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Chromebooks in the Classroom

The District has invested significantly in Chromebooks over the past year and a half bringing them to almost all schools in the District.  If you're wondering "Why?", take a look at the resources below.

Currently we use two different models of Chromebooks in the District, the Samsung S3 and the Acer c720P (pictured below). The Samsung Chromebook was one of the first to launch on the market and it quickly made its way into schools because of its revolutionary concept and relatively affordable price tag.  At a slightly higher price, the Acer c720P is a more powerful device capable of running HD quality video and one of the first with touchscreen capability.

 

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Samsung S3 Chromebook
(K-8)

Acer-C720P touch Rt

Acer c720P Chromebook
(High School)

 

What is a Chromebook?

 

Why Chromebooks?

 

 

 PARCC

Let's not forget about PARCC!! (or for those not familiar with the term, the computer-based replacement to the NJASK that is due to launch at a school near you in Spring 2015).  While our aim is never to teach to the test, we do feel it's important for students to gain experience on the same device they will use for testing.  Since Chromebooks are inexpensive, easy to manage centrally and do not run any real software, they can easily be used for instruction/learning one minute and testing the next with little or no reconfiguration. And students can even test in the same environment they normally learn in, their classroom.  Just another reason why Chromebooks are the best choice for 1-to-1 classrooms today.

 

Treating your Chromebook with respect

 

Google Classroom!

You can access classroom here.

 

Resources

 

Successful Classroom Stories:

 

For additional resources and information, visit Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything: Chromebooks

 

Curricular Resources

 

Resources/Information for Parents

  • Google Family Safety Center
  • CommonSenseMedia
  • CIPA Compliance/Content Filtering
    All Chromebook activity is monitored and logged at all times.  Chromebooks pass through two layers of content filtering (even when off the District network) using a cloud-based content filter designed specifically for Chromebooks as well as the District's primary content-filter (via proxy) to block access to inappropriate and/or offensive content and ensure full compliance with the Child Internet Protection Act.  All student Google Drive accounts are also filtered and monitored using Gaggle's Human Monitoring System.  If any inappropriate or questionable content/activity is found, an administrator is notified automatically and will take further action.  

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