Chromebooks - Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is a Chromebook?
Answer: A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. To learn more about your new Dell Chromebook 11, check out the QuickStart Guide. Want to learn more about Chrome OS? Take a look at Google's Chromebook Tour. And for more information, check out Google's Chromebook page
Question: Why did we choose the Chromebook as the device for students?
Answer: We chose the Chromebook for many reasons. Over the past few years, we have found that the teachers and students preferred the Chromebook over other devices we have to offer at school based on usage patterns of the different devices and informal polling of classes. Since our School District uses Google as a platform for communication and workflow, Chromebooks fit seamlessly into our instructional environment. Our students have Gmail accounts and have received instruction on how to effectively use their gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive, and other Google applications as a part of our sixth grade computer course curriculum. For the 2015-16 school year, we piloted a Chromebook 1:1 with the A-Team students in 6th grade. It proved to be very successful and helped us make the final decision about choosing Chromebooks.
Question: Will students be able to take the device home?
Answer: Because we recognize that there is opportunity for students to continue to create and collaborate while at home, we do allow students to take the devices home. The student should always leave the power charger at home at all times.
Question: What if a student experiences a problem with their Chromebook?
Answer: If students experience a problem with their Chromebook or it is in need of repair, they should let their teacher know right away. In addition to Mr. Marshall and Mr. Walsh, we will also have a building tech support person in the Library to take care of Chromebook problems.
Question: What if a student forgets to bring their Chromebook to school?
Answer: If student forgets their Chromebook, they should see their Advisory teacher and they make a phone call home to see if the Chromebook can be dropped off at school.
Question: Can I purchase another Chromebook charger?
If you would like to have a second charger, click here for information on how to to purchase one.
Question: How will we partner to ensure students know how to safely and appropriately use the device?
Answer: Sixth grade students will be given digital citizenship instruction and all students will be given instruction by Mr. Marshall and Mr. Walsh through team core classes. The district's acceptable use policy will be reviewed and in effect. The UCFSD website also provides tips on digital citizenship for parents. While students are on-campus, the District will be providing web filtering and controls. Once students are allowed to take the Chromebooks home, it will be the responsibility of the parent and student to ensure proper monitoring and use of the Chromebook during off-campus hours.
Question: Can you print from a Chromebook?
Yes. But, in order to use a printer with Google Chrome OS, the printer must be Google Cloud Print-ready. Printing on a Chromebook is a different experience than on a Mac or Windows laptop. Here's an article from Google about cloud printing. It shows you how to set up your Cloud Print printer and what to do if you don't have one: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1069693?h...
Question: Will faculty or staff be able to access or control the webcam on the device?
Answer: No. Faculty and staff will not have access to remote control the webcam in anyway. Administrators cannot control the webcam.