1:1 Chromebook Initiative

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1:1 Chromebook Initiative

I am excited to update you on the progress of our Chromebooks initiative in grades 9-12.  BBCS will be implementing a 1:1 program and has purchased a device for every student in the High School. Parents are not required to purchase a device for their students. 1:1 means that every student will have the same device.  After much research and product testing, we have chosen to use the Asus C300S Chromebook.The 1:1 Initiative is directly tied to the Berean’s goal that all students will have the technological skills to be successful at college and better prepared to serve Christ in a technology-rich and globally connected world.

In preparation for this opportunity, Berean Baptist Christian School has increased wireless capacity and upgraded network connections to support multiple devices. Additionally, because safe online behavior is a priority, content filters have been installed on each device that will work regardless of the internet source.

Staff will continue to develop the materials, plans, and resources needed to facilitate and inspire student learning.

Device Insurance

Each family will be required to purchase insurance for each device.  This insurance will cost $50 per Chromebook with a maximum of $100 per family. There will be no deductible charged on claims. The insurance covers accidental damage (drops, cracked screens, liquid spills), liquid submersion, theft, fire or flood, vandalism, natural disasters, and power surges due to lightning.

Requirements to Receive a Chromebook

Students will be issued their Chromebook at the beginning of each school year. In order to receive a Chromebook, the following steps must occur:

  1. Students and parents must attend a Chromebook Orientation on August 27, 2018, or come to the school to watch the video recording of the Chromebook Orientation.
  2. Students and parents must read and agree to all policies and procedures for use, care and maintenance of the Chromebook. Chromebook Care & Usage Handbook
  3. Students and parents must have a current Acceptable Use Policyon file.

  4. Students and parents must purchase insurance through the school to cover accidental damage to their device.  Chromebook Insurance Policy

What Classes will use Chromebooks?

All classes will use their Chromebooks through Google Classroom and other G Suite Software. Google Docs, Slides, and Forms will be used frequently. Currently, Bible, Science, and History will be using eTextbooks. Students will be able to download their books to these classes to their device. English, Math, Speech, and other electives will still have a standard textbook.

What else will the Chromebooks be used for?

Student Email

Every student will be given an email address through bereanschool.com which will be used for school classroom communication. Parents will still be contacted for school affairs.

Student Cloud Storage

Every student will be given online storage through Google Drive. This is basically a free virtual hard drive that will be primarily used for submitting homework and receiving assignments from teachers.

Student Productivity Apps

Every student will be given a full suite of apps that includes Google Docs (word processing), Google Sheets (spreadsheet), Google Slides (similar to PowerPoint), Google Calendar, and more. This FREE suite of apps will mean you will not need to purchase any software for your child to do school work. We are giving you everything!

 


Along with these new tools, students are also being taught about digital citizenship and what it means to use technology in a proper, responsible, safe and God-honoring way.  If you have ANY questions or concerns, please contact me. We desire to keep you informed and excited about the new technology improvements coming to BBCS to make our great school even better to God’s glory!


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