The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and Charles F. Patton Middle School are committed to preparing our students for a 21st century global society. To that end, after piloting a 1 to 1 Chromebook program for A Team 6th Graders in 2015-16, every student at Patton was issued a Chromebook beginning with the 2016-17 school year. We continue to see these advantages for students:
- Increased opportunities for collaboration, communication and creativity
- Increased student engagement in a personalized learning environment
- Increased use of technology to enhance teacher instruction
- Improved access to both teacher content and robust internet resources to foster acquisition of knowledge and skills
Parents can pay the Chromebook Fee (management and insurance) by visiting the RevTrak website at: https://ucfsd.revtrak.net
Would you like to purchase a second Chromebook charger?
Click here for more information on the Dell 11 USB-C charger
The Chromebook - and it's sibling, the Chromebase - is a type of computer designed to get you on the web as quickly as possible. All Chrome devices are powered by the Google Chrome operating system, which has been developed to provide a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web. A couple of reasons we like them here at Patton are:
- Students sign in with and are connected to their school Google account
- All work is done in a web browser and saved on the web, which is great for us using Google Apps
- Chrome devices start up fast and last all day long
- The device will always be up-to-date
Want to learn more about Chrome OS? Take a look at Google's Chromebook Tour
For more information, check out Google's Chromebook page
Google Chrome Apps and Extensions: What's the Difference?
An App is an application or program that runs in the browser that takes you to a website. There is user interaction within the app. Examples include games, photo editors, audio recorders, concept map making, and video recorders and players. Apps are located on Chrome start pages (new tabs). They are full icons in the Chrome Web Store.
An Extension enhances the user experience, adds productivity to any website when using the Chrome browser. There typically is little user interaction. Examples include URL shorteners, timers, screen captures and readability aids. Extensions are located on the right side of the omnibox. They appear as puzzle piece icons in the Chrome Web Store.
Below is the list of Patton-approved apps and extensions. Do you have an app or extension that would like approved? Just e-mail Mr. Marshall!
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.
- Take good care of your new Chromebook. You are always responsible for your own Chromebook. You should never share your personal login information, or let any other student use your Chromebook.
- Handle your Chromebook with great care. Do not carry or hold the Chromebook in the air by the screen/display. Never place a heavy object or a lot of objects on top of your Chromebook.
- Always place your Chromebook into it’s protective case before moving to your next class.
- Keep food and drinks away from your Chromebook.
- Keep your Chromebook clean. Do not write on or decorate your Chromebook. Do not remove identification labels placed on your Chromebook by district personnel.
- Do NOT spray or wipe your Chromebook with any Windex/household cleaner/water and/or cleaning cloth/wipes. Clean your Chromebook keys and screen with a lightly moistened, soft microfiber cloth.
- Charge your Chromebook every night at home.
- If you close the lid of your Chromebook, you will help save the battery.
- When you plug in your Chromebook to charge it, look for the charging light indicator. This will assure you that your Chromebook is being charged.
- Charging a Chromebook could take up to 2 hours. Therefore, plug it in to charge and go do something else.
- If you would like to have a second charger, click here for information on how to to purchase one.
- If you are experiencing a problem with your Chromebook or it is in need of repair, please let your teacher know right away. In addition to Mr. Marshall and Mr. Walsh, we will have an additional building tech support person in the Library to take care of Chromebook problems.
- If you forget your Chromebook, see your Advisory teacher and they will give you a pass to see the building tech in the Library. She will give you a loaner Chromebook for the day, which you must return before dismissal.
- If your Chromebook has been misplaced, lost or stolen, please let your Advisory teacher know immediately!
The Dell Chromebook 11 has two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and an SD Media Card Reader slot through which you can connect external devices. Most USB devices and memory cards will install easily and automatically when plugged in. This includes:
- USB flash drives
- SD memory cards
- A USB mouse (or a wireless connector for USB mouse)
- External hard disk drives with USB interface
The Chromebook is first and foremost an educational device. It is essential that this agreement be followed to ensure the safe, efficient, and ethical operation of these devices. As with all devices used in our schools, the UCFSD Acceptable Use Policy remains in effect.
Visit ucfsd.revtrak.net to view and submit the contract and pay the Chromebook fee.
You may also download the Chromebook Contract here.