Starting in the 2020-21 school year, Frisco ISD will begin distributing touchscreen/convertible Chromebooks to freshmen across all 10 high schools.
Students will keep the same device for all four years of high school, including during the summer, and will be expected to use it both at home and in school. The District will continue rolling out the Chromebooks each subsequent year to incoming ninth grade students. The goal is to provide all high school students the opportunity to have a take-home device by the 2023-24 school year.
FISD Chief Technology Officer Melissa Fouche presented the concept during a town hall meeting on the topic of student opportunity in the fall of 2018 and is excited to get the initiative rolling.
“The District believes that the integration of technology is a fundamental element in engaging students in rigorous and relevant lessons,” Fouche said. “By providing high school students a touchscreen Chromebook, we are providing them a valuable learning tool.
“Students will have access to 24/7 learning that can open doors to critical thinking and problem-solving skills, critical components of future-ready learners.”
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.
Starting in 2020-21, each high school campus will have a Tech Depot for onsite troubleshooting. The goal is to have Chromebooks repaired and back to the student within 48 hours. Students will receive a loaner device while supplies last.
The Chromebooks will support the design of lessons that meet the individual needs of learners both inside and outside the four walls of the traditional classroom. While Chromebooks use internet access to access most tools, a student can still use Google Drive and Canvas offline, without internet.
The touchscreen Chromebook will be filtered and monitored both on and off campusing using a District-owned filter and management software.
Before students can receive the device, they will need to complete online training and pay an annual $20 fee that covers support, maintenance and accidental damage protection. Students will not be required to receive a Chromebook and parents will have the choice to opt-in to the initiative during online registration.
All elementary and middle school students currently have access to Chromebooks. When a campus receives their five year technology refresh, grades 3-5 and all middle school students will have 1:1 Chromebook access in the classrooms, but not for take home.
More details will follow at each high school Rising Freshman Night on January 29. There will also be two upcoming “1 for All” information nights:
In the meantime, the District has additional details and an FAQ on the 1 for All webpage.