FCSD Digital Learning Initiative: Chromebook 101


Introduction

FAQs

Parent/Student Brochure

Chromebook 101

Timeline

Resources

 

Getting Technical: The Chromebook

External Devices

Chromebooks have several ports for adding external devices like headphones and USB flash drives.  Students will need to check with their teacher whether or not these external devices are acceptable.

Signing In

In order to sign in to the Chromebook, you'll need a FCSD issued email address and password.  Without an FCSD issued email address users will be unable to use a FCSD issued Chromebook. A standard gmail account will not be able to access the Chromebook.  If you are unsure about your FCSD issued email address and/or password please contact the Helpdesk.

Trackpad

There is a central trackpad (directly in front of the keyboard) that correlates hand movement to mouse movement on the screen. The trackpad allows users to click via a soft tap or a firm pressdown of the trackpad button. If users simultaneously touch and press down the track pad with two fingers a option menu appears much like a right click with a traditional mouse. Other movements like two finger scrolling and pinch to zoom are useful features.

Offline

Since a Chromebook is a web-based tool, it has limited offline capabilities. In the event of a failure of the school/district WiFi network users wishing to use or access files while not connected to the Internet this can be done so through the offline options in the Google Drive settings console. For further information on this process, please go to the 2-min Tech Tutorials video on the process. It is also important to note, that users must be sure to sync content while connected to the Internet in order to have access to content while offline.

Troubleshooting

Chromebooks have a very simple operating system, there are a set of basic functions that you can use to troubleshoot the device.

  1. If an individual web site is not operating or its buttons seem to be inactive, please reload the page.  

  2. If problems continue, consider restarting the Chromebook using the power button. This process should only take 20 to 30 seconds.

  3. If there are issues with the internet connection, make sure that you are connected to the FultonCSD WiFi network. This connection information can be found on the bottom right section of the Chromebook display.

  4. If there are still problems and you still have trouble connecting, please contact the Helpdesk.

 

Student Responsibilities

Device Care

  • Handle the Chromebook with care. This means do not write on, modify, draw on, scratch, damage or deface it in any way.

  • If stains or fingerprints become a problem, use a dry, soft cloth to remove.

  • Never alter, remove, unplug or swap any internal component.

  • Immediately report problems with devices to a staff person.

  • Do not have food or drink near the Chromebook.

Accidental Damage

  • Immediately report any problems or damage to a staff person.

  • Procedures are in place to get a temporary replacement Chromebook into students' hands after an accicental damage incident.

Intentional Damage

Minimum Action:

  • Meeting with the parent, teacher, and/or administraton.

Additional Actions as Deemed Appropriate:

  • Required to seek additional assistance in learning proper procedures before user is allowed to continue the use of the computer equipment.

  • Administrator/parent contact.

  • Referrals and conferences involving various support staff or agencies.

  • Development of behavioral contracts.

  • Confiscation of inappropriate item(s).

  • Responsibility for costs and damages incurred.

  • Denial of participation in class and/or school activities.

  • Denial of access to electronic information networks, or use of all computer equipment and network resources for a period of time to be determined by the administrator after consideration of the offense (generally 3-5 days).

  • In-school suspension from one (1) to five (5) days

  • Out of school suspension from one (1) to five (5) days.

  • Superintendent’s hearing.

  • Referral to appropriate civil/law enforcement agencies. Secondary students may be liable for civil and criminal consequences.

Internet & Network Use

  • Treat Internet-based storage systems used for classroom assignments as school classroom storage space.

  • Do not share usernames or passwords, or use another person’s account.

  • Use the internet for class-related learning and research only.

  • Save only class-related files on district network and cloud storage.

  • Play music or computer games only if specifically allowed by the teacher.

  • Do not install, uninstall, copy to or remove programs, games, simulations or files owned by others on Chromebooks.

  • Never attempt to “break” into any part of a security system on the Chromebooks, or assist someone attempting to do the same.

  • Never attempt to circumvent school district content filters using cell phone Wi-Fi hotspots or other methods.

Privacy & Digital Citizenship

  • Never publish yours or others personal identifying information when accessing or using the Internet to publish text, images, audio, or video per student assignment.

    • Personal identifying information includes but is not limited to: last name, username and password, personal email address.

  • Abide by policies and procedures in the Student Handbook, including those policies regarding plagiarism and copyright.

  • Do not use social media or other websites to harass, discriminate or threaten the safety of others. Students who hear about the use of a website in school that that is not respectful or makes others feel uncomfortable, should report this to a teacher, and must not respond through the website or comment.

  • Privacy Expectation and Notice - no expectation of privacy should be assumed.  District staff will have access to district Chromebooks and data at all times.

Content

  • Speech that is inappropriate for the classroom is not appropriate for Internet or class products. Students should create thoughtful and respectful products.

  • Save only class-related files on district network and cloud storage.

  • Students are responsible for all content that is created, stored or associated with their account on the district devices and services.

 

Screen Time Concerns: Passive vs. Creative

Passive Screen Time

This is defined as2:

  • Browsing social media sites

  • Watching videos

  • Browsing the internet

  • Playing games (including "educational" games)

Passive screen time in and of itself is not necessarily bad, but as the goal of instructional technology is to empower students to be the creative force behind learning, passive screen time will be limited in the FCSD.

Creative Screen Time

This is defined as2:

  • Learning a new skill

  • Coding a game, website, animation, app, etc.

  • Making digital music

  • Problem solving in games

  • Digital photography and editing images

  • Creating and editing videos

  • Making an animation

The largest component of screen time should be creative.  Research supports the use of instructional technology in the creative process as a beneficial and healthy use of devices.  Screen time can be more properly though of in terms of its contexts (where, how, when and with what effects children are accessing digital media), content (what they are watching and using) and connections (how digital media are facilitating or undermining relationships)1.

1Blum-Ross, A. and S. Livingstone (2016) Families and screen time: Current advice and emerging research. Media Policy Brief 17. London: Media Policy Project,  London School of Economics and Political Science.
2TechAge Kids. Passive vs. Creative Screen Time. November 2016. http://www.techagekids.com/2016/11/passive-vs-creative-screen-time.html