Q: Who will receive a Chromebook at St. Peter?
A: Students in grades 6-8 will receive a Chromebook to keep with them during school and take home as part of the 1:1 initiative. All students starting in Grade 1 will use Chromebooks as part of their Library/Computer block in the Media Center where there are 28 shared-use Chromebooks.
Q: What is a Chromebook anyway?
A: A Chromebook is a lightweight networked device that is meant to be used primarily while connected to the Internet. All content and applications are stored in the “Cloud” – or on the Google Servers that host the Google Apps for Education infrastructure. A Chromebook is an example of a thin client. Instead of Windows, or Apple’s OSx, Chromebooks run Chrome OS, Google’s operating system. Because of this Chromebooks primarily are designed to use Google’s suite of applications.
Q: What happens if my childs Chromebook is damaged, lost or stolen?
A: If anything happens to the Chromebook, please report it immediately to St Peter School so we can assess the incident and take appropriate action.
Q: Is the Chromebook durable enough to stand up to typical student usage?
A: Like any laptop computer, Chromebooks do need to be handled with care.
Q: Do parents need to sign a contract?
A: Parents and Students must sign a Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy as well as the Google User ID Acceptable User Policy.
Q: What happens if I do not sign the agreements for my child?
A: Your student will not receive a Chromebook to take home.
Q: Will the Chromebook contain all of the student's textbooks?
A: While a movement to digital textbooks is in our plans, we are not ready to totally replace student textbooks with digital textbooks at this time. However Social Studies is using Pearson’s digital textbook this year. Look for more content to be moved online in the future.
Q: Will the Chromebooks be filtered for safe content?
A: We run two levels of security for the Chromebooks. The first level is Google Safe Search, which is locked on all Chromebooks and for all Student Google Accounts, as part of the Google Apps for Education environment. Safe Search is Google’s Search product that aims to blocks offensive material. However, it is important to understand that no filtering product is 100% fool proof. Google Safe Search is connected with YouTube Safety Mode – both are locked on for all student users. You can read about Google Safe Search here.
The second level of security is OpenDNS which is now owned by Cisco. This is a content filtering solution that blocks sites by category and also allows the school to allow or block certain sites by URL. Please note no content filtering is 100% foolprooof and teachers and staff need to monitor behavior and useage at all times.
Q: Who can use the Chromebook?
A. Each Chromebook is enrolled specifically to each student, and only that student may sign in to the Chromebook. Other accounts or guest browsing is not permitted.
Q: What if I don't want my child to bring the Chromebook home?
A: Please discuss with Mrs. Lewis-Bowen to review your concerns and see if a solution can be found.
Q: Will students be able to keep their Chromebooks over the summer?
A: No, students will have to turn in their Chromebook by the end of the school year.
Q: How should the Chromebooks be cleaned?
A: The Chromebook can be cleaned with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the Chromebook.
Q: Will students be able to download Apps from the appstore?
A: The installation of apps and themes is turned off at this time. Requests for apps to support student work should be sent to Mrs. Lewis-Bowen
Q. What if I don't have wireless internet (wifi) in my home?
A. An ethernet to VGA adapter can be used to connect Chromebooks to the wired Internet. Please contact Mrs. Lewis-Bowen for more information or to get an adapter.
Q: What if I don't have internet at my house?
A. There are affordable options for Internet access at home. A good place to start is the website called Everyone On: https://everyoneon.org/ From there you can search for affordable Internet access programs in your community. Alternatively, stop in to the Media Center to speak with Mrs. Lewis-Bowen.
Q: What if my child prefers their own computer?
A: Parents have the option of having their student use a personal device at home, but all students will be expected to use Chromebooks at school to allow teachers to plan for uniform instruction.
The work of the Mary Catherine and George Hoff Technology Center ensures that Saint Peter School students are equipped with the technology and digital knowledge and skills required to be successful learners and leaders in the 21st century. First established in 1998 and rededicated in 2015, the Hoff Technology Center has evolved, moving beyond its early days as a space primarily for teaching core computer understanding and skills. Its functions and capabilities have advanced as the world has become more technology intensive and technology has permeated the curriculum. Now combined with the library’s books and resources, the Hoff Technology Center serves as a central classroom for students to acquire essential technology skills and expertise and as a lab for developing greater digital fluency.
The Hoff Technology Center was made possible by a gift from Ted Hoff and Kathleen O’Connell in memory of Ted’s parents, Mary Catherine and George Hoff, who were passionate supporters of Catholic education. Ted and Kathleen’s sons, Tommy and Michael Hoff, are proud alumni of Saint Peter School.