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Tech for Ed FAQsDo all students receive a 1:1 device for the 2019-2020 school year?

No. Each year for the next four years, 5th and 9th grade students will receive devices from the district 1:1 program until it rolls out completely and all 5th-12th grade students in the district have a device from the program.

 

What about my student who will be entering a grade other than 5th or 9th next year?

Only 5th and 9th graders are a part of the district TechforEd program this year. This distribution will repeat every year, so eventually all students grades 5-12 will be a part of the program.

Schools that have existing programs will be continuing them. You should check with your student's school about the details of their program.

Students in grades kindergarten through 4th grade are not currently included in the district 1:1 program model. 

 

View answers to more questions by clicking on the category names in the colored bars below.

 

Device Logistics

How will students receive their devices from the TechFor Ed program?

Schools will determine how these devices are handed out. Please contact your school for additional information.

 

When will students receive these devices?

Devices from the TechFor Ed program will be deployed in three different phases for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact your school for additional information about when your child will receive a device.

 

What if we can’t attend the back to school/hand out night/event?

Accommodations will be made for families not able to attend events related to this initiative. Please contact your school for details.

 

Will families own these devices at the end of four years?

No. Families/students do not own the devices through the new district 1:1 program. The $50/year fee associated with the program covers the device and protective case (valued at $300-$350), digital learning tools (valued at approximately $17/student/year), internet filtering, bandwidth, and additional support.

 

What do upperclass high school students (10th-12th grades) receive from this program?

Upperclass students will not receive a device, but are still required to pay a $25 district technology fee. High school students in Jeffco are currently paying a similar $20 technology fee. $10 of this fee goes back to the school to fund their technology efforts. The remaining $15 goes to the district (as $10 has before) to cover subscription costs for instructional apps and other technology-related supports. The new district 1:1 program is supplying a core set of instructional tools (valued at approximately $17/student), increased bandwidth, and additional support for all students, not just those receiving devices.

 

What do students do with the devices that were previously purchased for 1:1 programs in lower grades?

Current programs will likely continue, but 5th and 9th graders will shift to the TechforEd program and receive a new device. If your family purchased a device for a student that will be shifting to the new program in the past two years, and paid the full price rather than a yearly payment plan or rental through your school (no BYOD purchases), you have a several options. You can keep the device, have it removed from the Jeffco system, and use it as a personal device. Some schools are allowing families to pass these devices down to younger siblings. The district is also offering a buyback program in the fall for these devices. If you have a device eligible for that program, you should receive an email from the district with information about how to participate.

 

Why are most schools using Chromebooks instead of another device?

Articulation areas met to determine which device their area wanted to implement based on numerous considerations. Your school leadership can provide additional details related to this decision.

 

Which version of the Chromebook will students receive?

Students in schools that chose a Chromebook will receive a 2nd generation Lenovo 300e. More information about this device can be found on Lenovo’s website.

 

Which version of iPad will students receive?

Students in schools that chose an iPad will receive an iPad 6.

 

What happens when a new/better version of this device comes out?

Given the rapid developments in technology, everyone can expect that a newer, more advanced device will arrive on the market. When it does, we will reevaluate what devices we purchase for this program. For our students and teachers, the device is still a tool to be used for teaching and learning. Learning must always come before any particular educational tool — whether that tool is a desk, a textbook, a protractor, or a Chromebook.

 

What are apps and extensions?

Applications or apps enable students to integrate technology into their learning experience. A few examples of learning experiences made possible with apps: a virtual frog dissection; manipulation of historical timelines for a history project; immediate access to information on current affairs that may be integrated across the curriculum of math, science, English, social science, art, and drama. Specific apps and extensions have been chosen to support Jeffco’s Generation Skills.

 

Broken/Lost/Stolen Devices

What happens if someone moves out of district and does not return their district 1:1 device?

If a student moves out of district (or otherwise leaves Jeffco Public Schools' enrollment) and fails to return the district 1:1 device and any assigned accessories (such as the case, cord, etc.) as directed, the district may, in addition to seeking reimbursement from the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), file a theft report with local law enforcement authorities. The district will also lock the device with the district management software installed on it, so it will not be usable.

 

What happens if my device is lost or stolen?

If your device is lost, contact your school librarian to report it lost and/or stolen. Steps will be taken to locate the device and the last person to log into the device. If those efforts to locate the device are not successful, the device will be disabled, rendering it useless, which often leads to it being returned.

If your device has been lost or stolen during a school break (summer, spring break, etc.) call 303-982-5678 to report it lost/stolen. If we are unable to locate the device, the student’s fee account will be charged the full replacement cost and students will be issued a replacement device.

Can students/families purchase their own cases for these devices?

No. The district has chosen a particular case for devices because of its protective abilities. This case will be provided with the device and should remain on the device at all times. We do recommend that you purchase a backpack or carrying case that provides additional protections while transporting the device to and from school.

 

What happens if I break my device?

If your device is acting unusual but nothing appears to be physically broken, go to the district TechForEd website and check the troubleshooting guide to see if there is an easy fix to the issue you are having.

If you have physically broken your device, take it to the library to check it in for repair, which will be done by Lenovo certified personnel in Jeffco. Students may be given a loaner device to use during the time their device is out for repair. Families will be billed the cost of the repair, if you have not purchased an Accidental Damage Warranty. Fees can be paid in Jeffco Connect when the repair is complete.

 

Devices & Learning

What if my child forgets to bring their device to school?

If a student fails to bring their device to school, they are responsible for completing their course work as though they had their device with them.In many situations, schools may provide a loaner device. Check with your own school for any specific policies they may have related to this.

 

Will my child use their 1:1 device in every class?

The 1:1 device will be the student’s tool to use at school. Its use will vary based on subject area, instructional need, and from teacher to teacher. The expectation, however, is that this device will be utilized across all disciplines.

 

Will students use other devices in class?

Jeffco Public Schools is committed to providing teachers and students the best technology for specific learning goals. Laptops, computers, and other devices may be available when necessary in the classroom.

 

Will my child be overexposed to technology during the school day?

We see the implementation of this district-wide TechForEd program as another opportunity to leverage technology for learning and, when appropriate, use the right tool at the right time. Sometimes it makes sense to put pen to paper or to turn the pages of a book, whether those are paper pages or electronic pages.

The TechForEd device offers students the availability of hundreds of educationally immersive applications and sometimes it is essential to use digital technology to find the best answers, synthesize mountains of information, and create something dynamic that will help transform our world.

Through this program we also want to create a level playing field, without digital haves and have-nots. The TechForEd initiative will ensure that every student has the necessary digital tools to aid his or her education and growth.

 

Will my child be taught about digital citizenship?

Yes. All students receive digital citizenship instruction. Students in the district’s Tech for Ed program will receive digital citizenship instruction during the first month of school. The topics covered range from device basics to Internet safety. Then students participate in ongoing lessons on digital citizenship throughout the year led by their classroom teachers. Additionally, family resources will also be provided to support family-school connections to support this initiative.

 

Devices at Home

If we already have an Internet provider at home, will my student be able to use our service with the district’s 1:1 device?

Yes, district issued devices will connect to most home networks. Please note that the district filters will continue to apply home. We are piloting a program to allow families to apply additional filters and visibility.

 

What if we do not have Internet service at home?

Please visit our webpage that outlines low-cost internet provider options and how to utilize your student’s device in "offline mode."

 

Opting Out of the TechForEd Program

Can I opt my student out of using technology completely?

No. If you are enrolled in a Jeffco Public Schools neighborhood school, there is not an opt-out option. These devices and apps are part of our 21st century curricular experience for students that aligns with the Jeffco Generations strategic plan. If your family has particular concerns, please discuss these with your school principal.

Can I opt my student out of using the district 1:1 device?

No. If you are enrolled in a Jeffco Public Schools neighborhood school, there is not an opt-out option. These devices and apps are part of our 21st century curricular experience for students that aligns with the Jeffco Generations strategic plan. However, as a parent you have control over how and if the device is used at home (question 4).

Can my student bring a device from home?

No. There are many benefits to having all students in a classroom using the same device.

  • Consistent devices and instructional applications (some apps operate differently on different devices) allow teachers the ability to provide more seamless instruction with fewer disruptions.
  • These vetted instructional applications, along with a district management tool and district web filtering tools are pre-loaded onto the devices.
  • The district management system gives Jeffco Public Schools the ability to lock a device if it is lost or stolen.
  • Additionally, many schools have added classroom management software to the devices (called LanSchool). This allows classroom teachers to monitor device activities during school and keep students on task.
  • The district web filtering tools allow us to provide a safe environment for students on that device whenever they access the internet (at school or at any location worldwide).
  • Support and repair for these devices will be available through both the school (locally) and the district (systems-level).
  • Students must complete their state testing on a district device, so using a district 1:1 device throughout the year allows them to familiarize themselves with it.

Can I opt out of having my student take the district 1:1 device home?

Yes. However, if your family chooses to have your student leave their 1:1 device at school, you will need to provide a similar device at home that your student can use to complete assignments. Additionally, your student will still have a designated district 1:1 device that is for in-school use. This device may be picked up from a designated area each school day in the morning and then returned at the end of the day.

Can I opt my student out of using specific digital instructional tools?

No. If you are enrolled in a Jeffco Public Schools neighborhood school, there is not an opt-out option. These devices and apps are part of the 21st century curricular experience for students that aligns with our Jeffco Generations strategic plan. If your family has particular concerns, please discuss these with your school principal.

Can I opt out of paying the $50 technology use fee?

No. The district-wide model only succeeds if we implement and sustain the fee structure associated with it.

  • This fee covers: the device and protective case, digital learning tools, internet filtering, bandwidth, and additional support.
  • Various fees existed across the district prior to this district-wide program. The new $50 technology use fee for students who receive district 1:1 devices and $25 technology fee for all other students will standardize those fees.
  • Some families were paying device rental or purchase fees on top of the existing $10-$20 technology fees. These will go away for 5th-12th graders district-wide once the program has been fully implemented.

Can I opt out of paying the $25 technology fee?

No. The district-wide model only succeeds if we implement and sustain the fee structure associated with it.

  • This fee covers: the costs associated with digital learning tools, internet filtering, bandwidth, and additional support.
  • District technology fees existed across the district prior to this district-wide program. These ranged from $10-$20.
  • This new fee replaces those previous fees and standardizes the fee structure while providing the items noted in the first bullet point of this question.
    • Elementary schools still keep $5 of this fee and middle and high schools keep $10 of this fee (until it phases out when all students receive their district 1:1 devices) for school-based technology-related items.
  • When a student receives their district 1:1 device, they will begin paying the $50/year technology use fee instead of the $25/year fee.

Can I opt out of being financially responsible for the district 1:1 device?

No. Similar to the standardized fees associated with this model, financial responsibility for lost, broken, and/or stolen devices are also important to the sustainability of the program. Additionally:

  • It is important for students to recognize their ownership of and responsibility towards these devices and act accordingly.
  • The district has recommended an additional accidental damage warranty policy that can help to offset any potential financial impact your family might face.

 

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