Chromebooks for Students

Dear Brier Terrace Middle School Parent/Guardian,

Every middle school student in Edmonds School District is issued a Chromebook for the school year. This computing device will be used in classes throughout the day and taken home to use for extended learning. This 1:1 model allows our teaching staff to use technology and online resources in powerful new ways for classroom instruction, and will further support collaboration between students. Each year, questions come up and I will do my best to answer some here. Please also refer to the tabs on the right for good resources to support your family in appropriate use of these amazing tools.

Below are some answers to questions that you might have:

What does a 1:1 Chromebook mean for students?

Early in the school year, all students will be assigned a CTL Chromebook. These machines will have district-issued and managed Google Apps for Education accounts - which students in Edmonds are already using this year. These accounts give them access to software applications for word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and email communication. Their data is stored in Google Drive and is accessible from a variety of devices with Internet connection and, due to the nature of the Google Apps for Education accounts, the data is highly secure.

Why did the Edmonds School District move to 1:1 at the middle school level?

As part of the district’s strategic direction, we are exploring ways to provide every student with current tools they need to learn every day so they can meet new standards. The Chromebooks provide a cost-effective means to do this.

What happens if my child damages the Chromebook or it is stolen?

The District offers affordable insurance to help in the case of theft or accidental damage. Details of this program are shared on our website, during orientation, and at a district parent question and answer night in June. The cost of insurance is $30/year (or $10/year if on free/reduced lunch).

How can I get more information about this project?

Edmonds School District will annually host a parent information night in the fall to provide information on Chromebooks, Digital Citizenship, and Internet Safety.

Final Thoughts:

I am excited about 1:1 computing opportunities and hope that you are as well. The staff of Brier Terrace Middle and I feel incredibly fortunate to belong to a community that values education and recognizes the critical role technology plays in providing a first-class education, and look forward to utilizing this resource to have an additional positive impact on learning for our students.

Sincerely,

D.L. “Alex” Alexander

Principal

Brier Terrace Middle School

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