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Chromebook Initiative

Chromebooks were distributed to 8th grade students prior to the start of the school year to enhance the learning environment at Norton Middle School. At the December 12, 2016 meeting, the Norton School Committee approved using School Choice funds to expand the Chromebook program to include 6th and 7th grades. We have scheduled parent information sessions for January 18th and 19th. If a parent/guardian attended an 8th grade meeting earlier in the year, they do not need to attend a session for their 6th or 7th grader. A letter with more information was sent to families on Friday, January 6th and can be viewed below. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email to Karen Winsper, Director of Instructional Technology, at kwinsper@norton.k12.ma.us or through Let's Talk.

6th and 7th Grade Letter to Families

6th and 7th Grade Chromebook Distribution

Chromebook distribution for 6th and 7th graders will take place at Norton Middle School on the dates and times listed below. Parents or guardians are required to attend one of the sessions unless they attended a session for their 8th grade child in the Fall. Students will attend an information session during the school day. In the event that the meeting dates/times don't work for your family, an individual meeting will need to be set up with in order to complete the orientation and mandatory Chromebook meeting.

All students and parents will need to review the 1:1 Chromebook Handbook and sign the loan of technology agreement prior to receiving the Chromebook. We expect students will be assigned the same Chromebook each year for at least three consecutive school years. Therefore, if a student does not take care of their assigned laptop, they can expect to have that same, damaged machine back the next year. It is in everyone’s best interest to take good care of the devices.

The Chromebook Handbook is published below.

January 18th –Orientation session for parents/guardians 3:30 pm

January 19th – Orientation session for parents/guardians 6:30pm

Orientation session for 7th grade students during ICE period.

January 20th- Orientation session for 6th grade students during ICE period.

January 23rd-27th- Chromebooks will be distributed to 7th grade students.

January 30th-February 3rd- Chromebooks will distributed to 6th grade students.

Please contact us via Let’s Talk or directly through email with any questions or concerns:

Karen Winsper kwinsper@norton.k12.ma.us
Vincent Hayward vhayward@norton.k12.ma.us

Chromebook Handbook

You can download a PDF version of this handbook by clicking here.

Required Paperwork

All students who will be issued a Chromebook must have an Acceptable Use Policy and Loan of Technology Agreement signed and returned prior to receiving the device. If a student will be utilizing their own device, a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy must be signed and returned prior to bringing the student owned device to school.

Acceptable Use Policy

Bring Your Own Device Policy

Loan of Technology Agreement

Chromebook Initiative FAQs

What was the cost of Chromebook?
Replacement cost of the Chromebook is $272.50

Did the school purchase a warranty when they were purchased?
We purchased an extended warranty for the Chromebooks which will cover the devices for one instance of accidental damage. The warranty doesn't cover loss or theft.

If there is damage to the book during the year, what would the cost be?
The first time there is accidental damage, there is no cost to the family. If you believe your child might have more than one "accident," the optional insurance plan might be something to consider. The insurance coverage is outlined on the Chromebook Initiative webpage.

Where can I get a replacement charger?
Visit this Charger Buy link for an exact replacement.

At the end of the year when the student turns it in, does the school technician go through the Chromebook to look for damage?
When we collect the Chromebooks prior to summer vacation, the technology staff will go through the devices to prepare for the following school year. Any damage that is identified will be communicated with families. Students will receive the same Chromebook they received this year for the next two years.

Why does the student need the Chromebook? Is there a program on it that’s needed that our home computer doesn't have?
We are providing devices to all our middle school students to allow for equitable access to technology both in and outside of the classroom. Teachers will be using Google Apps for Education (internet based/available on all devices) and other internet based programs within their classrooms. If your home computer has internet, it also has access to Google Apps for Education.

Does the Chromebook print? If so will it print from a home wifi or only at school?
We are encouraging students and staff to share documents via Google Drive rather than printing. Google Classroom is a tool teachers are using to facilitate the sharing of assignments between students & teachers. We do know that some assignments need to be printed. In this case, a Cloud Printer would be needed to print from a Chromebook. Your child is able to access all assignments and documents saved in Google Drive on any computer with internet access. He/she would be able to print from a computer directly connected to a printer.

If we choose to not let our child have one, will they be able to use one in class?
If you prefer that your child not participate in the Chromebook Initiative, there are desktop computers that would be made available for your child to complete electronic assignments. You may also elect to have your child bring their own device from home to be used during class time. If you choose the BYOD option, we ask that families sign the BYOD policy that can be found online at https://goo.gl/9kD2oM

Why did you start the 1:1 program at the Middle School and not at Norton High School?
The wireless infrastructure at NMS was completely updated during the 2013-2014 school year. The NHS wireless infrastructure, at the time of planning this 1:1 initiative, was not adequate to meet the demands of an additional 200 devices. We were able to update the wireless at NHS over the summer of 2016 and it it now capable of handling a 1:1 environment.

What happens if my child forgets to bring his/her Chromebook to school?
The Chromebooks will be considered a tool for learning just like pens, pencils, books and notebooks. Your child should be responsible to safely and securely bring the device back and forth each day. We understand that there may be instances where a device is left at home. Each classroom teacher will have one additional Chromebook available in class in case this occurs. If more than one student forgets his/her Chromebook during a given class, teachers may provide alternative means for completing assignments.

My child's Chromebook is damaged or not working. What should he/she do?
Have your child notify a teacher who will contact the Technology Department. Please refer to the Chromebook Handbook for information regarding accidental damage vs. negligence.

My child has their own device at home. Can they use it at school instead of a school issued Chromebook?
If your child prefers to bring their own device, it doesn't have to be a Chromebook. The only requirements are that the device is able to access the Internet, have the ability to download/utilize specific programs as identified by classroom teachers, and access Google Docs either through a browser or through apps. Typically, teachers are using Google Classroom and other online tools. You would need to sign the BYOD policy if you choose to go this route.

What is the security like on a Chromebook?
Visit this page to learn more about the multi-layers of protection included on each Chromebook.


Optional Device Insurance

Parents/Guardians may purchase additional insurance to cover the cost of accidental damage, cracked screen, liquid damage, or theft. Visit our page on the Worth Ave. Group to sign up.

8th Grade Chromebook Distribution

Chromebook distribution for incoming 8th graders will take place at Norton Middle School on the dates and times listed below. All 8th graders must attend one of these sessions with a parent or guardian in order to receive their Chromebook. In the rare event that none of these meeting dates/times work for your family, an individual meeting will need to be set up with Karen Winsper, Director of Instructional Technology, in order to complete the orientation and mandatory Chromebook meeting.

All students and parents will need to review the 1:1 Chromebook Handbook and sign the loan of technology agreement prior to receiving the Chromebook. We expect students will be assigned the same Chromebook each year for at least three consecutive school years. Therefore, if a student does not take care of their assigned laptop, they can expect to have that same, damaged machine back the next year. It is in everyone’s best interest to take good care of the devices.

The Chromebook Handbook will be published online.

August 29th –Chromebook pick up and orientation for 8th grade students & parents/guardians 6pm

September 1st – Chromebook pick up and orientation for 8th grade students & parents/guardians 10am

September 14th – Chromebook pick up and orientation for 8th grade students & parents/guardians 5:45pm

Please contact us via Let’s Talk or directly through email:
Karen Winsper kwinsper@norton.k12.ma.us
Vincent Hayward vhayward@norton.k12.ma.us


8th Grade Letter to Families

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