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iBringIT FAQs

Have a question that you don’t see below? Contact the Instructional Technology Director, Rachelle Thoren, at rthoren@cvcsonline.org.

 

Which grade levels are affected by the iBringIT initiative?

The iBringIT model is intended for grades 9-12.

I am interested in purchasing a computing device for my child. How do I get one, and how much will it cost?

You are free to purchase any device you wish as long as it meets the basic requirements listed below. Netbooks are typically in the $250-$450 range, and laptops can range from $500 to over $2000 depending on the brand and configuration.

What are the minimum requirements for a mobile computing device?

Access to the Internet
Wi-Fi capability
Keyboard
Mouse
Minimum of 4-hour battery life
Portability
Software (see below)
Anti-virus protection (Norton, Avast, AVG, etc.)

WINDOWS 8-RT devices and iPads are not compatible with the iBringIT program due to the inability to download/run required software.

Recommended Laptops:

         DELL Latitude Laptop D630 or newer (my personal choice)
         HP Pavilion 2000 Notebook or better
         Lenovo Thinkpad T430 or better
         Apple MacBook (my second choice if student is considering graphics art or web design course work)

         ***NO iPads, Android tablets, or Windows 8-RT devices allowed***

 

Recommended Tablets:


       Windows Surface with keyboard
       Lenovo Thinkpad 2 with keyboard
       IdeaTab S2110 with keyboard
       HP ElitePad with keyboard
       ASUS Tablet with keyboard

​What other accessories are recommended (but not required)?

  • Additional AC power adapter (in case you want to have one at school and one at home)
  • High capacity battery if available
  • Protective laptop sleeve or backpack with a computer compartment (to protect it better)

If it is available, should I get the cell service option for my student(s) device?

PLEASE NO CELL SERVICE ON DEVICES!  If students have cell service on devices, their device will not be able to be managed in our network and classroom management software.  They will not have filtered internet at school and will not have the full benefit of the tools we are providing through our network.

What operating system should I be using?

While Cole Valley Christian computers are all running Windows10,  8/8.1, and Windows 7, the decision for your own device is a matter of personal preference. Laptops running both Windows and Macintosh operating systems can connect to the wireless network for access to the Internet. Please note, the Windows 8 RT operating system is not compatible with the iBringIT program

What devices will not be acceptable for use?

                1. Smartphones
                2. Chromebooks
                3. Kindle/Kindle Fires
                4. Androids
                5. Devices that are strictly internet access devices

* With constant changes in technology, the list of devices excluded can drastically change and may not be listed in the above items.

What software do I need?

Anti-virus software is required for all computers. Free versions of anti-virus software are available for all operating systems.
 

Students will have access to Office 365 through licensing agreements with Microsoft, which will give them a downloadable version of Microsoft Office 2013 for up to 5 computers. We will be providing more details on this in the near future.

A web browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome)

What applications will CVCS want to load on a device at registration?

  • LanSchool Student – Classroom management software
  • Forticlient (optional with parent request) – provides options for Anti-virus, web content filtering, and other security services.

What if I need an expensive application that is not on my computer, like Photoshop or other specialized applications?

Applications that are needed for high-end computer graphics, engineering and other specialized use will still be available in our computer labs. Many of the functions available in these applications are available in open source software. Check with your teacher about using an open source alternative for homework.

Will the device be required to have an Internet filter?

While on campus, personally-owned devices will connect through the CVCS filtered network.  We ask that parents take the responsibility to protect their students' devices with filtering software for when they are not on our CVCS network.  CVCS will be offering education on internet filtering and protecting our students on-line for our parents. We will also be training our students in God honoring computer usage practices.

For your convenience, CVCS will provide the option to parents to install and manage client based filtering software.  This will be managed by Todd MacQueen, who is trained and certified in internet security.

For those who prefer to manage their own internet filtering, Todd is recommending the following tools.

  • Forticlient
    • We manage it for you
    • You manage it
  • Mobicip
    • Free and paid versions ($40 for 5 devices enables app control)
    • Appears to be a well-designed content filter suite

 ***For online safety information, please check out Todd MacQueen's Computer and Network Security blog and Tools for Families.

Are students expected to use their computing device both at school and at home?

Yes. One of the goals of the iBringIT program is ubiquitous access. This means access to the learning tools at home and school. Some homework assignments will require you to use your computing device, while other assignments will not.

How can my computing device be protected from damage, loss or theft during the day?

At registration, CVCS will place an identifying name tag on your device, complete with your name and year of graduation.

At registration, an application will be loaded on each device called Mobile Device Management (MDM).  MDM has the option of being able to track the location of a device using the internal location tools.  Parents will have the option of whether the tracking mechanism is turned on or off.  (It will not collect or send any data other than the location of the device.)

For Physical Security while at school:

  • You may store your computing device in your locker or keep it with you in your backpack or book bag.
  • CVCS is installing special temporary lockers in the commons so that students can lock up their device while they are at lunch.
  • Video surveillance is being increased to deter any temptations and allow students to feel comfortable storing their device in their locker with no lock.

For Physical Security away from school, but at school sponsored activities, such as away games.

  • Each team will develop a process to have a location for student’s stuff to keep them safe.  This may be on the bus, or a locked location that we arrange for, or in the stands under the eyes of parents.

We recommend that you use a sleeve to protect the device while in your backpack or book bag.

Will computing devices be used in every class?

Whether or not technology is used in class on any given day depends entirely upon your teacher's judgment about the best tools to use for instruction. Sometimes teachers lecture, while at other times they engage you in discussions, panels, or simulations, ask you to read silently or aloud, work in groups, or go on field trips. A computing device is a very powerful tool for engaging in scholarly work, but it is not the only tool that teachers use to deliver high quality instruction.

How will students stay on task and not be allowed to get distracted?

There will be multiple ways that teachers will maintain classroom management.  It is our desire to encourage success, not just try to prevent failure, but we realize that there is a very real temptation and distraction to having access to a computing device in class.  It is part of the learning process to learn self-discipline in this area:

  • Acceptable Use Policies:  We are developing a set of general acceptable use policies that will be shared with students.  In addition, each teacher has the freedom to define more restrictive use policies for their classroom.  Examples:
    • Students may only use their device when the teacher has given permission to do so.
    • Devices should only be used for the task at hand.
    • Any breach of a teacher’s acceptable use policy will lead to revoked privileges for expanded lengths of time, depending on the infraction, and possible confiscation of the device until a parent meeting can be scheduled.
  • Classroom management software:  Classroom management software will allow the teacher to see what is on each students screen in their classroom, and project it on the screen in the front of the room.

How will you register the device, make sure it has all of the necessary applications, and train the students?

The first few days of high school will be dedicated to preparing devices and training students.  Instead of going through a regular class schedule, students will go to stations that will do the following things. (This is just a summary)

  • Register devices with our IT team.
    • Load necessary applications
    • Provide MAC address
    • Label device
  • iLearnIT and Network login and training
    • Learn or refresh on how to login into and optimize the use of iLearnIT.
  • Digital Citizenship and Ethics.
    • Acceptable use policies review
    • God honoring computer usage
  • Security and where to get help training
    • Discuss good practices for physical and cyber security
    • Student Help Desk procedures

Will we be moving to electronic text books?

Not necessarily.  This will be done on a case by case basis depending on several factors.  We have had classes already in which we used electronic text books.  Despite all of the hype, this is still a developing industry and there are still many questions to ask.

Economic value to parents and the school will be a factor in any decisions.  Because of licensing practices, eBooks are not necessarily cheaper for schools that provide textbooks that can be used over and over again.  In our strategic decision to move to having students bring devices, our justification was never based on moving to eBooks across the board.  Ideally, we desire to reduce the load of text books our students have, and we definitely desire to have more student content available on iLearnIT so that students can access it from anywhere (even if they forget something at school).

Will students be able to back up their computers or store information on the school network?

Because of the availability of free cloud based storage, CVCS will not have access for student file storage on our network.  This is for two reasons: 1) The login process for students is much faster if they are not tied in to the school file server, saving class time.  2) Reduce costs of file server storage and technical support.  Students have access to many different cloud based storage options, but two come with tools that they will be using regularly.

  • Google:  Students have an education account with Google.  Google Drive provides 15GB of free storage.
  • Microsoft OneDrive: Students have access to Office365 and a OneDrive account.

Will students have access to any help or support for their computer while at school?

As part of our effort to always take advantage of practical educational opportunities, we have begun a certification program for students to become certified as computer technicians.  We have had several students go through CompTIA training this summer and many are serving in internships.  These students will man a student help desk where students can take their computer device and ask questions.

Support at the student help desk will be limited to software user support and basic troubleshooting.  Students with more serious computer problems will be referred to their warranty, manufacturer, or a commercial/retail repair location.

9/22/2014

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