What are the Hardware and Software Considerations?
What types of computing devices may my child bring to school?
Students may use devices that fall into the following categories: (1) laptops, (2) netbooks, (3) tablets, and (4) e-Readers. In some instances, teachers may also allow cell phones/smartphones to be used.
How can my child's computing device connect to the Internet?
The Little Chute Area School District provides a guest wireless network which students may connect to while using their devices in the building. Additionally, students may use an Internet connection from an outside provider. In this case, the family will be responsible for any expense incurred using this type of Internet connection.
Are there suggested accessories?
Providing a padded bag or protective sleeve is suggested. This will provide more protection for the day to day use of these computing devices. A headset with microphone will be useful when accessing a website with audio and/or video.
Will there be "charging stations" so my child's electronic device can be recharged?
We anticipate that not every class will be using an electronic device in a lesson every day. Considering today's electronic device battery technology, the device's battery charge should be sufficient for lessons requiring use of the device throughout the day. "Charging stations" will not be provided.
Are there any specifications for the type of laptop, netbook, or tablet my child may bring to school?
Buying a computer is a personal choice. Ultimately, each person will need to choose the device that works best for his/her child. Generally speaking, as long as the device is able to connect to the wireless network and access the World Wide Web, this should suffice. To assist with purchase decisions we have put together this brief system recommendations table.
Can my child use an iPad or Android tablet?
Any type of tablet, netbook or laptop can be used. Whichever you choose, the device must be able to connect wirelessly to the Districts' guest wireless network.
What software will be needed on my child's computer?
No software needs to be purchased. The Little Chute Area School District uses MyBigCampus and Google Drive to store student work. Little Chute Area School District uses Google Apps for Education, a web-based system providing many productivity tools including a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation programs. Because purchasing a computing device is a personal choice, anyone may purchase and use other productivity tools that best suits one's personal needs.
Whose Responsibility Is It?
Who pays for the technology brought to school?
These devices will be purchased by and remain the property of the family.
Who is responsible for any repairs or updating to personal computing devices?
Students and/or their families are responsible for their personal computing devices at all times.
The Little Chute Area School District does not have the technology support staff to repair or update personal computing devices.
Who is responsible for damage, loss, or theft of devices your child brings to school?
Families must stress the responsibilities their children have when bringing their own computing devices to school. Any devices students bring to school are their sole responsibility.
The Little Chute Area School District takes no responsibility to search for lost or stolen devices nor is there any assumption of financial responsibility by The Little Chute Area School District for damaged, lost or stolen personal computing devices.
Will the family need to have Internet access at home?
No. It would be helpful, however, to have some form of Internet access (wired or wireless) in order for a child to make full use of school resources from home, as well the multitude of resources available on the World Wide Web.
Does the Little Chute Area School District suggest any other considerations?
It may be wise to acquire theft or hazard insurance. If purchasing a new computing device for a child to use at school, we recommend purchasing the extended warranty.
How will a child's education differ if the family does not have an Internet-connected device to bring to school?
Many lessons are collaborative allowing students to work together, sharing information accessed through personal devices. When the work is individual, students may use computers and other devices located in laptop carts and/or in the Library Media Center. No child's learning experience or academic performance will be affected because he or she does not have an Internet-connected device to bring to school. The Little Chute Area School District is committed to reducing technology inequity so every child can learn equally.
Will my child need to have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file?
Yes. In order for the Little Chute Area School District to supervise student use of the computer network and the Internet, parents and students should review the Acceptable Use of Technology Procedures and Guidelines. Parents and students must also review and sign the School Internet User's Agreement. Signing the document indicates that the student and parent/guardian have read and understand the expectations of the Little Chute Area School District.
When can my child use the electronic device at school?
Students may use their electronic devices in class as instructed by the teacher. It is not expected that a teacher will need students to bring electronic devices every day.
Students may use their electronic devices during classroom instruction, lunch period, when in the Library Media Center or when otherwise authorized by school personnel provided that the devices are being used for educational purposes only.
Will my child be expected to use his or her computing device both at school and at home?
Just as with traditional assignments, some assignments may need to be completed at home. If there is a computing device malfunction or an interruption of Internet connectivity at home, a student may use computers at school before or after the school day.
Will students be able to print documents from their personal computing devices?
Students will not be able to access printers at The Little Chute Area School District from their personal computing devices. We will provide alternatives as follows: (1) printing capabilities from school computers, and/or (2) electronic delivery of documents through email or other online methods.
Where will my child's work be stored?
Students will be encouraged to store their work on their Google Drive using the District provided Google Apps for Education account or within the MyBigCampus site. In so doing, the student will have access to their work wherever they have internet access. Students are strongly encouraged to regularly backup their important information and data files to a flash or thumb drive.
All Electronic Devices
Classroom staff has the ultimate control of when and what type of electronic devices are used in the classroom.
As with reading a printed book, students reading from eReaders should be permitted as you would with a printed book.
Mobile phones in the classroom:
School personnel may allow students to use mobile phones in classrooms for class activities to access the internet or other capabilities. Use of these devices is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.