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Only “chromebooks” topic:

Yes, there are several low-cost home internet options for DPS families to consider:  
  • Eligible low-income households can apply for a monthly discount on wireless phone service through the Lifeline program.

No. DPS is unable to sell students their used Chromebooks. So all Chromebooks and accessories must be turned in before students’ graduation ceremonies.

Yes. Students can add non-permanent identifying items to their Chromebook’s carrying case, such as ribbons, key chains and other easily removable items. However, the only acceptable personalization of a Chromebook’s physical case is by applying a pressure-sensitive adhesive tape — like blue “painters tape” — that can be easily removed without leaving adhesive residue on the Chromebook’s surfaces. Students’ names and other identifying information can then be written on this tape to help distinguish one Chromebook from another.

Students may also personalize the start up page of their Chromebooks so the screen displays a particular theme or settings chosen by the student. However, students must remember that any inappropriate or vulgar markings on their assigned Chromebooks will be considered vandalism.

Digital online file-sharing between teachers and students is one of the great advantages of the Chromebooks and is an easy and efficient way for the distribution and retrieval of student assignments without printing. Using these digital file-sharing also saves on printer paper and supplies. There are ways to print from the Chromebooks, but it is not encouraged, nor is it a simple process.

If teachers require their students to submit a print copy of a particular document, the teachers will provide students with opportunities to do this printing at school. However, the MyTech team is encouraging  DPS teachers to limit the printing of assignments, and instead we’re urging them use the Schoology system, or other online means, for posting and retrieving student assignments.

However, if a student document does require printing, it can be saved to the student’s Google Drive and then accessed from an Internet-connected PC that’s also connected to a printer.

Students may add additional applications by following the district application procedure.  

Yes, connecting a USB flash drive to a student’s Chromebook is acceptable and offers students an easy way to transfer files to and from their devices.

Chromebooks may remain at school overnight when the nature of a student’s disability does not allow the safe and responsible transport of the Chromebook to and from home. Schools will determine daily Chromebook check-out and check-in procedures for these circumstances.

Yes, students’ applications, emails, bookmarks, documents, presentations, and most anything created in the Google Chrome browser while the students are logged in with their DPS Gmail address, will be available on another device that’s also running the Google Chrome browser. However, students must also be logged into these other Chrome devices with their DPS Gmail accounts to access their DPS work.  

No. Students and staff cannot use a DPS-owned Chromebook with any log-in other than their DPS-assigned email address. For example, students will not be able log in to their personal Gmail accounts on DPS-provided Chromebooks. However, if a student uses their DPS-assigned email and logs into another Internet connected computing device running the Chrome browser (a laptop, a school lab computer, a loaner Chromebook, etc.,) all of their personal computing information (bookmarks, emails, documents, applications, etc.) will be available to them on that device.

G Suite for Education apps can be used with any Internet connected mobile device and with any browser. However, we have found that not all features are available when using a tablet. As for Chrome Apps, these only work on devices running the Chrome operating system.

Yes, since both Chromebooks and G Suite for Education are both Google developed products, they work very well together and provide teachers and students with an education-focused platform of tools and resources.

Google Drive, Schoology and other district-supported systems provide digital alternatives for submitting student assignments, so printers are generally not required. If needed, documents or projects can be saved to a student’s Google Drive and downloaded onto a PC with access to a printer.

The use of home printers is not supported by DPS. Anything that a student is required to print for a class should be printed at school. If a student chooses to print schoolwork at home, we suggest using the following options: (1) save the file on a USB flash drive and use the home computer to print, or (2) email the file to the student’s Gmail account, use the home computer to access the web-based Gmail, open the document, and print it from the home computer.

Chromebooks should be kept in their protective cases or shells when not in use. They should also be kept away from extreme heat or cold and stored on an even surface, like a table. And no heavy items should be stacked on top of Chromebooks. Reminder: Chromebooks should be plugged in overnight and brought to school fully charged each day.

Google apps, like Documents, Sheets and Slides, are automatically saved every few seconds when the Chromebook is connected to the Internet. These files and data in a student’s Google Drive are saved to the cloud — a web-based storage system provided by Google.  Students can also download files to a USB flash drive if they need to access them from a Chromebook without an internet connection.

All Chromebooks at a single school will be of the same make and model, so they will look very much alike. However, each Chromebook will be tagged with a sticker bearing the assigned student’s name and student ID number. Additionally, DPS inventory asset tags with unique barcodes will be on each device, as will a unique a manufacturer’s serial number. DPS maintains all of this data, so if a Chromebook is misplaced by a student and then found, district staff can use the Chromebook’s unique identifiers to determine to whom it belongs. Therefore all DPS ID stickers affixed to the Chromebooks when they’re issued to students  must stay on the Chromebooks.

Students’ Chromebooks will each have 16 gigabytes (about 16,000 megabytes) of storage on the device’s hard drive. Students will also have an unlimited amount of Google-provided cloud storage that is registered to students’ DPS Gmail accounts and accessible via their Google Drive applications.  

Chromebooks should never be carried with the lid open as this can lead to damaging the screen. Chromebooks should be safely closed and placed in their case before they are taken from classroom to classroom, or to and from school.

Chromebooks are relatively easy-to-use computing devices that most students will quickly master. However, all students will be provided an orientation session when they receive their Chromebooks to help them get started. And their teachers will also be trained on Chromebook use, and will assist their students in learning to use these new tools.

All students in MyTech schools can take advantage of this Chromebook opportunity. Some modifications to the Chromebook may occur, as determined by the student’s ARD or IEP (Admissions, Review and Dismissal or Individualized Education Program) committee.

There are many apps available for Chromebooks covering a wide variety of topics. The apps, which run in the Chrome browser, are downloadable through the Chrome Web Store. DPS Chromebooks are pre-loaded with district approved applications.

Different applications will be installed on students’ Chromebooks based on students’ grade levels and courses. For example, students enrolled in a high school Social Studies class may have different applications appearing on their Chromebook’s home screen when compared to students not enrolled in that class. The same is true for digital eTextbooks as they will also be pre-installed on students’ Chromebooks, based on students’ grade levels and course schedules.

The primary purpose of DPS Chromebooks is for students to use these devices for their schoolwork and projects as directed by their teachers. It’s also permissible for students to use their Chromebooks to research and explore topics of personal interest. However, DPS Chromebooks are not intended for use as entertainment devices and students should not download apps or content onto their Chromebooks — or to their Google Drives — that their teachers would not consider to be educational.  

DPS has partnered with a technology service provider to ensure our selection of approved Chromebooks meet the district’s current specifications.. Chromebook specifications, configuration and storage capacity will change over time as new hardware and software is released. The current specifications for DPS Chromebooks can be found here: https://atm.dpsk12.org/resource.aspx?resourceID=2236

A Chromebook can connect to:

  • USB storage devices, such as flash drives
  • Mice and keyboards
  • External monitors and projectors (via a HDMI cable)
  • Headphones, earbuds, microphones

All MyTech students will be issued a Chromebook case for their devices. The cases are designed to keep each Chromebook safe, but students should use additional caution to ensure their Chromebooks are protected from the elements when traveling to and from school.

With their Chromebooks, it will be easier for absent students to access the schoolwork they might otherwise miss. Using the new DPS Schoology system, teachers can post their class assignments, readings, and other instructional resources online for students’ access. Absent students can then do the work online from home and share it back with their teachers through Schoology. Individual MyTech schools and teachers may also have other options available to their students to access missed schoolwork.  

The Chromebooks and accessories are the property of Denver Public Schools. So if students leave the district or switch schools, they must return their Chromebooks and accessories to their MyTech school.

Teachers may allow students to recharge Chromebooks as needed, though this is subject to the availability of sufficient power sources.

If students don’t have a WiFi network at home they can still use the Chromebook, but in a somewhat limited capacity. Some applications will work “offline” (such as Google Drive) but content saved to the Chromebook will not be backed up online until an Internet connection is available. Students  can also use a USB flash drive to save their work. Students can go Google’s Chromebook support page for more information about offline use: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en

Additionally, all Denver Public Library branches offer free WiFi access, as do some other public and private facilities. This map shows WiFi Hotspots located throughout the Denver metro area: http://dpsk12.info/wifimap

Students are expected to plug in their Chromebooks nightly and return them to school fully charged. However, students who do not bring a charged Chromebook back to school may be issued a loaner device, if available, to use during that school day. If a loaner device is not available, the student will be without the use of a Chromebook for the day. Schools may also choose to provide a secure location where students can charge their Chromebooks during the school day, and students should discuss this possibility with their teachers.  

The Chromebooks will only connect to the web wirelessly, they can’t be plugged in for internet access. So if the school’s WiFi network is unavailable during a school day, the Chromebooks will not have Internet connectivity. However, some Chromebook features, such as access to the student’s Google Drive, will still work on a limited basis. The work the student does off-line will not be backed up until a wireless Internet connection is restored. Students can go Google’s Chromebook support page for more information about offline use: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en

A Chromebook is a laptop computer running Google’s Chrome operating system (OS). As Chromebooks have only a small hard drive with limited storage capacity and they only run web-based applications, therefore they have the most functionality when connected to the internet. Chromebooks start up quickly, are less expensive to purchase than traditional laptops, have a long battery life, and are not susceptible to most computer viruses. Due to these features, Chromebooks have become the primary laptop computers used in U.S. public schools.

Students will each have a DPS Gmail address to use as their primary log-in and username. Students can change their DPS Gmail passwords, but they cannot change their username. To change or manage students’ passwords, go to http://iforgot.dpsk12.org.  

During after-school events, students’ Chromebooks should be kept in their lockers or secured by a school staff member. Students should check with their teachers or coaches and follow the procedures specific to their schools. Chromebooks should not travel with students to away games or to any after-school even location where the devices can’t be safely secured against theft or damage.

The first round of Chromebook distributions for participating MyTech schools will begin in Fall 2017. Schools will individually decide their specific rollout schedules.

All students (and their parents/guardians) must sign and return both the MyTech Program Pledge and the DPS Take-home Mobile Device Responsibility Agreement before students  are issued a Chromebook.

Classroom instructional needs will determine which Chrome applications will be installed on students’ Chromebooks. A Chrome version of the Microsoft Office suite of applications may be among those approved for use

No. Chromebooks and their accessories will be turned in at the end of each school year so DPS can do maintenance on them over the summer. The Chromebooks will then be re-issued at the start of the next school year to students continuing at MyTech schools. Chromebooks issued to students who leave a DPS MyTech participating school will be reformatted and re-issued to other students the following school year.

All Chromebooks will come with either a carrying case or an additional protective “shell” cover. Each MyTech school will choose one of these solutions for all of their students’ Chromebooks.   

Yes. Students need only their DPS log-in credentials and an internet connection to access the the online resources for their classes.

Yes, the DPS Internet filter allows students to view YouTube videos that have an educational purpose.

Yes, however, DPS is working towards having a “single sign on solution” for all of the district applications students might need to access. But at this time, only Google, Schoology, and the DPS Student Portal are are assured to be accessible in this single sign-on manner.

No. The Chromebooks are turned in at the end of each school year, and then reformatted and re-distributed at the beginning of the following school year, so students should not expect to receive the same device.

Yes, one of the key features of the MyTech program is that students will have 24/7 access to their Chromebooks and will be expected to take their Chromebooks home every evening for their school-related use. Students are also responsible for the care and charging of their Chromebooks at home each night.

It depends on the nature of the homework. Chromebooks can still be used when not connected to the internet, but in a somewhat limited capacity.  If the homework assignment requires using one of the Google Apps, such as Documents, Sheets or Slides, students can use a portable USB flash drive to save their work until they can sync it up when they’re re-connected to the Internet. There are also other ways to work offline with documents stored in a student’s Google Drive and students should discuss these options with their teachers, or go to Google’s Chromebook support page for more information: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en

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The use of G Suite for Education is part of DPS teachers’ instructional practices. Students have many opportunities to work in their G Suite account during the school day. Additional support and training on using G Suite will be provided to MyTech teachers and students by their school’s Digital Coach.

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Yes. The MyTech team has been in contact with other districts around the country that have done one-to-one student computing programs, including districts using Chromebook devices. In preparing for the MyTech program, the DPS team sought these other districts’ advice on how to best position DPS for success.

No, all advertisements are turned off for schools using G Suite for Education. Additionally, Google does not collect information from G Suite for Education users for use in any advertising.

Yes, there are several low-cost home internet options for DPS families to consider:  
  • Eligible low-income households can apply for a monthly discount on wireless phone service through the Lifeline program.

No. Chromebooks are expected to become an integral part of the instructional program all students receive at MyTech participating schools. DPS wants students to take advantage of the powerful learning resources available through the MyTech program and to advance their learning opportunities. The DPS MyTech program aims to significantly impact the teaching and learning processes in DPS, giving students increased access to digital resources that support research, collaboration and creativity. Having personal Chromebooks not only makes students’ learning experiences more engaging, but these devices also allow students to better prepare for their academic and professional futures.

Yes. DPS can track information on which sites students were visiting on their Chromebooks, when they were on these sites, and how long they were there.

When a student is logged into the Chromebook, parents/guardians can use it to check on their student’s work, view the browsing history, or connect with teachers through either the DPS Parent Portal or the student’s email. Additionally, parents/guardians should also know their student’s DPS log-in and password and be able to to check their student’s digital work without their students’ assistance. However, other family members — brothers, sisters, etc. — should not have access to the student’s Chromebook, nor should they know the student’s DPS log-in and password. Students and parents/guardians should be aware that regardless of who is using a student’s Chromebook, the browsing history created will be reflected in the DPS filtering systems as belonging to the Chromebook’s assigned student.  

No. DPS is unable to sell students their used Chromebooks. So all Chromebooks and accessories must be turned in before students’ graduation ceremonies.

Yes. Students can add non-permanent identifying items to their Chromebook’s carrying case, such as ribbons, key chains and other easily removable items. However, the only acceptable personalization of a Chromebook’s physical case is by applying a pressure-sensitive adhesive tape — like blue “painters tape” — that can be easily removed without leaving adhesive residue on the Chromebook’s surfaces. Students’ names and other identifying information can then be written on this tape to help distinguish one Chromebook from another.

Students may also personalize the start up page of their Chromebooks so the screen displays a particular theme or settings chosen by the student. However, students must remember that any inappropriate or vulgar markings on their assigned Chromebooks will be considered vandalism.

The owner/creator of a G Suite document is the only person who can permanently delete the  document from a G Suite application. And once a document is deleted by its creator/owner, no one else can then access it, including those with whom it was previously shared.

Digital online file-sharing between teachers and students is one of the great advantages of the Chromebooks and is an easy and efficient way for the distribution and retrieval of student assignments without printing. Using these digital file-sharing also saves on printer paper and supplies. There are ways to print from the Chromebooks, but it is not encouraged, nor is it a simple process.

If teachers require their students to submit a print copy of a particular document, the teachers will provide students with opportunities to do this printing at school. However, the MyTech team is encouraging  DPS teachers to limit the printing of assignments, and instead we’re urging them use the Schoology system, or other online means, for posting and retrieving student assignments.

However, if a student document does require printing, it can be saved to the student’s Google Drive and then accessed from an Internet-connected PC that’s also connected to a printer.

Students may add additional applications by following the district application procedure.  

Yes, connecting a USB flash drive to a student’s Chromebook is acceptable and offers students an easy way to transfer files to and from their devices.

Chromebooks may remain at school overnight when the nature of a student’s disability does not allow the safe and responsible transport of the Chromebook to and from home. Schools will determine daily Chromebook check-out and check-in procedures for these circumstances.

Yes, students’ applications, emails, bookmarks, documents, presentations, and most anything created in the Google Chrome browser while the students are logged in with their DPS Gmail address, will be available on another device that’s also running the Google Chrome browser. However, students must also be logged into these other Chrome devices with their DPS Gmail accounts to access their DPS work.  

No. Students and staff cannot use a DPS-owned Chromebook with any log-in other than their DPS-assigned email address. For example, students will not be able log in to their personal Gmail accounts on DPS-provided Chromebooks. However, if a student uses their DPS-assigned email and logs into another Internet connected computing device running the Chrome browser (a laptop, a school lab computer, a loaner Chromebook, etc.,) all of their personal computing information (bookmarks, emails, documents, applications, etc.) will be available to them on that device.

G Suite for Education apps can be used with any Internet connected mobile device and with any browser. However, we have found that not all features are available when using a tablet. As for Chrome Apps, these only work on devices running the Chrome operating system.

Yes, since both Chromebooks and G Suite for Education are both Google developed products, they work very well together and provide teachers and students with an education-focused platform of tools and resources.

Google Drive, Schoology and other district-supported systems provide digital alternatives for submitting student assignments, so printers are generally not required. If needed, documents or projects can be saved to a student’s Google Drive and downloaded onto a PC with access to a printer.

The use of home printers is not supported by DPS. Anything that a student is required to print for a class should be printed at school. If a student chooses to print schoolwork at home, we suggest using the following options: (1) save the file on a USB flash drive and use the home computer to print, or (2) email the file to the student’s Gmail account, use the home computer to access the web-based Gmail, open the document, and print it from the home computer.

All G Suite for Education users own their data, not Google. The information that teachers and students enter into G Suite for Education apps is their own.

Google’s G Suite for Education Terms of Service Agreement with DPS contractually ensures that DPS students and staff are the sole owners of their data. Google will only access content stored on Google Apps when an administrator from DPS grants Google explicit permission to do so. One example of this would be if Google is asked to investigate a student’s inappropriate use of the system.

Because G Suite for Education applications are all web-based, they can be accessed from any Internet connected computer running any Internet browser.

No. DPS already offers digital textbooks (also called eTextbooks) to students and print textbooks will remain available for students as well. As mentioned, the MyTech program will focus primarily on the English Language Arts and Social Studies subjects during this pilot phase and teachers will have the choice on how they combine the use of digital and print curricular resources.

Chromebooks should be kept in their protective cases or shells when not in use. They should also be kept away from extreme heat or cold and stored on an even surface, like a table. And no heavy items should be stacked on top of Chromebooks. Reminder: Chromebooks should be plugged in overnight and brought to school fully charged each day.

Google apps, like Documents, Sheets and Slides, are automatically saved every few seconds when the Chromebook is connected to the Internet. These files and data in a student’s Google Drive are saved to the cloud — a web-based storage system provided by Google.  Students can also download files to a USB flash drive if they need to access them from a Chromebook without an internet connection.

A key component of the DPS MyTech one-to-one implementation plan is teacher professional development and support. All teachers participating in the MyTech program will receive a Chromebook. And through district supplied training and support, teachers will become proficient  in using the devices, and also on how to incorporate Chromebooks and other digital resources into their daily instruction. Ongoing teacher training and support will continue throughout the MyTech program’s implementation. Each school’s digital coach will play a key role in leading the training and support at their assigned schools, with additional support from both Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Technology department staff.

The district’s ultimate goal is to help students make good decisions when accessing internet resources, as no technology filter can be 100% effective. While DPS internet filtering provides significant protection against questionable websites or applications, teachers and parents also play a key role in keeping their students protected from such content.

Internet safety is taught directly to students and will be presented to parents/guardians through other means. In addition, DPS uses filtering software to protect students from inappropriate content that will operate on the Chromebooks, both at home or at school.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to regularly check their students’ Internet browser history, monitor their social media activity, and help their students’ remember to charge their Chromebook in a public room at night.

Ultimately, parents/guardians are responsible for their students’ online behavior. DPS encourages parents/guardians to engage in their student’s education and the development of their students’ safe online behaviors.

Google Drive has built-in features that allows work to be shared between students and teachers, as well as between students. Students can create documents, spreadsheets, drawings, photos, presentations and even videos. Each item can then be “shared” with the students’ teachers. The teachers can then access the students’ work on their own computers to review, grade, make comments, etc., and then submit the work back to the students.

All Internet traffic on the DPS network, including email and file storage, is logged and can be reviewed if concerns arise. Students may be able to delete their browsing history on the Chromebook, but all Internet activity is also logged centrally at the DPS Department of Technology Services (DoTS).

The use of G Suite for Education is part of DPS teachers’ instructional practices. Students have many opportunities to work in their G Suite account during the school day. Additional support and training on using G Suite will be provided to MyTech teachers and students by their school’s Digital Coach.

All Chromebooks at a single school will be of the same make and model, so they will look very much alike. However, each Chromebook will be tagged with a sticker bearing the assigned student’s name and student ID number. Additionally, DPS inventory asset tags with unique barcodes will be on each device, as will a unique a manufacturer’s serial number. DPS maintains all of this data, so if a Chromebook is misplaced by a student and then found, district staff can use the Chromebook’s unique identifiers to determine to whom it belongs. Therefore all DPS ID stickers affixed to the Chromebooks when they’re issued to students  must stay on the Chromebooks.

Schoology is the district’s newly adopted web-based learning management system (LMS) for teachers, students and parents. Schoology will be accessible via any computing device and has an easy-to-use interface. Students will use their MyTech Chromebooks to access Schoology.

Schoology provides a dynamic digital teaching and learning environment and will be used by teachers to store and share their personal curricular materials, as well as to provide access to all DPS adopted digital curriculum. Schoology will give students a primary location to access and submit their course assignments, participate in class discussions and learning activities, and receive personalized instruction from their teachers. Through Schoology, teachers will have the opportunity to work more closely with their students online and provide timely, personalized feedback. The district’s Schoology rollout will begin in the Fall of 2017 and MyTech schools will be among the first to implement this new system in DPS.  

Within a shared Google App document, all revision entries contributed by a collaborating member are maintained and they can be viewed at any time by the document’s owner, who can then choose to accept or reject the collaborator’s changes.

Denver voters approved $10M for technology in Denver’s 2016 DPS Bond Mill initiative for the MyTech program. Bond money also funded the replacement of classroom computers, and is currently being used to enhance schools’ wireless networks.

Chromebooks are relatively basic computing devices and generate very little heat. Therefore their life expectancy — so long as they are treated with care — is fairly significant and five years or more is not unrealistic. Additionally, Chromebooks have powerful processors, adequate memory, and are set to automatically update with the latest software and security features, which helps extend their ongoing functionality.

G Suite for Education is free. Google offers these services at no cost to all K-12 schools.

Students’ Chromebooks will each have 16 gigabytes (about 16,000 megabytes) of storage on the device’s hard drive. Students will also have an unlimited amount of Google-provided cloud storage that is registered to students’ DPS Gmail accounts and accessible via their Google Drive applications.  

Chromebooks should never be carried with the lid open as this can lead to damaging the screen. Chromebooks should be safely closed and placed in their case before they are taken from classroom to classroom, or to and from school.

With their teachers guidance, students will learn how to access their G Suite for Education accounts at school. Students log in by going to http://www.google.com and clicking the Sign In button. The students will use their assigned DPS Gmail email address and password.

Chromebooks are relatively easy-to-use computing devices that most students will quickly master. However, all students will be provided an orientation session when they receive their Chromebooks to help them get started. And their teachers will also be trained on Chromebook use, and will assist their students in learning to use these new tools.

All students in MyTech schools can take advantage of this Chromebook opportunity. Some modifications to the Chromebook may occur, as determined by the student’s ARD or IEP (Admissions, Review and Dismissal or Individualized Education Program) committee.

Teachers will work with these students to ensure they still have access to the instructional resources they need to complete their class assignments.    

The use of G Suite for Education will not in itself impact grades. Students should consult with their teachers about individual class requirements and the teachers’ expectations for students’ use of G Suite applications.

Yes. DPS does its best to ensure our students’ online experiences are safe. All DPS web access is subject to the DPS web filters. Our web filters are programmed to block inappropriate content as much as possible. The DPS internet filtering rules are determined by a partnership between the district’s instructional and technology departments.

When a DPS MyTech Chromebook connects to the internet, it must pass through DPS network firewalls and filters. This filtering happens whether the device is browsing the internet at school, or off-campus using another WiFi network. Because of security settings built into the Chromebook, it must first route its Internet connection back through our DPS security settings (firewalls and filters) before any website or online resource is accessible. If a student is using the Chromebook at school, at home or at a public library, it will always pass through the DPS web filtering and network firewall system before they can see or access web content.

Like all technology-based solutions, there are ways a user might attempt to circumvent these internet filters for inappropriate use. DPS works to block these methods and continually evaluates and upgrades its filtering system to ensure its effectiveness against such users. Additionally, disciplinary procedures will occur for users discovered to have made attempts to circumvent DPS internet filters.

Some areas of the internet are not blocked due to their value as instructional resources. Many of these areas, such as YouTube, can be used both appropriately and inappropriately. DPS considers students’ use of these resources to be a learning opportunity and a nod towards the real world, where students will need to have developed the maturity and self-discipline to use completely unfiltered internet access.

The $20 MyTech fee paid by each student serves as DPS Chromebook insurance coverage. However, a student may be liable for additional costs based on the circumstances that lead to the student’s Chromebook needing to be replaced.  

The DPS MyTech program participants must agree to the DPS Acceptable Use Policy and the DPS Internet Regulation. These documents can be found here:

DPS takes the security and privacy of student information very seriously and the district is responsible for protecting and safeguarding the confidentiality of student information housed on DPS servers. Additionally, DPS has contracted with Google to provide access to G Suite for Education for DPS students and staff and also for ensuring the security and privacy of student information on Google’s servers. G Suite for Education adheres to a detailed privacy policy and security measures which DPS has reviewed and is satisfied that these terms appropriately protect the privacy of students and staff using these Google tools. Under the DPS Terms of Service Agreement with Google, Google is obligated to comply with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations. Additional information about the G Suite for Education security & privacy policies can be found at http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/edu/privacy.html.

Since the Chromebook’s applications operate through the Chrome browser and are primarily housed in the cloud, there is little worry about viruses infecting the Chromebook’s software or hardware.

There is a growing number of eTextbooks available in DPS and they can be viewed on Chromebooks, iPads, traditional laptops and other digital devices. eTexts are generally less expensive for DPS to purchase than print textbooks.  They are also updated regularly, are more portable than textbooks, and they can include video and audio elements that make them interactive. Often, text in eTextbooks is searchable, citable, linked to other resources or chapters, and the lessons may have learning activities, videos and photo galleries built into them. In short, they can offer significant learning advantages to students.

DPS will still use traditional print textbooks for the foreseeable future, but the district will also continue to purchase and provide more eTextbooks to teachers and students. Additionally, many of the DPS curricular resources now have online and interactive components to go along with the traditional print classroom materials. And with programs such as MyTech, where every student has a Chromebook, the advantages of eTextbooks and other digital learning resources can be better leveraged by DPS students and teachers.  

Some equipment will remain at the school. However many of the school’s previously used devices will be re-distributed to other schools based on need.

There are many apps available for Chromebooks covering a wide variety of topics. The apps, which run in the Chrome browser, are downloadable through the Chrome Web Store. DPS Chromebooks are pre-loaded with district approved applications.

Different applications will be installed on students’ Chromebooks based on students’ grade levels and courses. For example, students enrolled in a high school Social Studies class may have different applications appearing on their Chromebook’s home screen when compared to students not enrolled in that class. The same is true for digital eTextbooks as they will also be pre-installed on students’ Chromebooks, based on students’ grade levels and course schedules.

Disciplinary consequences for inappropriate Chromebook use will be determined by the teachers and administrators at each MyTech school.  

The primary purpose of DPS Chromebooks is for students to use these devices for their schoolwork and projects as directed by their teachers. It’s also permissible for students to use their Chromebooks to research and explore topics of personal interest. However, DPS Chromebooks are not intended for use as entertainment devices and students should not download apps or content onto their Chromebooks — or to their Google Drives — that their teachers would not consider to be educational.  

DPS has partnered with a technology service provider to ensure our selection of approved Chromebooks meet the district’s current specifications.. Chromebook specifications, configuration and storage capacity will change over time as new hardware and software is released. The current specifications for DPS Chromebooks can be found here: https://atm.dpsk12.org/resource.aspx?resourceID=2236

The DPS G Suite for Education will provide students with secure and easy online access to documents, spreadsheets, presentations and communication tools that can be accessed easily from home or school and enhance teacher and student collaboration in the classroom and beyond.

Teachers can use G Suite for Education to facilitate group projects and use the apps’ revision history tool to see the level of participation of each student in a group. Teachers will be able to give feedback to students directly in documents shared with the teacher. Turning in assignments will be as easy as sharing files with the teacher, or by emailing it to the teacher through the student’s DPS Gmail account.

In addition to the basic G Suite productivity tools (Documents, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Calendar,) there are Chrome apps and extensions that are available from the Chrome web store and can be used along with G Suite for Education. G Suite for Education allows school districts to manage Chrome apps and extensions for teachers and students. These Apps and extensions are available when logged onto a DPS Google account. Not all Chrome apps, extensions, and add-ons have been made available within the DPS G Suite for Education system, due to privacy and security concerns that exist since some apps cannot be monitored. A process is in place for teachers to recommend Chrome apps and extensions; these apps are added to the DPS “approved” list after a review for educational merit and a check of user and privacy agreements.

A Chromebook can connect to:

  • USB storage devices, such as flash drives
  • Mice and keyboards
  • External monitors and projectors (via a HDMI cable)
  • Headphones, earbuds, microphones

Students and parents/guardians will be responsible for DPS-owned technology property that is issued to them, just as they are for other DPS-owned items, such as textbooks, calculators, musical instruments, athletics equipment or library books. DPS will repair or replace the Chromebook, but students and parents may be responsible for the cost.

If the Chromebook or any accessories are lost or stolen, the student or parent/guardian must report it to the school immediately. Students can let a teacher or administrator know, and the staff member will assist the student. The circumstances of each situation will be handled individually.

While DPS maintains a high level of vigilance in filtering and monitoring the district’s internet content, some potentially inappropriate websites may not be blocked or are able to slip past district filters. Teachers and parents/guardians are therefore encouraged to regularly check the browsing history of their students’ Chromebooks to learn which websites the students been visiting. DPS Chromebook browsing histories cannot be deleted by students  . If  parents/guardians discover any inappropriate web activity on their students’ Chromebooks, they should contact a teacher or school administrator. Inappropriate web browsing is a violation of the DPS Internet Acceptable Use Policy and may result in disciplinary action.

All MyTech students will be issued a Chromebook case for their devices. The cases are designed to keep each Chromebook safe, but students should use additional caution to ensure their Chromebooks are protected from the elements when traveling to and from school.

With their Chromebooks, it will be easier for absent students to access the schoolwork they might otherwise miss. Using the new DPS Schoology system, teachers can post their class assignments, readings, and other instructional resources online for students’ access. Absent students can then do the work online from home and share it back with their teachers through Schoology. Individual MyTech schools and teachers may also have other options available to their students to access missed schoolwork.  

The Chromebooks and accessories are the property of Denver Public Schools. So if students leave the district or switch schools, they must return their Chromebooks and accessories to their MyTech school.

Teachers may allow students to recharge Chromebooks as needed, though this is subject to the availability of sufficient power sources.

In such cases, the circumstances will be investigated on a case-by-case basis. School administration and staff may be involved if the damage is suspected to be an intentional act by the student, or an act of vandalism by another student.

If students don’t have a WiFi network at home they can still use the Chromebook, but in a somewhat limited capacity. Some applications will work “offline” (such as Google Drive) but content saved to the Chromebook will not be backed up online until an Internet connection is available. Students  can also use a USB flash drive to save their work. Students can go Google’s Chromebook support page for more information about offline use: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en

Additionally, all Denver Public Library branches offer free WiFi access, as do some other public and private facilities. This map shows WiFi Hotspots located throughout the Denver metro area: http://dpsk12.info/wifimap

Students are expected to plug in their Chromebooks nightly and return them to school fully charged. However, students who do not bring a charged Chromebook back to school may be issued a loaner device, if available, to use during that school day. If a loaner device is not available, the student will be without the use of a Chromebook for the day. Schools may also choose to provide a secure location where students can charge their Chromebooks during the school day, and students should discuss this possibility with their teachers.  

The Chromebooks will only connect to the web wirelessly, they can’t be plugged in for internet access. So if the school’s WiFi network is unavailable during a school day, the Chromebooks will not have Internet connectivity. However, some Chromebook features, such as access to the student’s Google Drive, will still work on a limited basis. The work the student does off-line will not be backed up until a wireless Internet connection is restored. Students can go Google’s Chromebook support page for more information about offline use: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en

A Chromebook is a laptop computer running Google’s Chrome operating system (OS). As Chromebooks have only a small hard drive with limited storage capacity and they only run web-based applications, therefore they have the most functionality when connected to the internet. Chromebooks start up quickly, are less expensive to purchase than traditional laptops, have a long battery life, and are not susceptible to most computer viruses. Due to these features, Chromebooks have become the primary laptop computers used in U.S. public schools.

G Suite for Education is an integrated communication and collaboration solution created by Google. G Suite collaboration tools make it possible for students to work together in a digital online environment on assignments and projects. G Suite for Education provides an online storage space for files, and allows for students to digitally submit assignments directly to the classroom teacher.

G Suite is made up of a suite of free online applications. These applications do not reside on the computer itself, but rather they are accessed from Google’s servers through a web browser. This is considered working in the “cloud”. The benefit of this structure allows users flexibility in accessing documents and projects from any computer or mobile device with Internet access. Staff and students can access their school documents from their schools’ computer labs or classrooms, the public library, and from home.

One-to-one computing means one Chromebook will be assigned to each MyTech student to use for their learning needs both at school and home.

G-Suite and Schoology have many similar functions, but Schoology is a full learning management system (LMS), whereas G-Suite is primarily a set of Google’s apps — Gmail, Docs, Drive and Calendar — combined into a unified format that allows for collaborations among users. Schoology doesn’t have all of G-Suite’s app features, but it does provide users with significant collaboration opportunities. And perhaps its greatest strength is that it can house course curriculum — both district adopted curricular resources and those created by individual teachers. Schoology and G-Suite integrate well together and are expected to become complementary classroom resources for teachers, students and parents.

Through Schoology, students and their parents/guardians will be able to access students’ class assignments and the eTextbooks and digital resources related to the assignments. Further, students will be able to complete and submit their assignments to their teachers online and receive their teachers’ feedback and assignment grades. Schoology also allows teachers to create online quizzes and tests for students to take through the system. Additionally, Schoology provides online discussion boards where students can write and interact with their classmates on a particular topic, and there’s an announcement section where teachers can keep their students informed, such as “Don’t forget, quiz this Friday!”

Some teachers who have adopted Schoology describe how it became “the face of my classroom”, since it’s the primary location where teachers and students share and gather information, assign and collect coursework, collaborate, and take some of their course assessments. The district’s Schoology rollout will begin in the Fall of 2017 and MyTech schools will be among the first to implement this new system in DPS.     

Google Apps are part of the G Suite for Education package and are primarily a productivity suite (Documents, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, Calendar, etc.) similar to those in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc.). These Google app products are created and updated by Google.

A Chrome application, or app, works within the G Suite for Education system, but does not necessarily offer the same collaboration features as other Google applications. These Chrome apps are usually created by third-party programmers, and when installed on a computer they “ask” for permission to use elements of the Google Apps. Additionally, some Chrome apps have additional components available for purchase.  Students are not required, expected, nor even encouraged to subscribe to any of these premium services. All Chrome apps pre-installed on students’ MyTech Chromebooks have been screened by DPS personnel and examined for their respective policies.

Students will only be charged an annual $20 MyTech fee to cover the repair, service and potential replacement of their Chromebooks.

The conditions for use of the student Chromebooks are similar to those of a school-issued textbook or calculator. Students are expected to keep track of and care for their Chromebooks for the time period they are issued to them and they may be fined for damaged or lost equipment. Assuming their equipment is well cared for, there will be no additional program charge to students beyond the $20 MyTech fee.

The amount that DPS is paying for the MyTech student-issued equipment includes: the Chromebook, a carrying case, an extended-life battery, and a three year warranty. Each Chromebook’s warranty covers the expected wear occurring from normal use of the device. If a Chromebook is determined to have been intentionally or negligently damaged by a student, the student may be charged an additional replacement fee. Such situations are evaluated on a case by case basis. Specific cost information is available in the DPS MyTech Program Handbook.

Students will each have a DPS Gmail address to use as their primary log-in and username. Students can change their DPS Gmail passwords, but they cannot change their username. To change or manage students’ passwords, go to http://iforgot.dpsk12.org.  

Damaged or non-functioning Chromebooks should be given to the school’s Technology Representative so a repair can be started. Many problems can be repaired at the school by district staff, which may take a day or two. Other problems may require the Chromebook to be sent out for repair, which can take several days or longer. Schools will have additional Chromebooks on-hand to loan to students in these circumstances.

During after-school events, students’ Chromebooks should be kept in their lockers or secured by a school staff member. Students should check with their teachers or coaches and follow the procedures specific to their schools. Chromebooks should not travel with students to away games or to any after-school even location where the devices can’t be safely secured against theft or damage.

DPS has contracted with Google to provide DPS students and staff with online data storage and the use of Google Apps. And they also will ensure the privacy and security for all DPS data housed on Google’s servers. Google also agrees not to use confidential information for any purpose related to Google advertising. All Google advertising is turned off for the Google education domains assigned to schools. Google continues to adjust safety features as the needs arise. For more information about student data privacy in Google Apps for Education, please visit their website: https://edu.google.com/trust/

English Language Arts & Social Studies are the primary MyTech focus areas, and these teachers will receive the most curricular and instructional support. But like their students, all teachers in the MyTech schools will receive Chromebooks, as well as ongoing professional development on how best to incorporate the use of these devices in their classrooms.

DPS maintains official Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts. However, Facebook is not currently open to students on the DPS network.

The primary intent of MyTech Chromebooks is to advance students’ educational opportunities. DPS does not view social media as playing a key role in students’ academic learning, so its use will be either be prohibited and filtered or allowed for use on a limited basis under the direction of students’ classroom teachers.

Even without the advantages afforded by technology, students can say mean things, write nasty notes, and act like bullies both in and out of school. And they can do the same things using G Suite for Education apps. However, because all student emails are saved in a Google archive, students cannot hide their messages by simply deleting them or by claiming that a particular email was forged. G Suite for Education also includes a feature within shared documents that shows each document’s revision history, revealing when and by whom revisions to the documents were made, which helps hold accountable everyone collaborating on a particular document, both students and teachers. The use of G Suite for Education apps, combined with email archiving, allows DPS to make students responsible for their online behavior. This lets us provide the advantages these tools offer to the students who use them appropriately, and also to respond effectively to those who don’t.

The first round of Chromebook distributions for participating MyTech schools will begin in Fall 2017. Schools will individually decide their specific rollout schedules.

All students (and their parents/guardians) must sign and return both the MyTech Program Pledge and the DPS Take-home Mobile Device Responsibility Agreement before students  are issued a Chromebook.

  • Bill Roberts
  • Bruce Randolph
  • DCIS Montbello
  • DSISD
  • Florence Crittenton High School
  • North High School
  • Hamilton Middle School
  • High Tech Early College
  • Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences
  • Lake International School
  • Manual High School
  • Merrill Middle School
  • Skinner Middle School
  • South High School

Each school’s School Technology Representative (STR) will be their students’ primary contacts

School School Technology Representative (STR)
Bill Roberts
Bruce Randolph
DCIS Montbello
DSISD
Florence Crittenton High School
Hamilton Middle School
Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences
High Tech Early College
Lake International School
Manual High School
Merrill Middle School
North High School
Skinner Middle School
South High School
* Contact your school administrator if your STR is no longer available.

One of the goals of the DPS Denver Plan 2020 is to close the opportunity gaps that exist among our students. And one effort toward this goal is for DPS to achieve a more equitable distribution of digital resources by providing computer access for students both inside and outside of DPS facilities.

Having their own Chromebooks to use throughout the school year — both at school and at home — expands students’ time and resources for learning. The Chromebooks will provide students with new opportunities for personalized learning, collaboration, creativity, and instructional practice. And since most higher education and employment opportunities require essential computer skills, DPS MyTech students will be better prepared for their future college and career prospects.

Yes, DPS is partnering with Common Sense Media to offer digital citizenship and cyber-safety workshops for parents and students. And as part of the MyTech program, teachers will receive additional training on these topics to help strengthen their support for MyTech students.

Classroom instructional needs will determine which Chrome applications will be installed on students’ Chromebooks. A Chrome version of the Microsoft Office suite of applications may be among those approved for use

Even with every student having a Chromebook, it’s unlikely that DPS will move completely away from paper-based assignments, but these will certainly become less used as time goes on. This change from print to digital can provide significant cost savings for DPS by using less printer toner and paper — which is also good for the environment — but it will also make accessing assignments much easier for students and teachers. No more lost papers or “The dog ate my homework” excuses!

Based on the school’s enrollment, each school will receive the services of either a full-time or a part-time Digital Coach to assist teachers in developing lessons and altering their instructional practices to make best use of the new tools and resources available through the MyTech program.

No. Chromebooks and their accessories will be turned in at the end of each school year so DPS can do maintenance on them over the summer. The Chromebooks will then be re-issued at the start of the next school year to students continuing at MyTech schools. Chromebooks issued to students who leave a DPS MyTech participating school will be reformatted and re-issued to other students the following school year.

Yes, students will review the MyTech Handbook and the MyTech Device Agreement and Program Pledge agreement before receiving their Chromebooks. These documents outline responsible use and safekeeping of the Chromebooks. If students violate their signed agreements, they may face school or district disciplinary actions. Both students and their parents/guardians must also understand and sign the MyTech Device Agreement and Program Pledge. When they receive their Chromebooks, students will go through an introductory Chromebook session that covers particulars related to the acceptable use of their devices in DPS and at home. Throughout the school year, students will receive instruction on internet safety, adapted from the Common Sense Media program. This non-profit group also provides parent resources on Internet safety and other helpful topics: www.commonsensemedia.org

All Chromebooks will come with either a carrying case or an additional protective “shell” cover. Each MyTech school will choose one of these solutions for all of their students’ Chromebooks.   

DPS is unable to provide any after-hours Chromebook technology support. So if issues arise outside of normal school hours, students should troubleshoot the problem as best they can. But if they’re unable to resolve the problem, the students should wait until the next school day and report the problem to their schools’ technology representative (STR).

Yes. Students need only their DPS log-in credentials and an internet connection to access the the online resources for their classes.

Yes, the DPS Internet filter allows students to view YouTube videos that have an educational purpose.

Yes, however, DPS is working towards having a “single sign on solution” for all of the district applications students might need to access. But at this time, only Google, Schoology, and the DPS Student Portal are are assured to be accessible in this single sign-on manner.

No. The Chromebooks are turned in at the end of each school year, and then reformatted and re-distributed at the beginning of the following school year, so students should not expect to receive the same device.

Additional loaner Chromebooks will be available at each school for use when a student’s Chromebook requires repair.

Yes, one of the key features of the MyTech program is that students will have 24/7 access to their Chromebooks and will be expected to take their Chromebooks home every evening for their school-related use. Students are also responsible for the care and charging of their Chromebooks at home each night.

It depends on the nature of the homework. Chromebooks can still be used when not connected to the internet, but in a somewhat limited capacity.  If the homework assignment requires using one of the Google Apps, such as Documents, Sheets or Slides, students can use a portable USB flash drive to save their work until they can sync it up when they’re re-connected to the Internet. There are also other ways to work offline with documents stored in a student’s Google Drive and students should discuss these options with their teachers, or go to Google’s Chromebook support page for more information: https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3214688?hl=en

Possibly. Many teachers are using different applications to do video recordings specific to their class lessons and are making these recordings available online for their students. This allows students to view the recorded lessons and access related digital materials (handouts, presentations, etc.) This can also be especially helpful for for students who were absent from class. There may even be options for having teachers’ courses stream live — meaning they can be viewed online by those not present in the room. MyTech teachers and DPS staff will be working together to explore these possibilities. Additionally, the district’s new Schoology Learning Management System (LMS) has features that make teachers’ creation of these “virtual lessons” much easier.