1:1 Technology FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for the 1:1 Chromebook Program 
at Saint Elizabeth School

Q: What is the goal and mission of the 1:1 initiative?

A: Our goal is to combine technology with effective instructional practices to empower students, enhance learning, and increase student engagement. Our vision is a Christ-centered student-focused learning environment with endless possibilities of personalized instruction, differentiation, and collaboration of teachers and students. 

Q: How will 1:1 change the culture of the classroom?

A: Technology in the hands of each student enables greater collaboration, a skill identified as being essential for our children to further succeed in their globalized future.  Sharing, project-based learning, problem-based inquiry, and teamwork are integral to today’s classrooms. With technology as an aid, students will be encouraged to become creators versus passive consumers of content. Additionally, student and teacher work can be stored in a digital cloud.  If a teacher or a child is absent due to illness or travel, work continues because communication remains intact. Online resources are always available.  And then there’s that all-important rewind button: because teachers will have the ability to record and post their lectures or activities, students can reabsorb pre-recorded lessons outside the classroom.

Q: Will devices in the classroom depersonalize my child's school experience?

A:  No, just the opposite. Not all children learn in the same way. Technology enables a multitude of modalities to deliver material in different ways and better assesses mastery by offering a variety of ways for students to present their knowledge.  Learners progress at their own pace and receive instant gratification as skills are mastered.  Teachers receive instant feedback so they can track student progress and target a more individualized approach based on each child's learning style.  Ongoing teacher professional development will focus on not just using technology, but how to better maximize face-to-face time with students. 

Q: What about Internet safety?

A: Your child is instructed in ethical digital citizenship.  Protective filters at both school wireless and device levels are installed to keep everyone safe.  The school's Acceptable Use Policy, as well as our guidelines for technology in a Chromebook classroom, will be taught, enforced, and clearly conveyed to your child and to you as parents. 

Q: Will unsafe or inappropriate websites be filtered on the devices? 

A: Following federal CIPA and COPPA guidelines, we do our best to ensure your child’s online experience is safe. Before each Chromebook device connects to the Internet, it must pass through school network firewalls and filters. This happens whether the device is browsing on campus on school-owned networks, or off-campus using another WiFi router that is providing the Internet connection. Because of security settings built into the device, it must first route its Internet connection back through our school security settings (firewalls and filters) before any website or online resource is accessible. If your child is using the Chromebook at school, at home, or at a public library, it will always pass through our web filtering and network firewall system before they can see or access web content. Our web filters are programmed to block inappropriate content as much as possible.

Children’s Internet Protection Act: http://transition.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/cipa.pdf 

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule: http://1.usa.gov/1LFUM2T 

Q: Will the school provide charging stations? Will teachers receive power strips for their classrooms so students can charge their Chromebooks? If a student forgets their Chromebook or has a dead battery, will there be extra Chromebooks available for that day? 

A: Because the student Chromebooks have a battery life of approximately ten hours, the Chromebook will be treated as any other school supply. Just as students are expected to bring other supplies to class, they will be expected to charge their Chromebooks before the school day. We will not be providing charging stations or power strips beyond what’s already available on campus. Students should establish a routine at home for charging devices. In cases of emergency, Chromebooks will be available for students to check out with possible limitations and not due to forgetfulness.
Q: What does GAFE mean and how does it work?

A: Each student and staff member has a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account, now G-Suite. This resource is an integrated communication and collaboration solution, hosted by Google and managed by Saint Elizabeth School. G-Suite presents the ability for Saint Elizabeth’s 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 school’s digital ecosystem. A benefit of moving to Chromebooks is the fluid integration of Google programs. Students will have complete access to their G-Suite account and the numerous assistive tools embedded into each application from any electronic device with Internet access. 

Q: Will students be able to print from their Chromebooks? 

A: Digital online file sharing between staff and students is one of the great advantages of the Chromebooks and is an easy and efficient way to distribute and turn in assignments without printing. It also saves on paper, ink, and toner use, therefore saving the school money.  All student accounts are connected to WiFi printers in their classrooms. There are ways to print from Chromebooks, but it’s not encouraged.

Q: Will all courses have online textbooks? 

A: No, not all courses will have online textbooks. As new textbooks need to be purchased, classroom sets with online licenses and resources will be bought. Teachers can also look at using primary sources and other resources to supplement or replace textbooks as appropriate for each discipline. 

Q: What type of training will teachers receive before, during, and after 1:1 implementation? 

A: Our instructional technology coach works closely with building administration and faculty to plan and embed professional development opportunities for everyone. Professional development opportunities include attending conferences, professional development sessions led by teachers and the instructional technology coach, embedded instructional support in and out of the classroom, and resource videos and documents shared through our faculty learning Google Drive. 

Q: Can we buy our own Chromebook instead of using the school issued Chromebook?

A: Unfortunately, no. All Chromebooks used in the classroom must be school issued since devices will be logged into the school network while in use. A school-issued device develops a consistent and standard approach to student experiences and decreases the distractibility that might come from a personal device with personal apps and extensions. Every variation in configuration brings another potential point of failure or complication to increase tech support and response which impacts classroom teaching and learning.

Q: How much is this going to cost my family?

A: The Chromebook is valued at $350 and the great news is that thanks to our CPTA and efforts to augment the school’s operating budget, Saint Elizabeth School will fully fund this purchase.  We ask that each student in our 1:1 initiative pay an annual $100 user fee to cover maintenance and support of this program. This user fee does not replace the technology fee assessed to all families through tuition. Each student will be responsible for any out-of-warranty damages incurred to their assigned device outside the warranty and deemed "customer induced." Those costs will vary depending on the specific damages.

Q: Can the school track students’ web histories?

A: Yes. The school can track information on what sites students were on, when they were on them, and how long they were on those sites. Students should only visit sites that are approved by the school or faculty and those that are not in violation of any Acceptable Use Policy. It is recommended that parents/guardians frequently talk with students about safe web searching. 

Q: As a parent, what kinds of limits should I set on my child’s “screen-time”? How does the Chromebook affect my rules at home?

A: We hope that our 1:1 Chromebook program will help students learn and maintain good digital habits that will last a lifetime. Any rules that you have about computer use or Internet access should apply equally to your child’s Chromebook use. Keep in mind, however, that more class content will be digital via the Chromebook. This may require students to extend their educational screen time to meet class requirements. We work to engage all learners in determining and applying a digital balance in their lives.

Q: Are students allowed to take their assigned Chromebook home during the summer?

A: It is our intention to collect school-owned Chromebooks at the end of the school year in order for students to have that opportunity to “disconnect” and get away from the constraints and norms of what happens during the school year. However, we also realize there are multiple opportunities for extended learning and reducing “learning loss” or “summer slide.” Should a family decide to request a summer check-out:
  • Summer use must be requested through the school office. 
  • A student must be registered for the next school year and in good standing. 
  • Arrangements must be made to check-in the Chromebook for an evaluation and pick up after 48 hours. 
  • A check-out form is required to review the condition of the device and is signed by the student and parent/guardian. 
  • The same expectations during the school year for care, damages, loss and/or theft apply. 
  • The Chromebook will be returned to the school one week prior to the start of school for evaluation and clean up.