1:1 Technology Program
Thanks to the bond program approved by voters in 2018, all Frisco ISD students have internet-connected devices available to them. These devices allow all students to engage in rigorous and personalized learning experiences. The intentional and thoughtful use of these devices helps Frisco ISD students achieve our Future Ready goals. Our network security features protect our student’s digital footprints as they engage in online learning experiences. Learn more about the internet-connected devices available at each grade level below.
Pre-Kindergarten students share a set of iPad devices per classroom. Students in kindergarten and 1st grade each receive an iPad that remains in the classroom. Students in grades 2-5 each receive a Chromebook that remains in the classroom. Elementary students do not take their devices home.
Parents of elementary students are encouraged to reach out to their teacher or campus Digital Learning Coach with questions regarding devices.
All devices are filtered and monitored using a District-owned filter and management software.
1:1 In the Middle Schools
As of the 2021-22 school year, all middle school students were assigned their own Chromebook laptop.
Middle school students will receive a device at the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment to the campus. In order for a student to receive the device the guardian will sign that they have read the Guardian Acknowledgement and “1:1 In the Middle” Handbook through the Powerschool Registration process. The student should complete an online training course one time or view a review video of the course content which includes information on digital citizenship, device card and responsible use of the device.
Each middle school campus in Frisco ISD will determine its own plan for distributing student devices.
Students will take the device home during the school year. The goal of this initiative is to connect all middle school students with learning resources outside the four walls of the classroom. It will go home each night and back to school the following day charged and ready for learning.
Students will check the device back into the school prior to leaving for the summer break or upon leaving the Frisco ISD.
The student Chromebook is filtered and monitored both on and off campus using a District-owned filter and management software.
High School “1 for All” Technology
As of the fall 2023, all high school students will have the opportunity to participate in the “1 For All” program. Each student is assigned a convertible Chromebook laptop that also functions as a tablet and a charger. High school students are strongly encouraged to participate in the 1 For All program in order to receive timely troubleshooting and repairs, consistency across all online testing experiences, and keeping costs at a minimum for families.
Students will receive the device at the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment.To be eligible to receive the device, the student must complete the "Frisco ISD 1 for All High School Student Course" hosted in our Canvas LMS and pay the one-time non-refundable $20 insurance fee. Additionally, the guardian will sign that they have read the Guardian Acknowledgment and 1forAll Handbook through the Powerschool Registration process.
The student Chromebook is filtered and monitored both on and off campus using a District-owned filter and management software.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook is a laptop that runs on the cloud-based Chrome operating system (OS). The Chromebook uses cloud-based storage, web applications and Google Apps for Education. Chromebooks are, by design, not vulnerable to viruses and most malware that impacts other operating systems.
Why a Chromebook?
After researching various devices and current District usage, it was determined that a Chromebook would best serve student needs while being the most cost efficient. The Chromebooks the District currently uses have proven to have a long battery and device lifespan, while requiring less troubleshooting and maintenance than other computers.
Can the Chromebooks be logged into with a non-Frisco ISD Google account?
No, only Frisco ISD Google accounts are able to log into a school issued Chromebook.
How will the student’s device be identified?
Chromebooks are assigned to students in an inventory system based on a Frisco ISD asset tag and the serial number of the Chromebook.
Can the District inspect the Chromebook?
Yes, a student’s District-issued Chromebook may be selected at random at any time during the school year for inspection to check for restricted images, settings, etc. Guardians should also feel comfortable checking their child’s Chromebook for inappropriate content at any time.
Can the device work without wifi?
Chromebooks use internet access to access most tools. However, if a family does not have wifi access home, the student can still use Google Drive without internet.
Can my middle or high school student use their personal laptop and “opt out” of this initiative?
Middle school students may not “opt out” of this program and are not allowed to bring their own device. The District-issued devices allow us to easily troubleshoot and repair the device, consistency across all online testing experiences, and keeping costs at a minimum for families.
High school students can use their own personal device in place of a Frisco ISD issued Chromebook. The District strongly encourages all high school students to participate in the 1forAll program in order to receive timely troubleshooting and repairs, consistency across all online testing experiences, and keeping costs at minimum for families.
All technology brought to campus needs to abide by FISD’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and guidelines published in the Frisco ISD BYOD Student Manual.
The Frisco ISD Technology Department uses Google Management for student Chromebooks. Through this management system - technology staff can monitor and manage application controls. This management console also allows Frisco ISD to send out appropriate updates and applications.
How will students be prepared for the responsibility of having their own Chromebook?
The Chromebook is part of the students everyday classroom experience. Teachers have access to Professional Learning and support of their campus DLC (Digital Learning Coach) to ensure that they have the skills needed to teach students how to use the device to the fullest potential. Students also receive training which includes topics such as: digital citizenship, internet safety, device care, etc.
How should students care for the Chromebook device?
Below are some tips for responsible Chromebook care:
What will happen if a student does not bring their device to school?
Be cautious about what is placed on the screen that could cause pressure, water and/or heat damage
No food or drink is allowed near your device.
Never carry your Chromebook while the screen is open and do not carry the Chromebook by the screen.
Do not place the device between large books or in binders in a backpack.
Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use Windex or harsh chemicals on screens.
Do not leave a device in an environment with extreme temperatures such as outdoors in the sun or in a car.
Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid. This can damage the screen.
Do not leave your Chromebook unsupervised at any time or anywhere.
It is important to keep your passwords private and not to share with others.
Each device comes with a power adapter which should be used to charge it each evening.
Students are expected to bring their device to school fully charged every day. Students who do not bring their device are responsible for the completion of their classwork, even without the use of the device. These are the same expectations that would apply if a student forgot a textbook or other class resource.
There will not be a campus device available to loan to students who do not bring their device.
What if my student’s Chromebook runs out of battery during the day?
It is an expectation that the Chromebook is charged and ready for every class. Coming to class with an uncharged device is the same as coming without needed assignments or materials. Teachers may allow students to charge devices as needed, subject to availability of power sources and campus or classroom procedures.
How much student work will be online?
Online work varies per classroom and per campus. Frisco ISD leverages systems such as Google Apps for Education and Canvas LMS.
Will the device be turned in each year?
Middle school students will turn in their assigned device AND charger at the end of the school year. High school devices AND chargers must be returned upon high school graduation or unenrollment.
What are the consequences for inappropriate use of the Chromebook?
Each student is required to comply at all times with the Elementary Device Handbook
, 1:1 In the Middle Handbook
, 1forAll Handbook
and Student Responsible Use Policy
. Failure to comply may terminate the learner’s rights of possession, and the district may repossess the property.
If a student withdraws from Frisco ISD, how would they return their device and charger?
Should any student withdraw from their school and/or FISD, the Chromebook AND charger should be returned to the campus the student attended. Campuses can direct you to the process they have in place for the return of the Chromebook AND charger.
Lost or Stolen Devices
What happens if the device is stolen?
If a student’s device is stolen at school, please contact the campus administration so the device can be remotely disabled. If the device is stolen at home, car, etc., contact the police. Once you have a police report, contact your campus administrator and provide them with the police report.
What happens if the device is not working or has technical issues?
What happens if my student loses their charger?
Middle school and high school students will fill out a Device Repair Ticket that is available in the Student Portal, and they will be contacted by technology staff to troubleshoot, repair or swap out their device.
What is the cost for repair/replacement of the device?
Device repair costs are described in the 1:1 In the Middle Handbook and the 1forAll Handbook. Please refer to the handbooks for specific information.
The student will need to purchase another charger from the District or purchase a USB-C 65 W AC Adapter with 1 meter Power Cord from Amazon
or another vendor.
Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship
What will prevent students from accessing inappropriate sites?
Congress passed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in 2000, tying E-rate program discounts to a school’s internet safety policy. The FCC requires three elements for compliance: content filtering to prevent access to obscene, pornographic, or harmful images; monitoring of online activities of minors; and education in appropriate online behavior and cyberbullying awareness.
To comply with CIPA, Frisco ISD employs a variety of methods to manage the 1:1 program including internet filtering, classroom monitoring, Chromebook management and application restrictions.
Internet filtering and classroom monitoring software collects information about the sites that students access. If a student attempts to access an inappropriate site, a block screen is generated and the filtering software blocks the viewing of that site.
The Frisco ISD Technology Department uses Google Management for student Chromebook use and inventory control. Through this management, technology staff can monitor use and manage application download controls.
As with all technology, guardian supervision is critical to student safety on the internet while at home.
How can guardians help promote digital citizenship?
Guardians can take steps to help their children become better digital citizens. We recommend the following tips:
Can students load whatever extensions and applications they want on a District-issued Chromebook?
Use the device in a shared or common space of the home where everyone can see the screen.
Remember to charge the device each evening.
Guardians should remind students to not post personal information such as address, telephone number, guardian’s work address or telephone number, or the name and location of your school.
Report cyberbullying to campus administration immediately.
Families should talk about how to recognize and avoid online predators.
Guardians should encourage their children to share anything that makes them feel uncomfortable including if they receive a message that requests a meeting or or photos.
Encourage your children to honor the Frisco ISD security software and filters.
Families should come up with an agreement concerning household rules on how students use the computer and the internet.
Students can load the extensions and apps that are on the district-approved list.