1:1 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Why 1:1 computing?
- How will this help my child as a student?
- Will this eliminate the personal touch of teaching?
- Will having computers make the students isolated?
- Will computers in the classroom be distracting?
- Will this enable cheating or plagiarism?
- What is included?
- What happens if the computer does not work or is accidentally damaged?
- What should I do if the computer is lost or stolen?
- Can I modify or upgrade the computer?
- Who will own the computer?
- What are my responsibilities?
- Is there filtering on Chromebooks?
- What are acceptable uses of this and all OPRF technology?
- What happens if the student breaks the rules relating to the 1:1 program?
- Can my child bring the computer home at night and on weekends?
- How will the computer connect to the school’s wireless network?
- How will the computer connect to home networks?
- Where should the computer be stored while at school?
- What about battery life?
- Do my student and I have any privacy with materials accessed by or created on the computer?
- Where do I go if I need help with the computer?
- Can you help me setup my home printer, wireless, network connection, etc.?
- How will my child learn to use the computer?
- What if students do not want to take a Chromebook home with them?
- What if my student forgets her/his Chromebook or forgets to charge it?
- What is the maximum liability if the device is damaged, lost or stolen?
- Are the devices students are taking home equipped with cameras and microphones?
- Does OPRF have the right to access these devices and record at any time and any place?
- Where can my student print her/his assignments at the High School?
- What home printers can be used with my student’s Chromebook?
1. Why 1:1 computing?
The purpose of a 1:1 Program is to prepare students for their future: a global digital world where they will be expected to use information and technology to create, examine, explore, communicate and collaborate. Students leverage mobile computing at school and at home for their coursework, research, and collaboration. Integration of technology in the classroom expands the possibilities of teaching and learning.
2. How will this help my child as a student?
Integrating technology into the classroom will extend the learning experience beyond the confines of the classroom by leveraging technology to solve problems, gather and evaluate information, and disseminate work efficiently. One-to-one computing facilitates student focus and attentiveness in class through learning that is either self-paced and individualized or collaborative and cooperative.
3. Will this eliminate the personal touch of teaching?
Not at all! Our goal is to have the students equipped with a tool that increases engagement and achievement, and individualizes student’s learning experiences. Teachers recognize that technology integration is only one of the many tools they can and should utilize in the design and implementation of lessons. The relationship between teacher and student is an important one and will not be replaced by the use of computers in the classroom.
4. Will having computers make the students isolated?
Studies show that students involved in one-to-one computing programs increase communication with teachers and other students. They also increase their teamwork skills. The computers also lend themselves to enhancing projects done as a group.
5. Will computers in the classroom be distracting?
Computers are a tool that must be managed, just like pen and paper. The teacher is in control of the class and at any time can tell students to put down their pens or close the screens in order to have their full attention.
6. Will this enable cheating or plagiarism?
All computers will have software installed that allows teacher monitoring of the computers during class time. This monitoring is a huge deterrent to misuse. Also, many classes already require students to submit any written work to Turnitin.com, an on-line plagiarism service to which OPRFHS subscribes. Cheating and plagiarism are always considered very serious offenses and are dealt with according to the OPRF Student Code of Conduct. OPRF will continue to help students understand and apply responsible and ethical standards in their work.
8. What happens if the computer does not work or is accidentally damaged?
OPRFHS will handle hardware and software support for these devices. Students should bring their broken devices to room 271 (Technology Help Desk) for repair. Students will be given a loaner while their device is being repaired. Cases of loss or theft should be reported immediately to the Technology Help Desk. Please refer to section 6 (Appendix A and Appendix B) of the Student Acceptable Use Policy for details on the disposition of lost, damaged, and stolen devices.
9. What should I do if the computer is lost or stolen?
If loss or theft occurs at school, the student should immediately contact the Student Intervention Directors' office and/or school resource officer. If a loss or theft takes place off of school property, in addition to reporting the theft to the OPRF principal, the student and his/her parent/guardian are responsible for immediately contacting the local authorities, filing the appropriate police report, and obtaining a copy of the police report.
10. Can I modify or upgrade the computer?
Hardware upgrades or modifications to the computer are prohibited including, but not limited to, additional memory or hard drive upgrades. Should modifications be made to the computer, such modifications will become the property of OPRF.
11. Who will own the computer?
OPRF. The student will have the right to possess and use the device during their continuing active enrollment at OPRFHS . The device must be returned if the student stops attending school at OPRF or has his or her rights terminated.
12. What are my responsibilities?
13. Is there filtering on Chromebooks?
OPRFHS provides basic filtering of pornography and gambling on all Chromebooks both in and out of the school. When on-site and connected to the school network, there is a robust firewall that provides more granular filtering.
For families that want additional security at home, there are several suggestions. AT&T Parent Filter and Comcast Parent offer home solutions for their subscribers. In addition, OpenDNS is a free home filtering option that can work on any device you use.
15. What happens if the student breaks the rules relating to the 1:1 program?
The student may be subject to discipline under the OPRF Student Code of Conduct and other actions, including criminal and civil legal action, as deemed appropriate by the technology director and the Student Intervention Director.
16. Can my child bring the computer home at night and on weekends?
Yes. The computer is for the student’s use at school and home. The student must follow all rules regarding use whether at school or at home.
18. How will the computer connect to home networks?
Computers can connect to standard wireless networks at home if they are available. If necessary, please contact your internet service provider for assistance with logging on at home. Note that if neighbors have networks that are unsecured, students may be able to log onto those networks at home even if the family does not have a wireless network of its own. Parents are expected to supervise their children’s uses of the internet at home, and are on notice that OPRF will not be liable for any use of 1:1 hardware or software at home.
19. Where should the computer be stored while at school?
While engaged in school activities, computers should be locked in students' primary lockers. There should be no Chromebooks in the Athletics or PE locker rooms, on playing fields, in the auditorium during play practice, etc.
20. What about battery life?
The computer has a primary battery that has an expected life of seven hours. Students are required to plug in their computers each night so that they will have fully charged batteries for the next school day.
21. Do my student and I have any privacy with materials accessed by or created on the computer?
No. The district may monitor, record, and document use of the computer and other property to the extent allowed by law. Students should not believe that just because they access or create materials at home or off school property that they have any privacy. OPRF, as the owner of the computer and other property, has a right to access it and record it at any time and any place for legitimate, legal purposes, and the district reserves the right to do so as it deems necessary.
23. Can you help me setup my home printer, wireless, network connection, etc.?
No. We cannot be responsible for support for any devices or networks outside of the school. You may want to call a local fee-for-service tech support company for assistance with home tech services.
24. How will my child learn to use the computer?
All students must attend a training session to pick up the computer. Students will log in and learn the basic functionality of the computer and its software. For any other questions please contact Marci DiVerde, email@example.com.
25. What if students do not want to take a Chromebook home with them?
We are not currently planning to offer an option for storage, and the expectation is that students charge them every night. Students will have the option of picking up a loaner device every morning and dropping it off at the end of the day. However, there may be cases when the Chromebook is required to complete an assignment at home, so we would strongly recommend they are taken home.
27. What is the maximum liability if the device is damaged, lost or stolen?
We are not offering insurance for this program. However, if the device is damaged or lost, we will consider the circumstances of the event and make a judgment at that time about liability. The maximum liability for the devices is $400. If the device is stolen outside of school, the family should file a police report. Again, we will make a judgment at that time about culpability.
29. Does OPRF have the right to access these devices and record at any time and any place?
Yes. According to our policy we do have that right. However, we have never enabled these devices for the purposes of remote monitoring and have no plans to do so.
Here is a link to the printers (and their locations) where students can print their assignments.
Here is a link from Google which lists the printers supported on the Chromebook.
For any other questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.