1:1 Chromebook Program
Bentonville Schools believes that a 1:1 program is important. Why?
The need for consistent access is a priority. Technology is integrated into all Arkansas course standards. Appropriate use of technology throughout the curriculum is necessary for success in learning all Arkansas course standards. In addition to the traditional view of literacy, our students must be information, media and visually literate. Consistent access allows for these important contemporary literacies to flourish in classrooms.
It is our belief that an Internet-connected device will be required for our students as they enroll in college and or enter the professional arena. With this belief in mind, we believe that students should learn how to effectively manage a device. Students are responsible for the Chromebook’s general care and content accessed through the device.
Chromebooks represent a new space in technology. This space is between mobile options such as a tablet and the portable space anchored by laptops. The Chromebook needs little if any maintenance. It is a completely web-based device so there is no need for downloading or installing. The way a Chromebook operates reduces the need for technical support. Student work on the Chromebook automatically saves to the cloud and in particular the Google cloud. This makes it ideal considering Bentonville Schools is a Google Apps school district.
Who owns the Chromebooks—the students or the school? What happens if my child breaks or loses his or her Chromebook?
Chromebooks that are issued as part of the 1:1 program are the property of Bentonville Schools. However, each student issued a Chromebook by the school district will have access to that device 24/7. Stakeholders will have to adhere to school policies governing the use of technology. The Bentonville Schools Chromebook Protection Plan (CPP) is available to protect your student's district-issued Chromebook.
Who is responsible for updating the device (software and applications)?
The Chromebook operating system, Chrome OS, updates itself automatically. Students do not need to manually update their Chromebooks. Chromebooks use the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection against viruses and malware, including data encryption and verified boot. By logging in with their school email account Chromebooks seamlessly integrate with the Google Apps for Education suite of productivity and collaboration tools. This suite includes Google Docs (word processing), Spreadsheets, Presentations, Drawings, and Forms.
As a parent, what kinds of limits should I set on my child’s “screen time”? How does the Chromebook affect my rules at home?
We hope that our 1:1 Chromebook program will help students learn and maintain good digital habits that will last a lifetime. Any rules that you have about computer use or Internet access should apply equally to your child’s Chromebook use. However, please keep in mind that more class content will be digitally accessed via the Chromebook. This may require students to extend their screen time to meet course requirements.
Will there be Internet filters on the Chromebooks? How will these works when my child has to do research for projects or assignments on the Internet at home?
Yes. Internet content filtering is in place on the Chromebooks while at school and when the student uses other wireless networks outside of school. The Chromebook initiative is a joint partnership between the school, students, and their parents. The devices will be subject to the same Acceptable Use Policy restrictions and discipline procedures applied to all other technology infractions.
What if my child does not have access to Wi-Fi at home?
Chromebooks have the ability to be placed in offline mode enabling the student to use their Google Apps for Education Account without being connected to the internet.