As 21st century learners, our students have grown up with technology as an integral part of their daily lives. As part of the district’s responsibility to continually prepare students for their futures, we believe enhancing our classrooms and expanding our instructional repertoire with technology is a great way to support teaching and learning. As a result, we are excited to announce we will be launching a 1:1 Chromebook program at Shaker Junior High School for grades 7 and 8, using G-Suite and other applications at the start of the second semester.
All students at Shaker Junior High School will be loaned a Dell Chromebook 11 Model 3180 to be used at school and at home. The Chromebooks will be given out one hall at a time over the course of four days beginning on Jan. 30.
Why implement a 1:1 Chromebook program?
Students will have access to current technology applications and free tools designed for collaboration with other students and teachers
ALL students will have the ability to work on their documents both in school and at home, anytime and anywhere
Students will be able to work collaboratively, engage in peer-editing of documents, and publish for an audience beyond their immediate classroom
Chromebooks facilitate a “paperless” exchange of work between students and teachers
Chromebooks will be provided to all 7th and 8th grade students free-of-charge while they are students at Shaker Junior High School. The Chromebooks will be treated much like a textbook or library book; parents/students are responsible for any loss of or damage to the device. It is also our expectation that in addition to the physical care of the Chromebook, students will use it appropriately and behave as responsible digital citizens. Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated by the district, and we will take a proactive approach to educating staff, students and parents about these issues. Safety is paramount, and 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.
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.
For more detailed information on these topics as well as many others, please click here for the district’s Chromebook Handbook for Students, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions page for parents.
Once you have familiarized yourself with these documents, please sign and return the Chromebook 1:1 Parent/Student Agreement. The form is available in the Backpack tab of your child’s IC Portal account. All students have been given a copy of the form to bring home for your signature, or you can print it out from the portal. Please sign and return the form to your son’s/daughter’s homeroom teacher at school. If you have any questions, please contact a building administrator. We look forward to our students being able to use this tool as another way to enhance their educational experience inside and outside of the classroom.
Dr. Russell Moore