1-1 Handbook for Parents and Students (1 to 1 Device Handbook Policy)
The aim of bringing the 1-1 device pilot programme is to prepare our students to become 21st century learners. Excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout our curriculum.
Increasing access to technology is essential. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. To the contrary, it transforms the teacher from director of learning to facilitator of learning. Effective teaching and learning with integrated technology into the curriculum will prepare our students for the future.
This 1:1 (One-to-One) Handbook is intended to promote the responsible and productive use of devices as primary learning resource.
What is 1:1 (One–to–One)?
Successful 1:1 implementation transforms how teachers teach and how students learn. A digital device in the hands of all students engages them in highly interactive, transformational learning. Students need to be producers and evaluators of knowledge, not just consumers. In the digital age, analyzing information is a critical skill. In a 1:1 initiative, students will regularly have the opportunity to locate, evaluate, and interpret information, as well as collaborate with others to engage in authentic, real-world tasks.
In preparing students to succeed in the 21st century, schools must ensure that students are:
A 1:1 device initiative provides a key resource for teachers who are helping students develop these skills and competencies.
What Does 1:1 Look Like?
Implementation of a 1:1 program will focus on using the device as a tool to provide students with effective and engaging instruction based on the standards and curriculum. The digital content, strategies, and resources embedded in the curriculum will provide support for planning instruction with technology, not teaching the technology itself. The primary goal is always effective, engaging instruction.
An effective 1:1 program supports instruction that is individualized, differentiated, and personalized. Individualized instruction is paced to the learning needs of different learners. The learning goals remain the same for all students, but each student can progress through the material at their own pace and according to their individual learning needs. Differentiation refers to research-based instruction that is tailored to the learning preferences and needs of learners. The method or approach of instruction can vary based on what is most appropriate for a single student or group of students. Personalized instruction incorporates both individualized and differentiated instruction, and a device can provide what is needed – tailored, student-centered instruction. Used alongside curriculum with appropriate technology tools and resources, the devices will make instruction more manageable and effective.
In the 1:1 initiative, the goal is for students to become more active learners and producers of knowledge. Effective use of digital devices will progressively lead to more engaging forms of classroom interactions that are personalized, individualized, and differentiated. Students will be able to design their own learning with the teacher as facilitator. This pedagogical model supports our School’s overall learning strategy. Our instructional focus will be:
Receiving Your Device:
Parents & Students must sign and return the 1:1 Handbook Policy & Responsible Use Policy document before the device can be issued. These documents can be found on the last page of this handbook and will need to be signed.
Student-issued Devices are a Primary Instructional Resource and the rental fee for this school year will be paid by the School. Costs related to damaged Devices are the responsibility of the parent, as has traditionally been the case with textbooks.
Our School requires the device insurance and for this year (2016-17) the insurance will be covered by the school
Students will be trained on how to use the device using online training tools as well as by their classroom teachers. Training documents and videos will be available online for students to refer to when needed.
Student Devices and accessories (charger) will be collected at the end of each school year for maintenance over summer vacation.
Any student who transfers leaving our School will be required to return their device and accessories. If a device and the accessories are not returned, the parent/guardian will be held responsible for payment in full.
Taking Care of Your Device:
Students are responsible for the general care of the device which they have been issued by the school. Devices that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the School Office. If a loaner device is needed, one will be issued to the student until their device can be repaired or replaced.
Carrying the Device:
Any protection used to cover the device will only provide minimal protection. It is will not prevent damage from dropping or abusive handling. For example you shouldn’t toss the device while it’s in a protective covering as the protective covering you choose will only protect against cosmetic damage.
The device screen can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.
Using Your Device:
The device is intended for use at school each and every day. In addition to teacher expectations for device use, school messages, announcements, calendars, academic handbooks, student handbooks and schedules will in the future be accessed using the device. Students must be responsible for bringing their device to all classes, unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.
All students are required to take their device home each night throughout the school year for charging. Devices must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. Students need to charge their Devices each evening. If students leave their device at home, they must immediately phone parents to bring the device to school. Repeat violations of this policy will result in referral to administration and possible disciplinary action. It is recommended that students not carry the AC Adapter power cord (charger) to school. If fully charged at home, the battery will last throughout the day.
Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes.
Printing functionality will be available on a limited basis at school and subject to classroom requirements. Teaching strategies will facilitate digital copies of homework.
Users may print to their home printers using the Google Cloud Print service. A wireless home network is required for this.
Managing Your Files and Saving Your Work:
Students may save documents to their Google Drive, or they may save to an external memory device such as a miniSD card or USB flash drive. Saving to Google Drive will make the file accessible from any computer with internet access. Students using Google Drive to work on their documents will not need to save their work, as Drive will save each keystroke as the work is being completed. It will be the responsibility of the student to maintain the integrity of their files and monitor saved files. Students will be trained on proper file management procedures.
Personalizing the Device:
Devices must remain free of any decorative writing, drawing, stickers, paint, tape, or labels that are not issued by the School.
Students may add appropriate music, photos, and videos to their device. Personalized media are subject to inspection.
Software on Device:
Originally Installed Software:
Device software is delivered via the appropriate app store. These are web-based applications that do not require installation space on a hard drive. The software originally installed on the device must remain on the device in usable condition and easily accessible at all times.
In addition to the device’s operating system, each device includes many other applications useful in an educational environment. The operating system on the device will automatically install updates when the device is shut-down and restarted.
From time to time the school may add software applications for use in a particular course. This process will be automatic with virtually no impact on students. Applications that are no longer needed will automatically be removed by the school as well.
Additional virus protection is unnecessary due to the unique nature of the device design.
Students are able to install software and apps which have been approved and enabled by our School.
From time to time, devices may be inspected. The purpose for inspection will be to check for proper care and maintenance as well as inappropriate material being carried into the school.
Procedure for Restoring the Device:
If technical difficulties occur, technical support staff will use the “5-minute” rule. If the problem cannot be fixed in 5 minutes, the device will be restored to factory defaults. In a 1:1 environment it is impossible for support staff to maintain a working environment for all if too much time is spent fixing every glitch that may arise. Restoring the device will restore the device to the state in which the user originally received it. All student-created files stored on an external miniSD card, USB flash drive, or back-up drive will be intact after the operating system is restored. All files saved on the device that have been synced to the back-up drive will be intact. However, all other data (music, photos, documents) stored on internal memory that has NOT been synced will likely not be restored.
Protecting & Storing Your Device:
Devices will be labeled in the manner specified by the school. Devices can be identified in the following ways:
Under no circumstances are students to modify, remove, or destroy identification labels.
Storing Your Device:
When students are not monitoring their device, they should be stored in their lockers with the lock securely fastened. Nothing should be placed on top of the device, when stored in the locker. Students need to take their device home with them every night. The device is not to be stored in their lockers or anywhere else at school outside of school hours. The device should be charged fully each night at the student’s home. Devices should never be stored in a vehicle.
Storing Device at Extra-Curricular Events:
Students are responsible for securely storing their device during extra-curricular events and should communicate with their coach or sponsor if there are questions about safe storage areas.
Device Left in Unsupervised / Unsecured Areas:
Under no circumstance should a device be stored in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include the school grounds and campus, cafeteria, unlocked classrooms, library, locker rooms, dressing rooms, hallways, bathrooms, extra-curricular bus, in a car, or any other entity that is not securely locked or in which there is not supervision. Unsupervised Devices will be confiscated by staff and taken to the Principal’s office.
Repairing or Replacing Your Device:
Devices Undergoing Repair:
Warranty: The manufacturer warrants the device from defects in materials and workmanship and the school will take responsibility for issues related to defects in materials and workmanship. This limited warranty covers normal use, mechanical breakdown, or faulty construction and will provide replacement parts necessary to repair or replace the device. The manufacturer warranty DOES NOT warrant against damage caused by misuse, abuse, or accidents. Please report all device problems to the School Office. If a device becomes defective (at no fault of the student) our School will replace the device at no charge with a new or refurbished device.
As part of the 1:1 initiative, our School requires an accidental damage insurance (to be covered by the school this year 2016-17) prior to the deployment of the device to your child. Our School will be the sole provider of this insurance. Under this insurance policy the Devices are protected against accidental damage or damage due to an act of nature. A student making a false report will also be subject to disciplinary action as outlined by the school discipline code.
This insurance policy does not cover for loss of the device and/or its accessories, cosmetic damage, or damages caused by misuse and abuse. Our School will assess the device damage and then repair or replace the device if the damage is determined to be accidental and within the protection guidelines. Parents/Students will be charged full replacement cost of a device damaged due to misuse or abuse.
Costs of Lost or Damaged Device and Accessories (NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE):
A device or any of its accessories that are lost (whereabouts unknown) or damaged are the responsibility of the student and parent and the replacement cost must be paid to the School.
Total cost of lost or misused/abused device & carrying case: R.O. 200
The Office will be the first point of contact for repair of devices. Services provided include:
Technology Responsible Use:
Privacy and Safety:
The 1:1 Handbook Student Pledge
Responsible Use Policy
Use of the Internet and digital devices is intended to further student learning for students. Students and Staff have the responsibility to use the Internet, other software, and hardware in a responsible and informed way, conforming to understood, responsible use and courtesies. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in suspension of privileges.
Respect and protect your privacy and the privacy of others
Respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic resources
Respect and protect the copyrighted/intellectual property of others
Respect and practice the principles of community
Please download the Parent/Student Sign Off page at https://www.kgis-edu.com/main/attachments