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Distribution and BYOD Information for 2020-2021

Greater Latrobe Senior High School

Learning anywhere, anytime, from any device

  

GLSD Technology Program - 2020-2021

*For Students in Grade 9-12*

 

Greater Latrobe School District is committed to preparing our students to become lifelong learners and responsible, productive citizens. Technology plays an important role in this process as it has the potential to significantly impact student learning inside, as well as outside the classroom. Our district has a rich history of strongly supporting the effective use of instructional technology and has supported a one-to-one student laptop program since 1999. Our technology program has become an integral part of the classroom experience to support and enhance student achievement as we increase opportunity for learning anywhere, anytime from any device.

 

The Greater Latrobe School District one-to-one program is designed to provide students with a learning environment that promotes anytime, anywhere learning.  All students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to bring their own personal computing device for educational use throughout the school day. Any student choosing not to bring their own personally owned device will have the option to use a district device. Additional information on each option is listed below.

 

Option 1:  Technology Use

Provide students the option of receiving a district issued Chromebook. 

Students are provided:

  • Chromebook 11.6”
  • On-site support and maintenance
  • Loaner provided in the event of repair/service
  • Accidental damage protection warranty (ADP). Warranty does NOT cover damage that is intentional or malicious in nature. Please note: student is responsible for entire cost where the device is lost or stolen. We encourage you to check with your insurance company for coverage under an existing homeowner's policy or separate plan.

 

Option 2:  Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) 

Provides students the option of bringing their own technology device to school for instructional purposes.

Some Key Items to Consider for BYOD:

  • What type of device is best?
    • Lightweight and sturdy
    • Protective carrying case
    • Adequate battery power and easy options for recharging
    • Wireless capabilities for wifi connectivity
    • Adequate size and readability of the screen
    • Ability and ease for text input
  • Lost, stolen or damaged devices - As with any personal items such as phones, jewelry, etc. GLSD is not responsible in the event these items are lost, stolen, or damaged. We encourage you to check with your homeowners for coverage.
  • Technical support for student owned devices is not provided unless it relates to their district wifi connection.
  • While there are times that a Smartphone device can be an appropriate BYOD tool, there are limitations with screen size and text input capabilities that should be considered. At times, teachers may require the use of a device in the classroom other than a Smartphone.

 

 

Option 3:  Both options above can be chosen which allows students the flexibility of using the device most appropriate depending upon classroom activity and their specific need.

Students in both options are provided

  • Wifi access - a filtered Internet connection
  • Google Apps for Education account with Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Classroom. This provides necessary applications such as email, word processing, spreadsheet functioning, presentation tools, and video conferencing.  

 

STEPS TO TAKE...

If you choose the Technology Use...

  • You will be issued your Chromebook device the first week of school. If you already have a district issued Chromebook from last year, please bring it with you the first day of school.

 

If you choose BYOD...

  • Parents/Guardians - Complete the Returning Student Registration Forms (sent to guardian's email)
  • Students - complete forms sent to your school email address
  • Submit the online GLSD Student BYOD Device Registration Form.  If you complete this form, you do not need to bring your device to the technology office.
  • Your device will be registered for use on the GLSD wireless network
  • BYOD devices must be newly registered each school year 
  • If you have a district Chromebook from last year, please bring it back on the first day of school in order to have it collected since you will be using your own device this year.

 

IMPORTANT NOTES...

  • For Parents/Guardian - The Technology and BYOD Agreement are provided through our online Returning Student Registration process. An email link was sent to the guardian email address on record.
  • For Students - The Technology and BYOD Agreement will be sent to the student’s school email address.

Please see Greater Latrobe School District Board Policy No. 815 titled "Use of Technology Resources/Acceptable Use of Internet." 

 

Additional questions, contact…

Rena Reeping, rena.reeping@glsd.us or Mandy Newcomer, mandy.newcomer@glsd.us - 724-539-4200 Ext 11105