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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Bill Roberts
- Bruce Randolph
- DCIS Montbello
- 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
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
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.
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.
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