FAQ's   (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why 1:1 Technology?

Our school believes that the integration of technology is essential to motivating and engaging students in rigorous and relevant lessons. 1:1 technology provides anytime/anywhere learning and opens the doors to the critical thinking and problem solving skills that students need to compete and contribute in our global society.

What is the timeline for the 1:1 initiative?

All High School students will receive a new computer, power cord/charger and case on November 19th.  Students and parents will be notified of more specific details soon.

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How will students be prepared for the responsibility of having their own computing device?

The 1:1 initiative will become a part of the student's everyday classroom experience. St. Ansgar teachers have been spending professional development time on technology. This will ensure that they have the skills needed to teach your student how to use his or her device to the fullest potential. Your student will learn: digital citizenship, internet safety, collaborative communication skills and more. Students will also learn how to care for and protect their computing device. Please familiarize yourself with the school's Acceptable Use Policy.

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How will this initiative impact the parents/guardians of students with devices?

Parents/guardians of students with devices are urged to talk to their student about this exciting initiative. They can also talk to their student about the character attribute of responsibility. Students will need to care for their device, charge it, and use it to the fullest potential. With support, the district is certain that students will benefit from 1:1 technology and instruction.

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Does this mean that students will not have textbooks?

Students will continue to have textbooks; however, they can expect fewer textbooks in upcoming years as our school expands its implementation of 1:1. Some students may be enrolled in courses that continue to utilize class sets of textbooks to supplement classroom instruction. It is important to note that the curriculum is not dictated by the textbook. The textbook is one of many resources used to deliver the curriculum.

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Why was this particular device selected?

The 1:1 Steering Committee identified the necessary requirements to accomplish the district goals. After review of available technologies, MacBook Airs were selected because they met the requirements of instructional range and stability.

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What will prevent students from accessing inappropriate sites?

Filtering software will be installed on each student’s device and will be active anywhere the student uses the computer.

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Will the device be turned in each year?

Yes. Each student will return his or her device to the school at the end of the school year, upon withdrawal from the school district, or upon request of a staff member. It must be returned in working condition and fines may be assessed for any damages to the device.

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What happens if a parent does not want the student to bring the device home?

Parents/guardians will need to indicate on their acceptance form that indicates their refusal to allow the device to come home with the student. Furthermore, they understand that their child is responsible for the completion of all necessary work related to the child’s classes. In our research, we found that only a few families opted out of this program. Of the families that opted out, most changed their minds within a few weeks.

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Can students use their own personal device instead of the school issued device?

Students are being issued a district-supported device, which contains specific instructional software and the support that is required for their classes. They may bring in a personal device, with teacher approval, but it may be limited in functionality. This is not recommended because the personal device will not be supported by the district.

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Will homeowners insurance cover the device?

Each family will need to check with their personal insurance agent.

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Will there be any cost to a parent/guardian?

There will be a optional $30 charge for the initial device and peripherals. However, cost for services, repairs, and/or replacements may incur. These fees will be charged to a student’s account and must be paid prior to being reissued a device.

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What happens if a device is not working?

The student will be issued a device on loan, if available, while the issue is resolved. Depending upon the issue or service required, the pricing chart may apply.

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What will happen if a student does not bring his or her device to school?

Students will still be responsible for the completion of their classwork, without the use of the device. These are the same expectations that would apply if a student forgot a textbook or other class resource.

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How will the student’s device be identified?

Each device will have a unique serial number and a label.

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When will my student return his or her device?

The device must be returned at the end of the school year, upon withdrawal from the school district, or upon request of a staff member. It must be returned in working condition and fines may be assessed for any damages to the device.

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What happens if a student’s device is stolen?

If the device was stolen off campus, the theft of the device must be immediately reported to the police. A copy of the police report must be provided to your child’s school the next day school is in session. If the device was stolen on campus, the theft of the device must be immediately reported to the principal. The parent/guardian will be responsible for either the deductible or the full replacement cost of the device, which is referenced on the cost and pricing webpage. All parents should discuss safety precautions with his or her child.

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What happens if a student loses his or her device?

This initiative is the perfect opportunity for our families, community, parents, and staff to demonstrate the character attribute of responsibility. However, if lost, the parent/guardian will need to pay the full replacement cost of the device, which is referenced on the cost and pricing webpage chart. Loaners will not be available for lost devices. If a student loses their device, he/she will still be responsible for all of the work related to his/her classes.

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What if the student does not have Wi-Fi access at home?

WI-Fi access is available to students in the school library before and after school. Students can also use community access points such as the public library or a local business. 

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