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1:1 Digital Learning Initiative Connects High School Freshmen

1:1 Digital Learning Initiative Connects High School Freshmen with Technology
Posted on 08/15/2018
Acer ChromebookNorwalk Public Schools has announced the launch of the 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative for NPS incoming freshmen beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The goal of the program is to enhance the lives of students by giving them the tools they need to participate in a learning environment that promotes collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

As part of the district’s capital budget, incoming high school freshmen at Brien McMahon and Norwalk High School will receive a Chromebook to use and take home for schoolwork purposes. The Chromebooks will allow students to optimize learning by encouraging research skills and providing them with a valuable resource to enable continued learning at home. This technology will also help students to organize assignments, notes and resources.

NPS 1:1 Quick Facts

1.  Chromebooks will begin to be rolled out to students prior to the start of the school year
2.  Students will receive a case to transport their device and a charger. Devices are expected to come to school each day fully charged. Students will take the Chromebook to and from home every day.
3.  To protect this investment, the district is offering students the opportunity to purchase insurance for the Chromebook for a cost of $25. This insurance cover any repairs or replacement of damaged equipment resulting from normal use or theft of the device. Families experiencing economic hardship may request a fee waiver by contacting the appropriate school administrator. Upon graduation, students will be able to keep the Chromebook at no extra charge if the yearly insurance payments have been made for all four years and no repairs or replacements have been made.
4.  Students must use NPS provided Chromebooks and will be expected to use their assigned devices in conjunction with complimentary materials (e.g. books, handouts, etc.) as deemed appropriate by their teacher.

As part of the 1Million Project pilot launched last year in connection with Sprint, incoming high school freshmen who do not have access to internet at home will receive hotspots. The pilot program rolled out to 250 students at both Norwalk High School and Brien McMahon High School in January with the goal of having full internet access in place for all high school students within the next two years. Each student participating in the 1Million Project received either a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years, while they are in high school. Unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month.

Understanding that student safety is of the utmost importance, Norwalk Public Schools has partnered with Gaggle, a safety management system that identifies suspicious items and allows control and transparency for teachers and administrators. The Gaggle Safety Management system protects students when they are using school-provided technology and alerts school administrators when the child encounters harmful internet content. Access to certain student information remains the legal responsibility of the applicable school or district, which is required to comply with privacy laws and its applicable regulations. Gaggle will roll out to grades 4-12 at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.