1:1 Technology Initiative

Frisco ISD believes that the integration of technology is essential to motivating and engaging students in rigorous and relevant lessons. By providing students access to technology on-campus for younger learners and off-campus for secondary students, the District hopes to emphasize the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to compete and contribute in a global society. Thanks to the bond program approved by voters in 2018, all Frisco ISD students will have technology available to them.

Elementary Devices

Pre-Kindergarten through 1st grade elementary students have access to iPads in their classrooms. Students in 2nd-5th grades have access to Chromebooks in their classrooms. Elementary students do not take their devices home like the secondary students. 

Parents of elementary students should reach out to their teacher or campus Digital Learning Coach with any questions regarding devices.

1:1 In the Middle School Schools

Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, all middle school students will be assigned their own 11” Chromebook laptop. 

Middle school students will receive the device at the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment. In order for a student to receive the device, the guardian and student must sign an Guardian Acknowledgement form and the student must complete a technology training within a few days of receiving the device. The online training should be completed by Sept. 10, 2021, and includes information on digital citizenship, device care and responsible use of the device. 

Each middle school in Frisco ISD has their own plan for how and when students receive their devices.

Students can 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 need to check the device back into the school during the summer. 

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

Beginning in fall 2020, high school students began participating in the “1 For All” initiative as incoming freshmen each received a Chromebook as a take-home device. Each subsequent year, the 9th grade class will be added to the existing program. Each student is assigned an 11” convertible Chromebook laptop that also functions as a tablet and charger.

Students will receive the device at the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment. In order for a student to receive the device, the student must complete the required Canvas course entitled "Frisco ISD 1 For All High School Student Course." Inside this course is a link to the "1 For All Guardian Acknowledgement Form" that the guardian must complete and pay the non-refundable insurance fee.

The student Chromebook is filtered and monitored both on and off campus using a District-owned filter and management software.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not addressed below, you can also email 1forall@friscoisd.org for more information on middle and high school devices.

Equipment

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. Since Chromebooks operate using Chrome OS, they boot in seconds, unlike computers running a Windows or Mac operating system. Additionally, they 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 lifespan, while requiring less troubleshooting and maintenance than other computers. The administration of the devices is extremely streamlined, which saves significantly on personnel costs.

The Chromebook is a rugged laptop built to withstand everyday school activities. When a student needs additional local storage capacity, the Chromebook has an SD card slot or may use an external USB drive. It is recommended that students save their work in their Frisco ISD Google Drive where there is unlimited space available.

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 and Canvas offline, without internet. 

BYOD Option

Can my middle or high school student use their personal laptop and “opt out” of this initiative?
Middle school students may not bring their own device. The District-issued devices allow us to easily troubleshoot and repair the device, keeping costs at a minimum for families. This also ensures that all students can access the teacher’s materials. 

High school students can use their own personal device in place of a Frisco ISD-issued Chromebook. The District encourages all students to participate fully in a connected technology experience, having full access to multiple learning perspectives and opportunities. 

Of note, all technology brought to campus needs to abide by FISD’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies guidelines. 
 Students are welcome to BYOD and use it at their own risk, even at school. 
 Students are responsible for personal property brought to school and should keep personal items secure or in a locked space. 
 Devices should be charged prior to arrival at school.
 Please see the student handbook for additional information.

The Frisco ISD Technology Department uses Google Management for student Chromebooks. Through this management, technology staff can monitor use and manage application download controls. This also allows us to send out appropriate applications for online testing.

Student Expectations

How will students be prepared for the responsibility of having their own Chromebook?
The Chromebook will become part of the student’s everyday classroom experience. There is a professional development plan in place for teachers to ensure that they have the skills needed to teach students how to use the device to the fullest potential. The students will go through an online training which will include topics such as digital citizenship, internet safety, Canvas training, etc.
 
How should students care for the Chromebook device?
It is imperative to keep the devices clean and in working order. Below are some tips for responsible Chromebook care:

  • 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 at home. The charge should last throughout the school day. 

What will happen if a student does not bring their device to school?
Students are expected to bring their device to school fully charged every day. Students who do not bring their device will still be 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 will vary per classroom and per campus. Frisco ISD is leveraging systems such as Google Apps for Education and Canvas LMS that allow students to work both on and offline. A campus or classroom teacher may elect to have designated times and locations where students are not allowed to access District or personal technology. 

Will the device be turned in each year?
Middle school student devices will need to be turned in at the end of the school year, while high school devices must be returned prior to 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 FISD Middle School 1:1 Handbook, FISD High School “1 for All Handbook” and Student Responsible Use Policy in the student handbooks. Any failure to comply may terminate the learner’s rights of possession, effective immediately, 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 should be returned to the campus the student attended. Campus administrators can direct you to the process they have in place for the return of the Chromebook.

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. 

Device Repair

What happens if the device is not working or has technical issues?
The student will fill out a Device Repair Ticket that is available in the Student Portal. The goal is to have Chromebooks repaired and back to the student within 48 hours. This timeframe may vary depending on the type of damage to the device. 

Students will receive a loaner device while supplies last.

What is the cost for repair/replacement of the device?
While the initial device is provided at no cost, there are fees assessed based on incident repairs. 

  • The first incident will be repaired for free

  • The second incident will require the student to pay $20 to help cover cost of repairs.

  • The third incident will require the full cost of the device repair.

  • In the instance that the damage to the device is intentional, the cost of the repair will be based on the damage regardless of how many incidents have occurred.

  • Lost or broken chargers must be paid for to receive a replacement.

What happens if my student loses their charger?
The student will need to purchase another charger from the District or we will provide a list of acceptable chargers that the family can purchase from a retailer.
  • For non-touchscreen devices, the charger needs to be a 45 W charger.

  • For touchscreen devices, the charger needs to be a 65 W charger.

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:
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.

Can students load whatever extensions and applications they want on a District-issued Chromebook?
Students can load the extensions and apps that are on their campus-approved list. Students who want to load additional extensions or apps need to request them to be added to the campus-approved list. 

How will this initiative impact the guardians of students with devices?
Guardians of students with devices are urged to talk to their student about this exciting initiative. They can also talk to their student about the character attribute of responsibility. Students will need to care for their device, charge it and use it to the fullest potential. With support from home, the District is certain that students will benefit from 1:1 technology and instruction.

We recommend that families come up with an agreement about the rules of your household concerning how you use the device and the internet. 

Each family will need to check with their personal insurance agent to see if homeowners insurance covers the device.

 

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