Are Chromebooks safe?
Yes! There are many layers of safety and security involved with our Anytime, Anywhere Learning initiative. The safest way to use a computer is under the supervision of an adult. We also ensure that our students grow each year as digital citizens. Parents can learn about the CCPS digital citizenship curriculum and download a bunch of Internet safety resources here.
Technology helps us to increase our levels of safety and security, too. Here are a few ways our technology helps to increase student safety and security:
- Chromebooks have built-in anti-virus software that is always up-to-date.
- Chromebooks are secure. You can read all of the techie info here if you would like to read how the devices are engineered to be secure computing devices.
- We take student data privacy seriously. Read about how CCPS complies with local, state, and federal student data privacy regulations–and takes compliance a step further by listing each of our key student applications and how we protect student data.
What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook has a traditional physical shape of a laptop but does not run a traditional operating system (think Windows). Chromebooks run Google’s operating system; the Chrome operating system is built for (1) the web, (2) security and (3) Chromebooks. Advertised specs vary from model to model. Light weight and long battery life are a staple of each model.
Will students have the ability to use a mouse with a Chromebook?
Yes. Students will be able to use a mouse with their Chromebook. Chromebooks have USB ports so any USB-compatible mouse will work. Caroline County Public Schools will not provide a mouse unless proper documentation is provided.
What are the specs for the Chromebook?
To be announced…
Do Chromebooks support Flash?
Adobe Flash Player is directly integrated with Google Chrome and enabled by default. Available updates for Adobe Flash Player are automatically included in Chrome system updates. While Chrome supports Flash, it does not support other plug-ins like Java and Silverlight.
Do Chromebooks support Microsoft Office products?
Chromebooks are designed to work seamlessly with Google Apps for Education products rather than Microsoft Office products. While this may seem like a drastic change, Caroline County Public Schools is using Google Apps for Education for several key reasons:
- The computer skills that students learn on a Chromebook are easily transferable to Microsoft Office products. Google Docs are very similar to Microsoft Office products. (See the graphic to the right.) The look may vary, but the ways in which each tool can be used are the same. Therefore, the skills that are learned using Google Apps for Education can be quickly and easily transferred to other types of software such as Microsoft Office.
- The use of Google Apps is becoming more and more prevalent. Currently, there are 120 million users of Google Drive and more than 5 million businesses and institutions using Google Apps. Furthermore, industry experts predict that up to 50 percent of all businesses will use Google Apps by the end of the decade. Click here to see an article by CNN Money describing the increased prevalence of Google Apps. With the rapid changes in technology, it is essential that students develop skills that can be easily transferred to new and emerging technologies.
- Google Apps for Education provides students with anytime, anywhere access. Google products are available from any machine at any time. Because Google Docs are cloud-based, students will have access to their work even if they do not have access to their Chromebook. Unlike Microsoft products, parents will not need to purchase any software. By logging in to my.ccps.us, students will be able to access their work from any device with Internet access. Students who do not have access to the Internet can still complete their work in offline mode.
- Microsoft Office products will not disappear. There will still be computer labs equipped with Microsoft Office in Caroline County Public Schools. If a specific course requires the use of Microsoft Office, then students will have access to the needed software in school. Microsoft Office is available as a Web App through the Chrome Store.
What model Chromebook will students receive?
To be announced…
What case will students receive?
To be announced…