- Technology Department -
All student enrolled at Cardinal Stritch Catholic High School & Academy will be 1:1 with varying devices.
- Grades PreK-3 are 1:1 with the Apple iPad. (Stay at School, in classroom carts)
- Grades 4-5 are 1:1 with Apple MacBook Airs. (Stay at School, in classroom carts)
- Grades 6-8 will be 1:1 with Google Chromebooks. (Stay at School, in classroom carts, may go home with students upon special projects as determined by the teachers of these grade)
- Grades 9 - 12 will be 1:1with Google Chromebooks. (Go home with students every day)
We plan on expanding the Google Chromebook program to all grades 2-12 in the future.
Yes, over 75% of the 23 schools/districts closest to us in Northwest Ohio are implementing some sort of 1 to 1 student device program. We’ve been in contact with other schools close to us that have done 1 to 1 technology rollouts for students. We’ve sought advice on how to move forward from other 1 to 1 districts, learning from them what’s worked well and how to avoid certain problems.
No, students may not bring their own personally owned device to school. All students will be issued a Chromebook by the school. They may only use their school issued device while at school. We have very carefully tested and selected devices that meet our requirements for
- Battery Life
- Heat Tolerance
- Noise Tolerance
- Seamless WIFI compatibility (Certain non-enterprise WIFI cards can have quirks that cause unnecessary downtime)
- Speed and RAM so that we know all students can handle running the same amount of apps simultaneously for class projects
It is also much easier for teachers to teach knowing that everyone is using the same device, and this helps minimize downtime due to quirks from untested devices. School issued chromebooks are managed for our students and have certain apps and policies pushed out by the school. They also have all of the applications and security that is needed for class work and online testing.
All the Chromebooks are the same, so they look very much alike. However, each Chromebook will be tagged with asset tags including the device asset ID and device serial number for management purposes. The school keeps all that data, so if a Chromebook is misplaced, we can determine who it is assigned to get it back to the student user. Any ID stickers that are on the Chromebook when issued must stay on the Chromebook. No additional permanent markings of any kind (stickers, engraving, permanent ink pen, tape, etc.) shall be placed on the Chromebook while the devices are issued to students, they are always school-owned property. Additional permanent markings on the device or its case will be considered vandalism.
Students are expected to charge their Chromebooks nightly at home and bring them to school fully charged. Students who do not bring a charged Chromebook to school may be issued a loaner device for the day, which cannot be taken home. Students are not to bring their AC chargers with them to school. Students are not allowed to charge their Chromebooks at school. Repeat violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action.
Students will each be assigned a Google Apps for Education account that is their primary login and username.
No, students and staff cannot access a school-owned Chromebook with any other login other than their school-assigned email. For example, students will not be able log in to their personal Gmail account on a school-provided Chromebook. However, if a student logs into another device with their school username (a PC laptop, a school lab computer, a loaner Chromebook, etc.) all of their information (bookmarks, emails, documents, applications, etc.) will be available to them on that device when using a Chrome browser.
We do our best to ensure our child’s online experience is safe. Before each Chromebook device connects to the Internet, it must pass through district network web filter. This happens whether the device is browsing on campus on school-owned networks, or off campus. Because of security settings built into the device, it must first route it’s Internet connection back through our school's security settings before any website or online resource is accessible. If your child is using the Chromebook at school, at home or at a public library, it will always pass through our web filtering system before they can see or access web content. Our web filters are programmed to block inappropriate content as much as possible.
Students have unlimited storage in Google’s cloud (Google Drive) with their educational Google Apps for Education account. There is also a 16GB internal SSD used for the operating system and offline mode syncing. Students can choose to store a few files locally on this internal storage if needed, but it is discouraged. Students should always store their files to their unlimited Google Drive. If your device needs repairs, it may require a reload of the operating system which will delete all locally stored files on your Chromebook. Doing a reload of the device will not affect any files in Google Drive.
Yes students can download their own Chrome apps and extensions when needed. We maintain a list of blocked apps and will continue to add to that list as the year proceeds. Blocked apps are automatically removed from devices that have them currently installed.
Digital online file sharing between staff and students is one of the great advantages of the Chromebooks and is an easy and efficient way to distribute and turn in assignments without printing. It also saves on paper, ink and toner use, thereby saving the school money. There are ways to print from the Chromebooks at home, but it’s not encouraged. With this in mind our staff will be collecting assignments digitally going forward.
Students and Teachers will utilize Google services, such as Classroom and Drive to facilitate delivering, collecting, grading, and returning assignments electronically.
With the Chromebooks, it will become even easier for students to receive work from their teacher weither they are in class or not. Assignments, readings, and other resources can be placed online and shared with the student who is absent. The student can do the work online from home and share it back to the teacher.
Yes, if your home has a WiFi network, the devices will have the same filtered web access as they would at school. If you don’t have a WiFi network at home, then students can still use them, but in a limited capacity. Some applications like Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets will work offline which allow you to write papers, create presentations, and use spreadsheets. You can also read PDFs while offline if they are stored in the device’s local storage or a usb drive.
No, devices will be turned in at the end of the school year so the school can do maintenance on them. Students will retain their original Chromebook each year while enrolled at Cardinal Stritch. Devices will be re-issued at the start of the school year to continuing students. Devices issued to students who leave the school (move, graduate, etc.) will be reformatted and re-issued to other students on an as-needed basis. Students leaving the school must return school owned Chromebooks to Cardinal Stritch’s technology staff. Any Chromebook not returned will result in the full cost of the Chromebook to be charged to the student.
We are expecting that our devices will be in production for four years. Throughout their lifespan the devices will automatically update themselves to the latest software and security features without anything needing to be done by the student. Google has confirmed that they will support updates to Chromebook devices for five years, after the manufacture date.
Yes. The school can track information on what sites students were on, and when they were on them. Students should only visit sites that are not in violation of the Acceptable Use Policy. Violations of the policy can result in disciplinary action, including the student being suspended from using the school network and device use.
No, Chromebooks are expected to become an integral part of the education all students receive at Cardinal Stritch, and we want them to take advantage of the powerful learning resources available with it.
Chromebooks are extremely secure. Here is a video on Chromebook security. Chromebooks utilize a verified boot feature which will automatically reinstall the operating system with a fresh secure version from google if malware is detected. This will not affect any files on the student’s Google Drive stored in the cloud.
If your child can’t log into their Chromebook, the first step should be to completely turn the Chromebook off. Try to log back in after shutting down and turning the computer back on. If the student is still unable to log on, they should inform their teacher and they will direct the student to the technology staff.
Inappropriate media may not be used as a screensaver or background. Presence of guns, weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate language, alcohol, drug, gang related symbols or pictures will result in disciplinary actions. Take care to protect your passwords. Do not share your passwords.
Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes. Headphones may be used at the discretion of the teacher.
Technical support will be handled through Cardinal Stritch's Technology Department.
All repairs must be completed by the Cardinal Stritch Technology Department
Services provided include the following:
● Hardware maintenance and repairs
● User account support
Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook they have been assigned by the school. Chromebooks that are broken, or fail to work properly, must be reported to a classroom teacher or technology staff member as soon as possible so that they can be taken care of properly. Do not take school owned Chromebooks to an outside computer service for any type of repairs or maintenance. Cardinal Stritch's Technology staff follows a procedure to handle every repair to ensure proper repair for each instance. This repair plan can be viewed by clicking here.
The devices will be maintained by Cardinal Stritch's IT Staff. Only Cardinal Stritch's IT Staff can perform repairs on the devices. Normal part failures outside of the control of the student and device damage are dealt with differently. The judgement call is left up to the school's technology staff. If damage occurs to the device that requires a part replacement, then students are responsible for the replacement costs according to the repair cost grid.
However, the liability on families/students is reduced significantly by the Device Protection Insurance (DPI). The $40 (non-refundable, non-prorated) per year, per device, DPI will repair or replace the device at a significant savings to the student and his/her family according to the repair cost grid. The costs will be reviewed and adjusted annually per device model supported.
If the device is stolen or lost, then students are responsible for reporting this to the Cardinal Stritch's technology staff immediately. A police report MUST be filed with the local police department if the device is stolen. Students and parents will be responsible for school-owned technology property that is issued to them, just as they are for other school-owned items such as textbooks, calculators, cameras, or athletics equipment.
The rule of thumb is that the assigned device is the sole responsibility of the assigned student. There are some circumstances that may be investigated on a case-by-case basis. School administration may be involved if it is suspected to an intentional act or act of vandalism.
Paying for repairs is preferred to be done up front, but in certain situations arrangements can be made for payment plans. If you would like to setup a payment plan then please contact Cardinal Stritch's technology staff with your request.