Spartan TecKnow: Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Spartan TecKnow 1:1 initiative?

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    Technology is an integral part of the culture in Queensbury schools. Educators use technology to enhance students’ learning experiences and understanding of the world. Students, in turn, get to expand their ability to communicate, create, collaborate and think critically through innovative lessons, assignments and projects. This technology culture has allowed Queensbury Union Free School District to achieve its mission to “empower all students to be lifelong learners, inspired to pursue their dreams and contribute to the global community.” The Spartan TecKnow 1:1 technology initiative aligns with the district's culture and mission by providing students in grades 5-12 with regular, equitable access to digital learning tools in school and at home.

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  • Why were grades 5-12 chosen for this initiative?

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    The 1:1 take-home technology initiative covers eight grade levels (grades 5-12) to allow for a four-year replacement cycle, based on reasonable expectations for a Chromebook. That means a student staying within the district from grades 5-12 will receive a new Chromebook only in grade 5 and grade 9. The student will reuse his or her previously assigned Chromebook during grades 6-8 and grades 10-12. This plan will allow the district to transition younger students to a take-home computer model within one building, when students move from grade 4 to grade 5.

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  • Does every student receive a Chromebook in grades 5-12?

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    Yes, a Chromebook will be issued to every Queensbury student in grades 5-12. The Chromebook becomes a student's responsibility once it is issued. Certain circumstances (e.g., attendance, discipline, unauthorized uses) may dictate situations where students may not bring a device home.

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  • What does it cost a student to receive a Chromebook?

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    There is no fee to receive a district-issued Chromebook because it is expected to be an essential part of a student's daily educational experience. However, students are responsible if their assigned Chromebooks are damaged, lost or stolen - the same policy as for textbooks - in which case incident fees range on a sliding scale from $30 for a first incident up to $250 for a full replacement.

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  • How will schools distribute Chromebooks to students?

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    Beginning in the fall of 2016, students must take part in an annual orientation after which they will receive their Chromebooks. The orientation will include instruction on proper care and handling of a student's device as well as reminders about digital citizenship, school expectations and appropriate use.

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  • Can students use their own devices at school instead of receiving a district-issued Chromebook?

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    No, students must use a district-issued Chromebook while in school. This allows the school to better manage all the devices and apps that students are using. It also ensures equitable, consistent access to digital learning tools among all students. Students may choose to not bring their devices home. However, the assigned device is still their responsibility, and it must be charged and ready to use every school day.

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  • What should a student do if a Chromebook gets damaged?

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    If a Chromebook is damaged, report all Chromebook issues to the Technology Help Desk. All repairs must be performed by authorized personnel within the district. Queensbury High School and Queensbury Middle School will also host student help desks staffed by students trained to help maintain Chromebooks.

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  • What should a student do if a Chromebook is lost or stolen?

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    If a Chromebook is lost or stolen, the student must report the incident to the school principal within 24 hours of the incident. The student must also pay charges associated with replacing the lost or stolen Chromebook and/or accessories as follows: Chromebook = $250, charger = $35.

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  • If a Chromebook is broken or missing, what can a student do to avoid falling behind?

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    The district will have a small supply of loaner Chromebooks, which students can borrow from their school media center/library during the school day only. Loaner Chromebooks are not allowed home and must be returned to the school media center/library at the end of each school day.

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  • Will students have unfiltered internet access when Chromebooks are connected to home WiFi?

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    No, a student’s Chromebook will be filtered whenever it accesses any WiFi connection. All internet traffic must travel back through the district content filter to access any web content.

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  • How will students use a Chromebook at home if they don’t have internet access?

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    Assigned Chromebooks allow the district to provide “offline” access so that students can still access Google Docs, Slides and Sheets when they are not connected to the internet. Other web-based resources do, however, require internet access.

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