Frequently Asked Questions
Chromebook Logistical Questions
One-to-One (1:1) refers to a ratio of students to computers. One to One implies that each full-time Newton North and Newton South 10th grader student will be issued his or her own laptop Chromebook for both home and school use.
Over the past 10 years, technology has created innovative mechanisms for teaching and learning. We expect the infusion of technology to encourage student collaboration, improve access to a wider variety of resources, provide additional ways of teaching creativity and critical thinking skills, and challenge students to adapt to new learning environments. We also must ensure that all students have equal access to the technology, which we believe enhances the learning experience and helps students develop critical skills for their future. While we believe that there are many excellent classroom practices that do not require technology, we also expect the new technology to foster continued innovation in teaching and learning.
Technology provides teachers and students with access to information and tools that enhance their learning experience. It also provides opportunities for students to share and collaborate with each other. When all students have a device, teachers can take advantage of these opportunities in real-time every day in the classroom.
Most teachers at the middle and high schools have been using the available Chromebook carts for the last few years and are familiar with these devices and related apps. The Chromebooks are fully compatible with the cloud-based set of digital tools and resources (G-suite: Google Apps for Education) currently used by teachers and students. In addition, Chromebooks are cost effective from both a financial and technical point of view.
When every student has a device, the district ensures that all students have access to the same tools and resources. It also allows us to decrease any use of smartphones in the classroom for academic purposes. We are excited about the possibilities for instructional flexibility, personalized learning, and collaboration provided by Chromebooks.
We currently restrict access to certain sites and limit the ability to download specific applications. These restrictions and limitations will remain in place.
Yes. Students will keep their Chromebooks over the summer.
Chromebook cases will be available for purchase at each of the high schools.
May I purchase the Chromebook when my student graduates?
No. We will not allow families to purchase the Chromebooks at the end of your student's time in the Newton Public Schools.
I am leaving the Newton Public Schools. What do I do with my Chromebook?
If you leave the school system it is your responsibility to return the computer to the school.
Will student screentime be limited?
Chromebooks are another teaching and learning tool that we are introducing into the classroom. Teachers will incorporate the use of the Chromebook as needed. If a teacher feels that the Chromebook is the best tool for a lesson then he/she will use that tool to support learning.
Is there a way to monitor or block what my child can access on his/her Chromebook?
Home Internet providers have parental controls that can help filter content. Many also allow parents/guardians to also manage devices that are connected to the home network. We encourage parents/guardians to reach out to their Internet provider for information on filtering content at home.
My child has a laptop. Is he/she required to have this Chromebook?
Yes. Just as we ask students to have a particular textbook for class, we require that each student have the same laptop for schoolwork. The Lenovo 300e has very specific capabilities. We hope you appreciate that teachers will be able to plan lessons with more confidence knowing each student will have the identical computer.
What if I do not have internet access at home?
Comcast and Verizon offer low cost options for families who qualify. Visit the links below for more information.
Are we required to pay anything for my child to receive a Chromebook?
No. You do not have to pay anything upfront for this device.
Will all students eventually be provided with a device?
Given the success of our smaller pilot last year, it is the goal of the Newton Public Schools to eventually provide a personal technology device to all high school students. Feedback from the 2018-19 school year pilot will be used to determine the most strategic rollout of the program. District budgets will also impact the speed of expansion of the 1:1 technology program and will be evaluated in the coming years.
What if my student forgot his/her Chromebook?
Students are expected to bring it each day. We don't plan on providing a chromebook for the near future to students who did not bring the Chromebook to school. We hope to get the students in the routine of bringing a charged Chromebook each day.
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What if my student has a problem with the hardware?
Students will need to report the computer issue via an online ticketing system. While waiting for a repair, students will be given a loaner computer that he/she can keep until their original device is returned.
An optional insurance policy will be presented to families before the roll out of the devices and be available during a limited enrollment period each year. Insurance can only be purchased outside of those timelines by students new to the district that were not enrolled at the time of the purchasing window.
If a laptop is damaged beyond repair and needs to be replaced, NPS will evaluate replacement options on a case by case basis. A student may be held responsible for some or all of the replacement costs and possible disciplinary action.
An optional insurance policy will be presented to families before the roll out of the devices and will be available during a limited enrollment period each year. Insurance can only be purchased outside of those timelines by students new to the district that were not enrolled at the time of the purchasing window.
What if my student's Chromebook was stolen or lost?
In cases of theft, vandalism, fire and other criminal acts; parent/guardians should report to the dean’s office. The dean will connect the family to a youth officer that can help file a police, or fire, report. This report MUST be filed by the parent/guardian in order for a replacement laptop to be requested.
Laptop battery life depends greatly on how much the laptop is used. A typical battery charge on a Chromebook should last approximately 10 hours. Students are expected to enter school each day with a full charge on their Chromebooks.
At this time, students cannot access Google Drive files when offline. Chromebooks need to be connected to the Internet in order to login and access an account.