What Chromebook is Recommended? HP Chromebook 11 G6 or higher model (e.g. G7 & G8 ) - Education Edition which is appropriate for the work students will be completing at school. This device has been specifically selected to be compatible with the current 4-8 grade curriculum. In addition, the Chromebook 11 G6 - Education Edition is designed for school use as it is a sturdier product and similar to what the district purchases for the classroom. Purchases can be made on Amazon.com.
How many of my student’s textbooks are available online? Many of our student textbooks are now available for students and families to access online, but this varies depending upon the grade level. Only grades 4 - 8 will be allowed to bring their own device to school at this time. In addition, many of the teachers in our District are regularly utilizing Google Classroom tools to deliver instruction to their students.
Will my student be able to use their Chromebook at home? Yes. Students will have access to a secure network while they are at school. At home they will be able to use their Chromebook on your home wifi network. Our students’ district Google accounts can be accessed from any compatible device.
What level of support is provided for devices students bring from home for use at school?
Students will be supported in ensuring that their device is able to access the district network and curriculum. Any support needed for hardware or software is the responsibility of the owner of the device. For warranty repair please contact Lorne Zeni at firstname.lastname@example.org. The web URL and physical address of Zytech Solutions is listed below:
Are Chromebooks still available at school? Yes. Chromebooks will still be available at school; however, the District does not have the funding to provide one device per student at every school. We are supporting a BYOD model in order to increase student access to technology at school. Our goal is a 1:1 ratio across our District, which would allow us to more effectively utilize technology to deliver and enhance the curriculum throughout the school day.
Why is EUSD promoting increased use of digital devices when it contributes to increased eye strain? Most curriculum programs in core subject areas are becoming digital. It is anticipated that in five years, almost all programs will require digital devices for access. We are aware that there are possible disadvantages to a 100% computer-assisted teaching and learning environment. Our message to our teachers have always been that technology is a tool, among many, and to reach all students, we have to use the diverse tools available for instruction. To prevent eye strain, our teachers realize that on-screen time must be monitored and paced so that there is ample time for rest and movement. Backpack weight is a serious concern for students.
How will the use of Chromebooks help mitigate back strain due to overweight backpacks? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child’s backpack weigh no more than 10 to 20 percent of a child’s weight. Consumer Reports recommends keeping the weight closer to 10 percent of a child’s weight. As more curriculum becomes digital, it is anticipated that heavy hardbound textbooks will become increasingly accessible via the web, along with other supplemental resources. We see a trend of curricular programs becoming digital; as an example, almost all science programs currently available right now, aligned to the new Next Generation Science Standards, are web-based.