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1:1 Planning Questions

  • May 10, 2018 4:22 PM
    Message # 6148008

    Hello out there, EP is ramping toward 1:1 Chromebooks in the next couple of years.  Questions for anyone who has done this already:
    1.  Would anyone be willing to share their 1:1 policy and/or student use guidelines?

    2.  What is the lifecycle planning schedule other districts are using for Chromebooks?  3, 4, 5 years?

    3.  If you purchased cases or sleeves for your Chromebooks, any recommendation on where to buy them at a decent price?  We are going to need ~3000 of them

    Thank you,
    Ben Russell


    Last modified: May 10, 2018 4:22 PM | Ben Russell
  • May 11, 2018 6:42 AM
    Reply # 6148848 on 6148008

    Hi Ben,

    We have a number of resources for you on our website: policies, policy guide, protocols, etc.  Here is the link.

    Bristol Warren has a five year device plan.  I just noticed I have not posted it on the website.  I will do that but give me a jingle if you want to discuss.

    We purchase cases from the following vendor.  They come with a one year warranty and are replaced by us sending a picture of the damaged case.

    James M. Koch
    Account Specialist, Volume Cases
    561-571-2523 | www.volumecases.com

  • May 11, 2018 8:48 AM
    Reply # 6148876 on 6148008

    Hi Ben,

    You are welcome to take a look at our materials on the website. Its largely for parents, but explains the program. We are 1:1 windows laptop at PHS and 1:1 chromebook at PMS.

    http://fosterponaganseths.ss11.sharpschool.com/cms/one.aspx?pageId=4338456

    We had been refreshing every 3 years. It may depend if the students take them home. Our original device aged poorly. Motherboards failed the minute the 3 year warranty was up. We've switched now to an HP with Gorilla glass. So far so good but we're only a year in. HP does tend to be much harder to repair yourself because of how they are built. But they are generally holding up better.

    We give the middle school students bags. Frankly doesn't seem to help, but better than nothing. Most damage for us is cracked screens and stepping on them. The admin team is working on it. But its always a challenge.

    I would suggest taking a look at Go Guardian if you can afford it. Makes a huge difference in monitoring  the device and controlling for academic use. We've helped a lot of students who were researching scary things. 


    Ann


  • May 15, 2018 12:16 PM
    Reply # 6201796 on 6148008

    Thank you for sharing the data and policies!

    We have been evaluating GoGuardian for about a month now.  I have used it in multiple schools before and am always impressed with their new features.  Admin 2.0 and Smart-Alerts have brought to light several potential self-harm warnings for our district.  We have formulated an entire process around responding to those alerts but it is scary to this type of activity has been going on in our schools, during the day, and we were unable to see any of it with traditional web content filtering (iBoss).



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