1:1 DEVICE INITIATIVE
One of the key lessons taken away from the 20-21 school year was that learning can take place at any time and in any location. Funded in large part through Federal dollars to address device access, Burlington School District was able to purchase enough Chromebooks to equip each student from grades 5-12 with a device.
The devices are part of a 1:1 technology initiative in which students will receive a device to use for school-related purposes that enhance deeper learning activities through personalized learning instructional strategies, increased engagement and interactivity, access to educational resources, and shared learning practices. With the goal of enhancing student education, the initiative is focused on upgrading student educational experiences and adapting the classroom environment for the benefit of academic outcomes.
BSD has had technology offerings for students since 2015 with the introduction of Chromebook carts where classes could check out the resources for specific work. Following the success of these efforts, more and more Chromebook carts were purchased and filled. With the events of 20-21 behind us, it was clear that a 1:1 initiative was the logical next step. BSD is in the process of enhancing our local networks as well as our connectivity to the outside world to ensure a robust experience. Additionally, BSD worked to ensure that the devices operate as a secured environment. Work included limiting access to non-educational sites on and off of BSD campuses, enhancing the wireless network, providing digital resources, and establishing clear practices for device usage.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does 1:1 mean?
Every Burlington School District middle and high school student can receive a device to use for school-related purposes, including note-taking, assignments, tests, research, presentations, and asking questions. Students use their devices in class and take them home to use for homework.
Why does BSD support a 1:1 model of instruction and learning?
Technology is an important learning and teaching tool. The device, software, and applications enhance teaching and learning activities. Key areas of focus are student engagement, access to higher-level questions and activities, student self-assessment, parent monitoring of student progress and teacher assessment of learning. Technology use is an important component of many post-high school challenges, including college, university and work. The 1:1 model better prepares students for success in school and beyond.
When are these devices issued to students?
Students receive their devices according to their school’s beginning of the year schedule. Beyond the beginning of the year, students will be issued a Chromebook upon enrollment.
What is required for a student to receive a Chromebook?
Student Chromebooks will be assigned once:
· The student and their parents/guardians have reviewed the Burlington School District Acceptable Use Agreement, have accepted the terms and have returned the signed Agreement to their school.
· The student and their parents/guardians have reviewed the Student/Parent Chromebook Agreement, have accepted the terms and have returned the signed Agreement to their school.
Are these devices considered district property?
Yes, these devices are checked out to students much like textbooks, and students are required to return their Chromebook in good working condition. Failure to return the device may result in appropriate collection efforts and a possible stolen property report to law enforcement.
In addition to the device, what other items are issued to the student?
Each Chromebook comes with a case and a power adapter. These are also considered property of Burlington School District and must be returned when the Chromebook is returned.
Can a student “opt out” of the 1:1 initiative and not receive a device?
Yes. However, more and more curricular resources are becoming available in digital format. To assist in being successful in their classes, students will need to have access to digital course content. Also, BSD encourages all students to have the technology skills to become successful in their future endeavors. In today’s technology-driven world, a device is a tool, like a textbook, that is part of a student’s learning process.
Will a student receive the same device upon their return at the same school the following year?
Yes. Once assigned a device, students will continue to receive the same device as long as they remain enrolled at that school.
Are there fees associated with the 1:1 program?
Only in cases of damage or replacement. In the event of damage the student/parent will be billed for the cost of the damage or the replacement cost of the Chromebook. If the damage is deemed accidental, there will be a $25 charge for the cost of the first repair each school year. This does not apply to warranty repairs. If subsequent repairs are required during the school year, or if the damage is deemed intentional due to neglect, the student/parent will be charged the fees determined by the cost of the replacement parts and labor, not to exceed $250 per repair. If the Chromebook is lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair, the student will be responsible for a replacement cost of $250.00.
Does my family homeowner’s insurance cover breakage and damage to my student’s device?
Please contact your personal insurance provider to inquire about policy coverage, as BSD cannot provide such advice.
Who is responsible for loss, theft or damage to the device while at school or home?
Students and parents are 100% responsible for the assigned device. This includes the costs to repair and/or replace the device.
What if a student’s device needs to be repaired?
Students/Families should contact their school. The student will speak to school staff regarding the repairs needed, the applicable costs and estimated repair completion date. Certified technicians will repair the device as quickly as possible. In some cases, a loaner device will be issued to the student, at the discretion of district staff, for the duration of the repair.
Can a student complete the coursework without a device while it is being repaired?
Yes. Students may be given a loaner device to use while their assigned device is being repaired. The loaner device may not have equivalent performance or features.
How can I clean a Chromebook?
To clean a Chromebook:
· Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
· Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
· Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
· Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
· Don’t get moisture into any openings.
· Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives.
· Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.
To disinfect a Chromebook:
· Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Chromebook product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces.
· Don’t use bleach.
· Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Chromebook in any cleaning agents.
What if a student moves or transfers to another school or district?
Students are required to return the device to the school if they transfer to another school or withdraw. The device must be in good working order and be returned with all components (Chromebook USB-C cable and Chromebook power “brick”). Failure to return the device and accessories is a criminal violation.
Do students have to bring their devices home if they already own a computer or tablet?
Students are required to take their devices to and from school, unless alternative arrangements have been made in advance.
Are there issues if students have unlimited access to the internet?
The Chromebook has security features and filtering intended to protect and prohibit students from accessing inappropriate materials on the Internet. This security and filtering applies to school, home, and other networks, such as public libraries, restaurants, and airports.
When can students access the school’s internet Wi-Fi capabilities?
The school’s Wi-Fi is always on. Students can access it whenever they are on campus or from parking lots nearest to the school building.
Does this 1:1 initiative eliminate the need to bring textbooks home?
No. This program does not eliminate textbooks; however, using technology to the fullest extent will reduce the number of printed textbooks being used. This is determined on a course-by-course basis.
What access do students have when they use their Chromebook?
Students have the ability to use approved educational apps. In addition, they will have access to Google Workspace for Education apps: Chrome, Gmail, Drive, Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Chat, & Meet. Students do not have the ability to modify impactful settings, use a VPN, erase settings, add or remove apps, use Voice assistants, or any other settings controlled by the District.
Can students still use their own devices?
Yes. Students may use their own devices and/or cellphones to complete learning tasks per teacher and school guidance, however, some capabilities (interactive classroom activities) as well as resources (apps, testing tools, etc.) available on district Chromebooks may not be available on personal devices. Any device that has Wi-Fi-capability can access the school’s internet on the BSD LAN network. The district technology staff is not able to assist students if their personal technology is malfunctioning. Any act that violates responsible use on a personal network and/or device, occuring on BSD property or during an BSD sponsored event, may be subject to disciplinary action.
What are the consequences for inappropriate use of the devices?
Students must use the device in compliance with BSD Policy JS regarding appropriate use of technology. The student and parent acknowledge that they have read this policy, including its regulation, and understand that violation of this policy will result in a loss of privileges and further disciplinary action.
What does a student do with the device during PE?
During PE, devices should be secured in the student’s locker, unless the device will be used during the class or activity. Instructors give students directions about device needs as they enter the classroom.
Is the Chromebook heat, cold, and water-sensitive?
Yes. Students should use care when storing their devices and should not leave them where they could get damaged by the weather or other elements.
Will a student need to turn in his or her Chromebook at the end of the school year?
Yes, the school-provided devices will be collected, much like textbooks are distributed and collected. Chromebook accessories must also be returned. No third-party accessories will be accepted.
If a student returns to the same school the next year, will he or she get the same Chromebook?
That is the intention, though it is not guaranteed.
The District strives to provide a robust and safe Internet experience for students. To that end, we have utilized various technologies from different vendors to ensure both a seamless and safe educational experience for all stakeholders. Some of the vendors used include:
We are constantly evaluating and testing both our current technologies as well as emerging ones to provide the district with the best possible online experience.