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1:1 Computing

Why 1:1 Technology?

JTHS believes that the integration of technology is essential to motivating and engaging students in rigorous and relevant lessons. 1:1 technology provides anytime/anywhere learning and opens the doors to the critical thinking and problem solving skills that students need to compete and contribute in our global society.

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What is the timeline for the 1:1 initiative?

The fall of 2012-2013 ALL incoming freshmen (Class of 2016) were eligible to receive a computing device to use in school and at home.  As of the fall of 2014-2015 every student, grades 9-12, has had the opportunity to have a computing device. 

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How will students be prepared for the responsibility of having their own computing device?

The 1:1 initiative will become a part of the student's everyday classroom experience. JTHS has developed a rigorous and intensive professional development plan for all teachers. This will ensure that they have the skills needed to teach your student how to use his or her device to the fullest potential. Your student will learn: digital citizenship, internet safety, collaborative communication skills and more. Students will also learn how to care for and protect their computing device.

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How will this initiative impact the parents/guardians of students with devices?

Parents/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, the district is certain that students will benefit from 1:1 technology and instruction.

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Will students classified as GAP (Grade Advancement Policy) receive a device?

All Freshmen and Sophomore GAP students are eligible for a device in addition to some Junior and Senior students depending on their schedule.  However, all students will be exposed to technology on-site through various coursework. 

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Does this mean that students will not have textbooks?

Students will continue to have textbooks; however, they can expect fewer textbooks in upcoming years as JTHS continues its implementation of 1:1. Some students may be enrolled in courses that continue to utilize class sets of textbooks to supplement classroom instruction. It is important to note that the curriculum is not dictated by the textbook. The textbook is one of many resources used to deliver the curriculum.

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Why was this particular device selected?

The 1:1 Steering Committee identified the necessary requirements to accomplish the district goals. After review of available technologies ClassMate devices were selected because they met the requirements and provided instructional flexibility.

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How does the district know the device is durable?

The district piloted 450 devices for classroom use prior to finalizing the selection. Teachers and students provided positive feedback during this trial.  Durability of the devices have continued to be solid during the implementation. 
 

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Will the discipline code be altered to accommodate this new learning environment?

The Discipline Committee reviewed our current policies and determined that they address discipline issues that relate to 1:1, should they arise. For example, if a student is determined to have stolen another student’s device, the policy currently in place for theft is applicable. While the current policies address discipline issues, the committee did recommend a change which will allow students to utilize personal electronic devices, if approved by a faculty or staff member.

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Do the students have access to the internet?

Yes, Joliet Township High School has a Cisco Wireless Control System installed with 550+ wireless access points allowing wireless connectivity though out all buildings and athletic fields. The high-performance Cisco Aironet 1140 and 1252 Series 802.11n Access Points are powered Ethernet 10BaseT/100BaseTX/1000Base-T units. 

The wireless infrastructure has been designed to support the District’s 1:1 initiative providing our students with connectivity to the internet for enhanced learning experiences.

 

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What will prevent students from accessing inappropriate sites?

Filtering software will be installed on each student’s device and will be active anywhere the student uses the computer.

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How will information be communicated to parents?

Information has been communicated in a variety of methods include at meetings, presentations, mailings (both hardcopy and electronic), and at schedule distribution.

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When will the student receive his or her device?

In order for a student to receive the device, all of the necessary agreements need to be completed and any outstanding Technology Fees paid.  Eligible students will be issued the device during the scheduled distribution or the first week of school, or when they become eligible. Their teachers will provide instruction regarding the proper use and care of the device, along with internet safety. Appropriate and safe use of the device will be modeled and integrated into instruction and learning.

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Will the device be turned in each year?

Yes. Each student will return his or her device to the school at the end of the school year, upon withdrawal from the school district, or upon request of a staff member. It must be returned in working condition and fines may be assessed for any damages to the device.

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What happens if a parent does not want the student to bring the device home?

Parents/guardians will need to sign a denial waiver that indicates their refusal to allow the device to be issued to the student. Furthermore, they understand that their child is responsible for the completion of all necessary work related to the child’s classes. In our research, we found that only a few families opted out of this program. Of the families that opted out, most changed their minds within a few weeks.

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Can students use their own personal device instead of the school issued device?

Students are being issued a district-supported device, which contains specific instructional software and the support that is required for their classes. They may bring in a personal device, with teacher approval, but it may be limited in functionality. This is not recommended because the personal device will not be supported by the district.

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Will homeowners insurance cover the device?

Each family will need to check with their personal insurance agent.

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Will there be any cost to a parent/guardian?

There will be no charge for the initial device and peripherals. However, cost for services, repairs, and/or replacements may incur. These fees will be charged to a student’s account and must be paid prior to being reissued a device.

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What happens if a device is not working?

The student will be issued a device on loan, if available, while the issue is resolved. Depending upon the issue or service required, the pricing chart may apply.

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What will happen if a student does not bring his or her device to school?

Students will still be responsible for the completion of their classwork, without the use of the device. These are the same expectations that would apply if a student forgot a textbook or other class resource.

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How will the student’s device be identified?

Each device will have a unique serial number and a label.

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When will my student return his or her device?

The device must be returned at the end of the school year, upon withdrawal from the school district, or upon request of a staff member. It must be returned in working condition and fines may be assessed for any damages to the device.

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Will students who qualify for the free/reduced program be required to pay for a lost device?

Yes. This is in-line with our current policy which requires students on the free/reduced program to pay the full cost for a lost textbook. However, please note that the cost will be reduced to the $250 deductible whenever possible.

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What happens if a student’s device is stolen?

If the device was stolen off campus, the theft of the device must be immediately reported to the police. A copy of the police report must be provided to your child’s school the next day school is in session. If the device was stolen on campus, the theft of the device must be immediately reported to a dean or the school’s police liaison officer. The parent/guardian will be responsible for either the deductible or the full replacement cost of the device, which is referenced on the cost and pricing webpage. All parents should discuss safety precautions with his or her child.

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Will the student’s devices be insured?

The devices come with accidental equipment protection that covers a once a year replacement per device for a fee of $100. The district may insure the devices beyond the provided coverage for additional accidental damage occurrences, liquid submersion, loss, theft, fire damage, vandalism, natural disasters and/or power surges due to lightning with a $250 deductible. These deductibles will need to be paid prior to issuance of a replacement device.

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What happens if a student loses his or her device?

This initiative is the perfect opportunity for our families, community, parents, and staff to demonstrate the character attribute of responsibility. However, if lost, the parent/guardian will need to pay the full replacement cost of the device, which is referenced on the cost and pricing webpage chart. Loaners will not be available for lost devices. If a student loses their device, they will still be responsible for all of the work related to their classes.

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What if the student does not have Wi-Fi access at home?

WI-Fi access is available to students in the school library before and after school. Students can also use community access points such as the public library or a local business. In addition, high speed internet access can be purchased by families qualifying for free/ reduced lunch through Comcast for $9.95 a month. Promotions and/or additional eligibility criteria may apply. Please visit InternetEssentials.com.

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