Toano Middle School: 1-to-1 Pilot Frequently Asked Questions

Letter from the Principal on the 1:1 Laptop Pilot Program

October 16, 2014

Dear Parents,

Toano Middle School will be participating in a 1-to-1 Laptop Pilot.  On January 8th, each student in grade 6 will receive a Lenovo laptop for use in the classroom as well as at home for educational purposes.   This pilot will provide guidance for the school division’s future direction as we move toward a digital conversion model.   It is our goal to increase student engagement and productivity through the personalization of learning and equal access to technology while extending and expanding learning beyond the school day and the four walls of the classroom.  Students will use their laptop to complete assignments, access classroom materials, research, create projects, and enhance their overall learning experiences.

We will be holding two Parent Information Nights regarding the pilot.

October 27, 2014 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the TMS Auditorium 

November 20, 2014 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the TMS Auditorium

During the Parent Information Nights there will be a brief presentation on the vision and goal of the program along with information on how teachers and students will be using the technology to support teaching and learning.  Device management and student expectations will also be discussed during this time.

This is an exciting time for the community, middle school students and teachers, and for the school district.  We are moving into a new era!  This change will help engage students by making them more active participants in their own learning.

Between the time that this letter arrives and the information nights, we encourage parents to view the information concerning the 1-to-1 pilot on the school’s webpage.  We look forward to seeing you at one of the Parent Information Nights.

Sincerely,

Tracey F.  Jones

Principal

Who will receive a laptop computer?

All 6th grade Toano Middle School students will receive a laptop (Lenovo 11e series) with a division-provided carrying case for protection.

Why is the division providing students with a laptop computer?

The division is interested in learning what impacts a 1-student-to-1-computer (1-to-1) program will have on teachers, students and families.  From classroom instruction to homework, the potential positive impacts of a 1-to-1 program look promising, but we think it’s important for the division to begin an initiative like this at one school before investing in a larger, division-wide program.

How will students use their division-issued laptop?

Students will use their laptop to complete assignments, access classroom materials, research, create projects, and enhance overall learning.

When will my son/daughter receive their laptop?

Delivery date is set for January 8, 2015, during the school day.

What will be the expectations of use for my son/daughter?

It is expected that the students will use the laptops for educational purposes, for example: completing homework and conducting research.  Every student will also be expected to agree and sign the Student Memorandum of Understanding and Responsible Use for Laptop Device.

Will all students be required to have a division-owned device?

Although it is not required it is highly encouraged because teachers will be using the laptops as part of their daily lessons.  Students will also be asked to complete electronic work from home; however, there will be an Opt Out Form available for parents and students to sign.  The form will give parents two options: to either opt-out of the program completely or to allow student access at school but not to bring laptop home with them.

How can I get more information regarding the TMS 1-to-1 Pilot?

There will be two Parent Information Nights:

October 27, 2014 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the TMS Auditorium

November 20, 2014 from 6:30 -7:30 p.m. in the TMS Auditorium

Will students be able to access the internet outside of school?

Yes.

Will my son/daughter be able to install software on the laptop?

No, only division-loaded software may be used.

Will parents be held accountable for damage to the division-issued laptop?

Parents will be asked to compensate the school for laptop damage that is the result of intentional or neglectful actions.

What will the consequences be for misuse or inappropriate use of a laptop?

Details are provided in the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and the WJCC Code of Conduct.

Will parents need to purchase additional items for the laptop?

Not necessarily, but it is recommended that students have a means to back-up documents for future use (e.g. thumb drive).

Can any family member use the laptop?

No, each student will log in with their individual username and password.  Parents are encouraged monitor their child’s usage and progress.

Will students be able to use the laptop over the summer?

No, laptops and carrying cases will be returned at the end of the school year.