One-to-One Handbook

    2010 Pinckney Community Schools Laptop Handbook.

    Download file "2010Handbook.pdf"
    Table of Contents
    1. About One to One
    1. Vision
    2. Basic Program Description
    2. Student & Parent Responsibilities
    1. Handling & Care of the Laptop
    2. Power Management
    3. Transport
    4. Ethical & Appropriate Use
    5. Loss or Damage to Laptop
    6. School Use
    7. Home Use
    1. Monitoring & Supervision
    2. Internet Access
    3. Printing
    3. Hardware & Software
    1. Hardware
    2. Software
    3. Backup & File Storage
    4. Software Support
    5. Troubleshooting

    1. About One-to-One
    We believe that the Pinckney Community Schools must develop a 21st century one-to-one learning environment. Our students, through the enhanced use of technology, will be able to be more competitive in both higher education and the workplace. We must take advantage of the opportunities posed by technology to enhance and deepen student learning.
    One-to-one computing and learning provides every student and teacher with access to his or her own personal portable technology device in a wireless environment. It allows students to learn at their own pace and level. This concept is rapidly gaining momentum worldwide as a key to transforming education and better preparing students to succeed in a global marketplace. Unlike a traditional approach in which teachers control the learning process, giving students access to personal technology and the Internet enables them to be self-directed and get highly personalized instruction. Teachers are able, in a technology rich environment, to individualize education for each child in ways that address his or her unique needs. Students can then use their personal devices to do research, homework, team projects, email and academic coursework. At the same time, they gain valuable technology skills that will be beneficial throughout their life and future career.
    Schools that have implemented one-to-one programs are already experiencing excellent results. Students spend more time on tasks, complete more homework assignments and get better test scores, while absenteeism and discipline referrals decline significantly. Teachers and administrators also report that students are more engaged and interested in learning, and they are gaining the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will serve them in life-long learning.

    1.2.Basic Program Description
    Students in grades seven through twelve will receive a laptop computer to use in school and at home for the duration of the school year. This laptop will be assigned to the student for their entire academic career in the Pinckney Community Schools.
    Technology has always been a part of learning. From the quill to the ball point pen, the chalkboard to the whiteboard, and from the slide rule to the calculator, students and teachers have been using the current technologies of the day in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.
    Today’s students have access to a wide variety of new digital technologies from cell phones to video games in their personal lives. They will live their lives in a digital world with high speed Internet and anytime, anywhere access. They learn and use these tools quickly and proficiently.
    The intent of this project is to bring current technologies into the process of teaching and learning and to combine technology and learning in a way that our students can achieve their full potential and be prepared for life.

    2. Student & Parent Responsibilities
    By allowing students to take their laptop home, families assume some risk. Parents/guardians will be responsible for the deductible to replace/repair the laptop in the event of theft, loss or damage due to intentional or unintentional abuse or misuse.
    1. Handling & Care of the Laptop
    Keep the laptop in its protective case at all times.
    Use the laptop on a flat, stable surface.
    Do not set anything (such as books) on top of the laptop.
    Avoid carrying the laptop with the screen open.
    Be careful not to leave anything (such as pencils or pens or papers) on the keyboard when closing the screen.
    Do not pick up the laptop by the screen.
    No food or drink around laptop.
    Cleaning – wipe surfaces with a clean dry soft cloth.
    Avoid touching the screen with fingers, pens, or pencils.
    If hands are dirty, wash them before using laptop.
    Do not use the laptop in dusty or dirty environment.
    If the laptop has been in a cold car, allow several minutes for it to warm to room temperature before use.
    Do not leave the laptop exposed to direct sunlight or near any heat or moisture sources for extended periods of time.
    Students may not write on, attach sticker or decals, or deface the laptop in any way. If they desire to decorate their laptop in a school appropriate manner, they must obtain a removable cover at their own expense (available in the school bookstore.)
    2. Power Management
    It is the student’s responsibility to recharge the laptop’s battery so it is fully charged by the start of the next school day.
    Whenever the laptop is not in use, close the screen to put it to sleep to extend battery life.
    Turning down the screen’s brightness during use can also significantly extend the duration of the battery’s charge.
    The power adapter needs to be carried in the laptop case pocket.

    3. Transport
    The laptop should be transported shutdown (turned off) or in sleep mode (screen closed) and in its protective case.
    Do not leave laptop in a vehicle for extended periods of time or overnight.
    Do not leave laptop in visible sight when left in vehicle.

    4. Ethical & Appropriate Use
    Students are expected to adhere to the Pinckney Community Schools Acceptable Use Policy (which is available online at http://www.pinckneyschools.org/ under the One-to-one menu), and school policies in the Student Handbook, and classroom norms discussed in class.
    5. Loss or Damage to Laptop
    If a laptop is lost, stolen or damaged, please notify the school immediately.
    Each student is responsible for his or her computer’s security, condition, content and use. Parents/guardians and students should not allow others to use the laptop without their supervision.
    Lost or stolen – Parents/guardians are responsible if the laptop is lost or stolen. The schoolʼs insurance will cover a majority of the replacement cost for the laptop after a police report has been filed, with the parents/guardians responsible for the $275 deductible.
    Damaged – A damaged laptop is the responsibility of the student and his/her parents/guardians. For each incident, families are responsible for paying for the cost of the repair up to the $275 deductible, with the school insurance covering the remainder. Any damage needs to be reported promptly to the school.
    Change in District – If a student plans on leaving Pinckney Community Schools to attend school in another district, the laptop needs to be turned in to either Pinckney High School or Pathfinder Middle School along with their textbooks and other school-owned materials before the student transfers. Laptops not returned in a timely manner will be considered stolen and reported with the police.

    6. School Use
    It is expected that students bring their laptop with them every school day.
    Students will abide by new classroom norms concerning laptop use during class.
    When not in use during class, the laptops will be closed and in the case to maintain battery life.
    During a class that the laptop will not be used (ie. phys ed, band), the laptop will be locked up in the studentʼs locker.
    The school may provide alternate sites during lunch that would provide students with a safe environment for using their laptop.
    Each student is responsible for his or her computer’s security, condition, content and use. Students should not allow others to use their laptop without their supervision.

    7. Home Use
    1. Monitoring & Supervision
    Parents/guardians are in complete charge of the laptop while it is in the home.
    Laptop should be used in a location where use can be monitored and supervised by a parent. Unsupervised use is strongly discouraged. e.g. use in a childʼs bedroom.
    Each student is responsible for his or her computer’s security, condition, content and use. Parents/guardians and students should not allow others to use the laptop without their supervision.
    Special software has been installed which allows the school to monitor computer use, time spent on applications, and websites visited.

    2. Internet Access
    Any type of Internet at home is the decision and responsibility of the studentʼs parent/guardian. The school will not be providing Internet access away from school.
    The laptop’s browsers are configured to use Internet filtering, whether accessing the Internet from home or from the classroom. Internet filtering only restricts access to unacceptable sites. A list of the categories of restricted sites is available on the Pinckney Community Schools website.
    The laptops can access the Internet away from school using broadband (e.g. Charter, AT&T or Verizon DSL), or a wireless connection. Wireless Hotspots that require a user authentication will not work with our current filtering software. The school district will not provide Internet access outside of our facilities.
    While Internet filters provide an important level of protection, no filter program provides 100% protection. Parental monitoring and supervision are still very important.

    3. Printing
    Students are allowed to print to a home printer. For most USB printers, printer software already exists on the laptop and only requires connecting and adding the printer.
    If additional drivers are required, they will need to be installed at school.

    3. Hardware & Software
    1. Hardware
    The laptop will be a MacBook manufactured by Apple Inc.
    One power supply is included. Additional power supplies may be purchased at the school store or from an Apple dealer.
    The protective laptop case should be used at all times
    The identification badge that must not be removed from the case

    2. Software
    Each computer will come with the following software installed. It is the responsibility of the student to have this software on the computer at all times. Additional titles may be added to this list over time.
    Productivity Creativity Management
    Open Office
    Text Processor
    SketchUp Pro
    Google Earth
    Adobe Creative Suite
    Acrobat Pro
    Comic Life
    Apple Remote Desktop;
    M86 Content Filter

    3. Backup & File Storage
    School related files will be automatically backed up to the network while students are using their laptop at school in the 2011-2012 school year. Until then, it will be the student’s responsibility to back up important files that they create either to a personal flash drive or to one of the districts file servers.
    Internet access is not required to work on documents at home.
    Students need to keep 5 GB free on their hard drives at all times for optimal operation.

    4. Software Support
    It is critical that students become mini-experts in learning how to seek help from sources other than their teachers as they will be utilizing the software at anytime and anyplace. Additionally, they may more often choose to use an application that teachers are not familiar with. Below are the appropriate places to seek the information they may need:
    First step: Use the applicationʼs help system, located under the Help Menu while running the application or often by pressing the Shift + ⌘ + ? keys.
    Second step: Check the One-to-One Training site on-line to see if someone else has encountered the same issue you are having; if not, post a question in the Discussion Area
    Third step: Perform a search online for the directions/answers if you have Internet access.
    Fourth step: Contact a classmate

    3.5 Troubleshooting Most laptop problems can be resolved by the user by trying these steps:
    First step: if it is a spinning beach ball, be patient; many times this self-corrects
    Second step: Force quit the problem program.
    Third step: Restart the computer by going to the Apple Menu and selecting restart.
    Fourth step: Fill out a help ticket on the One-to-one website.

    These steps are discussed in more detail on the Troubleshooting Guide on the Pinckney Schools website under the One-to-one menu


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