The St. Croix Central School District will be entering its second year of a 1:1 Chromebook initiative. The initiative began last year in grades 6th - 8th, and will expand to grades 6th -12th for the 2016-17 school year. The District has been able to secure a reduced rate for our Chromebook order for the 2016-17 school year. Every student grades 6th - 12th will be issued their own Chromebook from SCC to be used for the 2016-17 academic year at no charge. All issued devices will include a carrying case to minimize damage. There is an optional insurance plan that can be purchased through SCC at a cost of $20.00 per device for the 2016-17 school year. If no insurance is purchased, families will be charged a flat rate of $25.00 for each repair that is not covered by the 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
Students will be assigned a Chromebook much like they are assigned a textbook and will be responsible for their Chromebook throughout the school year. And, like a textbook, they will be turned in at the end of the school year. With every student 6th -12th being issued a Chromebook, we will be modifying the District’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy for these grades. This means that students should only have their school issued Chromebook for daily use and will not be allowed to use their own personal device for academic work.
It is apparent the impact that technology plays in our daily lives and the need to foster technology skills within our students. The use of Chromebooks will allow students to leverage 21st century skills to adapt, problem solve, collaborate, and create content for the world around them. This program will enhance classroom environments by providing high-quality instruction, assessment and learning through the integration of technology and curriculum.
Chromebooks will be handed out to 6th -12th grade students during open house on August 24th from noon - 8:00 pm. Additional information and details will be communicated with parents via Skyward Message Center. Also, more details are available at www.scc.k12.wi.us/district/chromebooks.cfm including the Chromebook Handbook, insurance information, frequently asked questions, and other related technology resources and forms.
Daniel Ruud, Technology Integration Specialist
715-796-2256 Ext. 2223
Chad Konsela, Network Administrator
Submitted by: Technology Integration Specialist Dan Ruud