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Chromebook FAQ

Why implement a 1:1 Chromebook program with “G Suite” at NCCSD?

  • To provide the students of NCCSD with access to current technology applications and free tools designed for collaboration with other students and teachers
  • To give all students the ability to work on their documents both in school and at home – anytime and anywhere
  • To help students work collaboratively, engage in peer-editing of documents, and publish for an audience beyond their immediate classroom
  • To facilitate “paperless” exchanges of works between students and teachers

Do I need a case?

Is there a charge for the Chromebook?

  • Chromebooks will be loaned to all 7th and 8th graders free-of charge while they are students at Shaker Junior High School.
  • Although there is no charge for the use of the Chromebook, parents will be responsible for any loss of or damage to a Chromebook.
  • Theft/Damage “insurance” covering one incident per year may be purchased. The cost of the plan is $20 for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. In future years, we estimate the cost will be $30/year.

What is “G Suite for Education”?

  • “G Suite for Education” is a free suite of educational tools which will allow teachers, students, and teams the opportunity to create, collaborate, and share in real time, while providing online storage for easy access from any device that can connect to the internet.

How safe are Chromebooks and the “G Suite” domain?

  • NCCSD has implemented a secure domain (nccsk12.org) for student accounts within “G Suite for Education”. North Colonie students already use these accounts to communicate and collaborate with their teachers and fellow students in a safe and secure online environment. These same accounts will be used to login to their Chromebooks.
  • A student account allows the student to send and receive emails to staff members and fellow students, but does not allow them to send email to any email address outside of the district or to receive email from outside of the district. It also doesn’t allow them to share documents with any accounts outside of the nccsk12.org domain.
  • The email data is owned by North Colonie Central School District and its students–NOT Google. Google is simply a service provider.

Does Google have access to any personal information on students?

  • The privacy terms of “G Suite for Education” guarantee a free and “ad-free” environment. Google does not request any personal information from students and the district does not provide personal student data (example: birthdate, address, phone number, grades, test scores) to Google. Personal information about students within NCCSD systems is governed and protected by the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which NCCSD adheres to in all respects.

Will the district filter “G Suite for Education” content?

  • Yes. NCCSD has a strict content filter for all internet traffic. This filter will be in effect on the Chromebooks at school and at home. Staff will also monitor students’ use of G Suite and other applications through the GoGuardian Mobile Device Management Program.
  • Please note: No web-filter is foolproof. Parents/guardians are encouraged to monitor their child’s use of G Suite while at home.
  • Students will be restricted to use only apps and extensions that are approved by NCCSD.
  • At all times, whether at school or home, students are responsible for their adherence to North Colonie’s Code of Conduct.

Will the district restrict access to certain applications and extensions?

What is the district doing to protect my child from cyber-bullying while he/she is using a Chromebook?

  • Our district recognizes that bullies aren’t limited to the schoolyard. We take a proactive approach to educating staff, students and parents about the issues surrounding the use of today’s technology tools. Technology tools can enrich our students’ educational experience, and it is our expectation that all students will use such tools appropriately and behave as responsible digital citizens.
  • The district will ensure that GoGuardian and Google filters are set to actively monitor and alert staff to the use of inappropriate words and/or words that are deemed threatening in any way.
  • The district will uphold all procedures as outlined in our Acceptable Use Guidelines.
  • The district will continue to provide resources to staff, students and parents on how to protect against cyber-bullying.

Can I see what my child is doing on G Suite?

  • There isn’t a specific parent view account available; however, parents are encouraged to explore G Suite with their children by logging in together. You will be able to have your child log in to his or her Google account at home and show you what they are currently working on in class.

What if my student forgets his/her computer or arrives to school with it uncharged?

  • A limited supply of chargers and spare Chromebooks will be available to checkout from the library. Students will be expected to return the borrowed items by the end of the school day.
  • A limited number of spare chargers will also be available for use in each homeroom.

What if my student loses or damages their Chromebook?

  • You will be responsible for any loss of or damage to a Chromebook. It will be treated much like a textbook or library book.
  • Loss/Damage “insurance” covering one incident per year may be purchased for a yearly fee is $20 for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. In future years, we estimate the cost will be $30/year.

Can a missing Chromebook be tracked?

  • Yes. Our mobile device management software has the ability to track and locate missing devices. This feature is off by default, but it can be turned on in the event that a device is reported lost or stolen. To reduce the chance of theft, NCCSD 1:1 Chromebooks will only allow district accounts (ie “@nccsk12.org”) to login.

Does the district have remote access to my webcam?

  • No.

Do I need internet access at home?

  • Students will be able to work on G Suite Applications without an internet connection by enabling the feature to Work on Google Docs, Sheets, & Slides offline, but some assignments may require the internet. If you do not have access to the internet at home, please contact your principal or Computer Aide.

What happens when I leave the district or graduate?

  • You will be required to turn in your Chromebook and any accessories to the Computer Aide for your building.