Region 12 is utilizing Chromebooks, powered by Google with our students. The devices are slightly different from traditional computers and tablets. A Chromebook, "the (always) new computer", is essentially a netbook or an Internet-based computer. With no traditional hard drive or downloaded software, a Chromebook is powered by the Internet, and in this case, Google's Chrome Internet Browser. All programs and applications run online, or in "the cloud." With services like Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Presentation and more, your child will be able to complete all of the same work that they would need to do on a traditional computer but have access to that information from any Internet-enabled computer or device (even a smartphone!). To learn more about how your child's Chromebook works, watch the video below as it provides an excellent, short explanation or browse through this great tutorial.
In addition, parents will have the option of purchasing insurance on the Chromebook to limit the financial impact of a damaged device. To purchase a policy, go to the Chromebook Insurance Program section in the navigation bar to the left.
If your child’s Chromebook is damaged, they should bring it to the IT office at their respective school. The IT department staff will handle the insurance claim, including boxing up and shipping the damaged Chromebook to the repair facility. If available, the student will also be given a “loaner” Chromebook to use while their Chromebook is being repaired. If the student’s Chromebook is not insured, certain repairs can be done in house by the IT staff. These repairs, however, will incur a charge and a letter will be sent home for payment.
Students who are participating in the 1:1 Chromebook program are asked to start each school day with a fully charged Chromebook. With a full charge the Chromebook will easily last the school day.