromebook? Think you’ll move this summer? RETURN IT!

If your family may move this summer, you must return your Chromebook to school before June 8. Once your student is unenrolled from Eastern Carver County Schools, his/her Google account will be removed and the Chromebook will not function. Even if there is a chance your family will move, we recommend returning the Chromebook. Just let us know you might be return in the fall and your student will receive his/her Chromebook back if your family does not leave the district.


Chromebook protection plan available – a good idea for summer?

Students issued a Chromebook have the option to take it home over the summer. If they do, they are responsible for taking care of it just as they do during the school year. Families who do not want to their student to take the Chromebook home for June, July and August will receive information later on storing the device at our school.

If your student will have a Chromebook over the summer, consider buying our protection plan. This $25 program eliminates the cost of fixing or replacing a Chromebook. A maximum of three incidents are covered. If you purchase a Chromebook protection plan yet this summer, coverage starts immediately and continues until school starts again in fall 2018. So if you purchase in May of 2017 you will have 16 months of protection plan coverage. For more details about the $25 damage waiver plan, go to our Connexion website.


How can I get help with my Chromebook over the summer?

During the summer students can get help with forgotten passwords and other issues with their Chromebook (lost/failed/damaged) by emailing 112chromehelp@district112.org or by leaving a voicemail at 952-556-7777.  Someone will respond to your request in 3 or less business days.   NOTE: If your device requires repair, you will need to drop the Chromebook off at the Welcome Center (11 Peavey Rd., Chaska).  You will be notified when the device is repaired and is ready to be picked up.


Summer Use  /  Screen Time

Visit these online resources for information:


What are the expectations of students over the summer with the District issued Chromebook?

  • Students will fully charge the Chromebook at least once a month.
  • 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.
  • Students will report any damage or loss to the welcome center during the summer or the media center at the school they attend once school resumes.
  • Students will use their district issued chromebook for educational purposes only.
  • Students will not download unnecessary or questionable games/apps that are not for learning.
  • Students will work with parents on how to use this learning device over the summer.

See full ECCS Technology and Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

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Access and Device Information

Device Specifications

Device Specifications & Bring Your Own Device

Below are specifications of devices provided most frequently for student use in classrooms. Computer hardware and software used for education qualify for Minnesota’s income tax K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction (please read this information from the Department of Revenue or consult your tax preparer).  For BYOD the Windows-based laptop will provide the most flexibility for a wide range of student courses from elementary through high school. This information is not provided as an endorsement of one product over another, these are the specifications of devices currently being purchased to support our classrooms.

 

Chromebook
Lenovo N23 Chromebook 80YS
Intel Celeron-N3060
11.6″ HD TN antiglare, non-touch screen with sound and web cam
4GB LPDDR3 Ram
16GB eMMC SSD
Wireless-AC WiFi access
Spill protected touch and keyboard with reinforced hinges and drop-resistant.
Dimensions: 11.5 by 8.19 by 0.86 inches

 

Dell Chrombook 11 for Education
Intel Celeron-N2840 Processor
11.6” Anti-Glare HD LCD, non-touch screen with sound and web cam
4GB DDR3L memory
16GB eMMC SSD storage
Intel Wireless-AC 7260 802.11AC WiFi Wireless Card
Spill protected touch and keyboard with mil-spec tested for drops, spill, vibration.
Dimensions: 11.7 by 8.6 by 0.8 inches

 

Windows Tablet
Microsoft Surface Pro 4
Intel Core i5 – 1.9Ghz
8 GB RAM
256 GB hard drive
Surface Pro Type Cover
Windows 10 Pro

 

Windows Laptop
Dell Latitude E54 70
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Intel Core i5-5300U
14.0in HD (1366×768), anti-glare LCD, Camera
4GB single-channel DDR3L
128GB Mobility Solid State Drive
Intel dual-band wireless AC 7260 802.11ac/a/b/g/n 2×2
Light-sensitive webcam and noise cancelling digital array mic

 

Bring Your Own Device
Students who use their own computing device will be required to install a non-mobile version of Chrome or compatible browser. Some classrooms may use extensions or applications that only work in the Chrome browser or Chrome operating system. iPads, Kindles, smartphones and Android tablets may not be usable because they do not support all the demands of the district’s curriculum. Direct support from district or school staff for students who bring their own device will be limited. With the variety of devices available and an  endless number of configurations that can be installed, students will be expected to manage their own personal devices.
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:

Comcast- call 1-855-846-8376 or visit www.internetessentials.com (En Español – https://es.internetessentials.com/)

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

  1. Turn wireless hotspot on.
  1. A wireless network called 112Mobile will appear on your device.
  1. Connect to the network for access.

Please ensure the Hotspot is powered off when not in use.  

Remember:

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

Editing Offline Google Files (Docs, Sheets, Presentations, Drawings)

(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.

offline icon
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.

Chromebook FAQ

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 Chromebook is being distributed to students (measurements)?
The Dell Chromebook 11 is the device that was distributed for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school year. It measures 11.7 by 8.6 by 0.8 inches
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.

How do I sign up more than 2 devices for the damage waiver plan?
The process the family should follow is to go online and signup for 2 insurance purchases ($50) for 2 of the devices. After you have purchased the 2 you should contact any of their children’s schools and let that school know that you would like request insurance be provided for their other children Chromebooks.
What if a student loses the power adapter?
Eastern Carver County Schools will provide each student with a power adapter when he/she first receives the device. Lost power adapters are the responsibility of the family to replace. Current Specifications Spec 65 watts 3.34A 19.5V Current model # m1p9j other common compatible Dell #s PA-12 PA-2E
Will students be able to bring home the Chromebook at night & for the summer?

Yes. Because the Chromebooks represent a deliberate effort to expand learning beyond the boundaries and schedule of school. It is vital that students have access at home. That’s what personalized learning is all about!

As we move forward with personalized learning, there will be opportunities to continue to learn over the summer. Students can keep their device when school is out for the summer. Students who do not want to store/keep the device over the summer can turn it into their school. Students will be required to turn in /exchange their devices after 5th or 8th grades, when exiting Eastern Carver County Schools (ECCS) or upon graduation. If you are leaving ECCS, a student is required to return the device to the main office of the school in which he or she is currently enrolled. Any Chromebook not returned will be considered stolen property and law enforcement agencies may be notified.

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.