What is blended learning?
Caroline County Public Schools defines blended learning as the combination of traditional face-to-face instruction with technology to enable anytime, anywhere learning. This approach allows teachers to use technology for instruction and student evaluation. Teachers can receive real-time feedback on student performance, and students can learn individually at their own pace. By combining technology and traditional best practices, instruction can be differentiated to meet individual student needs. Instantaneous feedback and individualized instruction will also empower students to take ownership of their learning.
What does blended learning look like?
Teachers no longer rely on a whole-class, stand-and-deliver approach to instruction. Rather, the teacher becomes a coach and helps facilitate individual student learning. Students continue to receive quality instruction yet are given more opportunities to extend their higher order and critical thinking skills through the use of technology.
Will students be able to take their Chromebooks home with them?
Yes. Because the laptops represent a deliberate effort to expand learning beyond the boundaries and schedule of school, it is vital that they be used at home. That’s what anytime, anywhere learning is all about! This also helps us extend the formal learning community to include parents, siblings and other people important in the lives of each student.
Will students be able to keep their Chromebooks over the summer?
No. Like other class materials, all Chromebooks will need to be returned at the end of the school year.
Will students be able to download and install software on their Chromebook?
No. At this time, Chromebooks do not support software installation. Rather than running traditional software, Chromebooks rely on web applications. Caroline County Public Schools will install or make available various educational applications from the Chrome web store.
Will students be able to add apps from the Chrome Web Store?
There are numerous apps and extensions that can be added to Chrome. They are listed under Caroline County Schools in the web store. Some apps have a cost and will not be provided byCaroline County Public Schools.
Will students be able to charge their Chromebooks at school?
One of the strengths of the Chromebook is its exceptional battery length. When fully charged, the Chromebook battery should last the entire school day. Chromebooks should be charged nightly at home so students can bring a fully charged device to school each day.
How will students get Chromebook training if needed?
One of the goals of Caroline County Public Schools is to help students become self-directed learners. Students need to know how to find information to solve real-world problems. Needing help with a Chromebook can provide an authentic setting in which students can practice problem-solving and research skills. Resources can be found on the web.
Of course, students also have a great resource in their teacher. If you have questions that you cannot find on your own, write it down and bring it into your teacher! They would love to help.
Can students use their own laptops or tablets instead of a Chromebook?
The Chromebook is the required device chosen by Caroline County Public Schools. It will allow the school system to monitor student use at school and push out applications that students can use for classwork. While many other devices exist, Caroline County Public Schools selected the Chromebook for numerous factors including its light weight, long battery life, integration with Google Apps for Education, security, compatibility with management tools, integrated keyboard and cost. CCPS issued Chromebooks will contain additional services and filters that non-county purchased Chromebooks will not.
Can students use Google accounts they have already created?
Caroline County Public Schools has adopted Google Apps for Education and the account thatCaroline County Public Schools created will be the account supported on the Chromebooks. Caroline County Public Schools has also purchased apps and services that will only function with the CCPS account. Students will continue logging into my.ccps.us with their Caroline County Public Schools credentials to access the content and tools used to support blended learning and anytime anywhere learning.
Will students with disabilities receive Chromebooks?
Caroline County Public Schools is committed that all students will have the tools needed to access the curriculum. This applies to students with disabilities as well. The devices that students with disabilities use will be determined individually by their individualized education program (IEP). For some students this may be a Chromebook and for others it may be a specialized device that allows for access and meets the unique needs of the student. Devices will not be removed and replaced without consideration given to each individual situation. In the case where a Chromebook is not the appropriate electronic device another type of device will be considered to assist the student in accessing the curriculum.
Can students personalize their Chromebook?
Students can personalize their Chromebook as long as the items used can be removed at the end of the school year. If desired, students may use their own case. Removable covers/skins are okay, but stickers should not be used since they may not come off easily.
How can teachers monitor students’ online behavior and keep them on task?
Students and teachers will have an app called Hapara which allows teachers to remotely monitor student work. Hapara Teacher Dashboard provides teachers with a birds-eye view of student work using Google Docs.
Teachers will be able to monitor assignment completion and document sharing. Hapara Remote Control allows teachers to see what their students are looking at while in school. In addition, teachers will be able to send URLs to the whole class or individualized messages to students.
Can students print from their Chromebooks?
Students will be able to print from their Chromebooks at home, however, printing inside of school will not be supported. CCPS will be unable to troubleshoot any difficulties that may be encountered when interacting with home printers. Students can pull up Google Documents from any computer connected to the internet. If students already have an internet capable computer wired to a printer, students can pull up their account and print from that machine.
How can I reset the Chromebook to stop the pop up box from continually appearing?
Please note that by following the directions below, you will be resetting your Chromebook to the original settings. If you currently have any apps or extensions, you will need to re-install/re-enable them after completing the reset.
1. Open Chrome.
2. Click the three lines in the top right.
3. Click Settings.
4. Scroll down and click “Show advanced settings.”
5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Reset Settings.”
What is the “authentication required” pop up box?
Each time a student attempts to access the internet on their Chromebook, an “Authentication Required” box pops up. To access the internet, students need to enter their CCPS username (ID number) and password.
Sometimes the “Authentication Required” box disappears before you can fill in both fields. Simply hit refresh on the browser to get the box to pop up again. Very little activity on the internet will be available until the “Authentication Required” username and password are filled in correctly.
How do I change my profile picture on a Chromebook?
Please follow the instructions below to change your profile picture. Remember, the purpose of your profile picture is to identify to who the Chromebook belongs to. Your profile picture must depict your face, and only your face (no hats, sunglasses, hockey masks etc.), at all times!
- Click on your picture in the lower right corner of your Chromebook. Choose “Settings”.
- Scroll down until you see the section labeled “people”. Click on your profile picture to change it.
- Click on the camera icon to take a new picture.
- Click on the green camera icon to take the picture, then click “Done”.