• Chromebook 1:1 (Senior Years)
  • Chromebooks in Education
  • Model
  • Device Care
  • Internet Safety
  • FAQ
  • Agreements

Introduction

Chromebook 1:1 Information Sheet (PDF)

The goal of the Hanover School Division is to achieve Deeper Learning through dynamic learning environments, collaborative learning partnerships, current pedagogical practices, and leveraging digital technology. By embedding digital technologies into classroom practice, we accelerate, amplify, and add value to learning.

Chromebook 1:1 will enhance learning by creating a personalized student-centred learning environment, where every student in Grades 9 & 10 has access to a Chromebook in school and at home. This 1:1 environment will further support collaborative inquiry, and expand learning beyond the classroom.

Why a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop, running Chrome OS as its operating system. It is designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet. Chromebooks have fast startup, are known to be reliable, require low maintenance and are not susceptible to software viruses. Chromebook also integrates seamlessly with Google Apps for Education (GAFE).

Who will be receiving a Chromebook?

In the fall of 2016, all students in Grades 9 & 10 will receive a new HP 11 G4 EE Chromebook. This is the 4th generation of the HP Chromebook, the first in a rugged shell for educational use. This is the first phase of the 1:1 learning environment, additional grades will participate in future years.

Requirements

  • Student has a signed Responsible Use of Technology Agreement on file (Digital Citizenship).
  • Student and Parents/Guardians have reviewed the Chromebook 1:1 Policy FAQ and Guidelines as listed on this website.
  • Student and Parents/Guardians have read and accepted the Chromebook 1:1 User Agreement.

Why Chromebook?

Easier. Faster. Chrome devices can instantly be personalized for learning by each student or teacher, and are easy to manage, making them an ideal solution for bringing the power of the web to classrooms. Learning doesn’t stop when the school day ends, so why limit access to applications, collaboration tools and homework resources after school?

Introducing the Chromebook

Learning Beyond the Classroom

HP 11 G4 EE Chromebook

For the 2016-2017 school year, all Grades 9 &10 students will be provided with a new HP 11 G4 EE Chromebook. This is the 4th generation of the HP Chromebook, however the first in a rugged shell for educational use.

Built for Students

Because students can be some of the most demanding users when it comes to technology, HP designed the HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE with their environment in mind. At 20 mm thin and just 2.7 pounds, the fanless HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE is the thinnest rugged Chromebook for Education designed to pass MIL-STD testing. With rugged construction accents like co-molded rubber edges, the device passes HP’s 70 cm drop test to help protect it from occasional bumps with lockers and drops from desks.

Chromebook3The spill-resistant keyboard helps keep the Chromebook safe from water-related accidents and includes smart features like a 180-degree hinge that allows the Chromebook to lay flat for easy collaboration, as well as an optional IPS panel that provides wide viewing angles, perfect for students working together on a project. And for those Google Hangouts study groups, built-in noise suppression technology makes everything sound great.

Inside, students will find an Intel® Celeron® processor for fast access to their applications and up to 9.5 hours of battery life to get through even the longest school day.

Chromebook Specs:

  • HP Chromebook 11 EE G4 Rugged
  • Intel Celeron N2840 2.16 GHz Processor
  • DDR3L SDRAM – RAM: 4 GB Memory
  • 16GB eMMC Flash Storage
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 6 HD AG LED SVA 1366 x 768 Display
  • Bluetooth 4.0;
  • IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wireless
  • Chrome OS

Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts (PDF)

Chromebook Care & Tips

  • Do not add any stickers or any other decorative items that would alter the appearance of the Chromebook from when you received it
  • Do not tamper with school tags that are present on the Chromebooks.
  • Use both hands when opening the Chromebooks.
  • Do not hold the Chromebook by the screen.
  • Always close the Chromebook before walking with it. Remember, it has an 8-second startup.
  • Chromebook2Never pack your Chromebook with other materials. Keep it separate from textbooks and other heavy objects that could potentially damage the screen.
  • Keep food and drink away from your Chromebook.
  • Treat your Chromebook as a valuable material–do not leave it lying around.
  • Do not use any chemicals or other liquids to clean your Chromebook.
  • Use microfiber cloth to wipe down the screen.

Powering your Chromebook

  • Chromebooks are required to be fully charged when you arrive at school each day.
  • When charging, be sure to place the Chromebook in an area that will prevent people from tripping from the power cord. This could injure the person and/or damage the Chromebook.
  • Determine a consistent place to charge your Chromebook at home.
    Take care when plugging in and unplugging the power adapter from the Chromebook.
  • Never travel or put the Chromebook into a backpack with the power adapter connected to the Chromebook. This can damage the cable.

Protecting your Account

  • Anytime you leave your Chromebook on your desk, close the lid so that no one can access your documents.
  • Do not share your Chromebook with anyone unless your teacher asks you to do so – In that case, be sure to sign out before you hand your Chromebook to the other student!
  • Do not share your password with anyone!

Internet Filtering

The Chromebook is a supportive online learning tool, for use in the classroom and at home. With any Internet access, there is potential for students to stumble across harmful content or become distracted by videos, games, social media, and more.

To protect our students and encourage educational use, HSD has purchased GoGuardian, an advanced web filtering and activity monitoring service for Chromebooks. GoGuardian keeps students safe when they’re online, at school and at home. This service cannot be turned off by students, and operates in the background regardless of device location. Safety and security measures include:

  • Web Content Filter – Customizable protection against harmful or distracting content
  • Advanced YouTube Filter – Granular control over which videos and comments students can see
  • Flagged Activity – Recognize concerning behavior based on customized terms and keywords
  • Theft Recovery – Quickly locate Chromebooks that have gone missing
  • Off Network Filter – GoGuardian provides around-the-clock protection for students away from school

HSD is confident in the effectiveness of this product for our Chromebooks, but we also recognize that there are no perfect filters. For that reason, Students are educated regarding online safety and best practices of digital citizenship, and we encourage parents/guardians to engage in discussion with their children on such matters.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your school. As always, we appreciate your feedback as partners in the education of your children.

GoGuardian Product Information Sheet

Digital Citizenship

HSD is committed to educating responsible citizens who RESPECT, EDUCATE, and PROTECT themselves and others. Use of the Chromebook is governed by Responsible Use of Technology Agreement, which includes the following student committment:

As a student of the Hanover School Division, I will…

  • Protect my personal identity, and not reveal any such information online
  • Avoid accessing, not create, nor forward inappropriate or offensive online material
  • Respect the privacy of others, and not share their personal information online
  • Obtain permission of individual(s) before sharing any photographs, or video about them
  • Not use technologies to degrade, defame, bully, or harass others
  • Follow copyright laws and fair use guidelines for electronic content
  • Not post, or download illegal software, music, movies, or content
  • Report any concerns, misuse, or abuse of technology to my teacher or school designate
  • Take full responsibility for, and respectfully use any technology available to me
  • Use personal technology only when permission is granted, and keep it stored away when not in use
  • Connect only to school-approved Wi-Fi sources or networks
  • Turn off all peer-to-peer software (music, video, file-sharing) when using personal technology at school

FAQ

Why a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop, running Chrome OS as its operating system. It is designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet. Chromebooks have fast startup, are known to be reliable, require low maintenance and are not susceptible to software viruses. Chromebook also integrates seamlessly with Google Apps for Education (GAFE).

Who will be receiving Chromebooks?

In the fall of 2016, all students in Grades 9 & 10 will receive a new HP 11 G4 EE Chromebook. This is the 4th generation of the HP Chromebook, the first in a rugged shell for educational use. This is the first phase of the 1:1 learning environment, additional grades will participate in future years.

Are students required to purchase the Chromebooks?

No. The Chromebook is a school resource. Just as HSD currently provides text-books and other instructional materials, the division will also supply the Chromebooks at no cost to students.

Who owns the Chromebook?

HSD owns the Chromebook at all times. The device and charger are loaned to the student for educational use and must be returned at the end of the school year.

Will my child take this device home?

Yes. Your child will take the device home each night so that they can extend their learning beyond the school day.

Do parents/guardians need to sign an agreement prior to their children receiving the Chromebook?

Yes. Any student under the age of 18 will require parental/guardian consent (a signed Chromebook 1:1 User Agreement). This agreement indicates responsibilities, limitations, and liabilities for device usage.

Can I opt-out my child from receiving a Chromebook?

Yes, although we highly recommend that all parents/guardians agree to participate. Without a Chromebook, your child may not have after-school access to school work or collaboration opportunities in the same way other students do. Each school will have a limited amount of Chromebooks available for use (sign-out) during school hours. If opt-out is preferred, please contact your child’s school to discuss further.

Will any sensitive or personal information be stored on the Chromebook?

No. Data is not stored locally on a Chromebook. So if device is lost, there is no concern regarding data.

Will students use their Chromebook in classes?

Chromebooks are a great device for accessing the web, typing notes, doing research, and a host of other tasks using a variety of web-based applica-tions. Chromebooks will be used at each teacher’s discretion to help meet the needs of their class. By providing a mobile device to each student we believe the curriculum will be enhanced, by extending learning opportunities both inside and outside of our classrooms.

Will Chromebooks change what students are currently learning?

By providing a mobile device to each student we believe the curriculum will be enhanced by extending learning opportunities both inside and outside of our classrooms.

How much of my child’s day will be spent on the Chromebook?

The Chromebook is a supplemental tool, not a replacement for a teacher instruction. Students will periodically use their Chromebooks throughout the day, as required by curriculum and instructional staff.

What applications will be pre-installed on the Chromebook?

Chromebooks will have Google Apps for Education Suite (GAFE) installed.

Does my child need Internet service at home for this device to work?

No. The Chromebook can be used offline. If access to the Internet is pre-ferred or needed, the device can connect through home Wi-fi, or via a hot spot at a public library/local business.

Will Chromebook Internet content be filtered?

Yes. HSD provides filtered network access when at school. When away from school, Chromebooks have built-in Internet content filtering that cannot be turned off by students. Although content is filtered, it is important to note that no filter is 100% effective. Internet content changes rapidly and no filter can keep up. The HSD filters are updated in real-time (as soon as updates are available).

Will students be able to charge their Chromebooks at school?

One of the strengths of the Chromebook is its exceptional battery life. When fully charged, the Chromebook battery should last the entire school day. Students are expected to bring a fully charged device to school each day. A limited number of charging stations will be available at the school.

What happens if my child forgets to bring their Chromebook to school?

The Chromebook will play an integral role in classroom instruction, so it’s extremely important that students bring their Chromebooks to class every day. In most instances, students will be able to sign-out a temporary Chromebook for the day from the school library. Chromebook availability and procedures for day-time rental, may vary from school to school.

What if the Chromebook is lost, stolen, or damaged?

Students are fully responsible for device protection and care at all times. Parents/Guardians have the option to pay $15 (per school year) for Chromebook insurance. This non-refundable insurance premium fully protects against loss/damage of a Chromebook. If insurance option is chosen, payment is due upon the signing of the Chromebook 1:1 User Agreement. Coverage allows for a maximum of two claims per school year:

  • First Claim – No charge
  • Second Claim – Parents/Guardians pay additional $50 deductible
  • Third Claim – Parents/Guardians responsible for full cost of repairs and/or replacement of device.

Hardware defects, or repair issues resulting from normal wear/tear, will be repaired at no cost to the student and not require a claim. If student intentionally damages the Chromebook, the resulting claim may be denied.

Parents/Guardians declining insurance coverage assume full risk of loss, theft, and damage in all circumstances, and agree to pay the lesser of device repairs, or device replacement cost (value $325).

If Chromebook is damaged, will my child receive a new Chromebook as a replacement?

HSD ICT Services will assess Chromebook damage and determine if repairs are possible. In such instances where full replacement of device is necessary, HSD will provide either a refurbished, used, or new device.

My child lost their AC Charger. Can it be replaced?

Yes, AC Chargers are available for purchase from the HSD ICT Services Dept. for a cost of approx. $30. Alternatively, if Parent/Guardian has chosen insurance coverage – there is the option to replace the cord via insurance claim.

Does the Chromebook require anti-virus software?

No. It is not necessary to have antivirus software on Chromebooks because there are no running programs for viruses to infect.

Will students be able to keep their Chromebooks over the summer?

The Chromebook and AC power charger must be returned at the end of the school year. Students who graduate early, withdraw, or terminate enrollment in HSD for any other reason must return their Chromebook on the date of termination.