Student Laptop FAQ's

Student Laptop FAQ’s
 
Thanks to the voters of the North Tapps community, all students attending North Tapps Middle School have a personal laptop computer for their use both at school and at home.  Students receive their laptops the first weeks of school and learn how to care for the device and utilize the programs.  We encourage all parents to become familiar with the device as well.

Is there a document explaining the responsibilities of the students and technology use?
Students and parents must agree to the Acceptable Use Policy conditions before a student is issued a device.  This document can be viewed on the District website or picked up in the school office.  The form was emailed to parents before the start of the school year.  

When will the laptops be distributed?
Most students will receive a Lenovo Yoga the first weeks of the school year.  Each parent and student must sign an Acceptable Use Policy and pay the mandatory Technology Fee before a student is issued a laptop.

What is the family's responsibility in monitoring their student’s use of the laptop?
Just as families monitor what TV shows or movies student’s watch, they need to have the same expectation for computer use.  A good general rule is the student should be ok with a parent or teacher looking over his or her shoulder at ANY time.  If the student would not want their teacher or parent seeing the website or document, then they should not be on that website.

Is the laptop for school work only?
The primary use of the laptop is for educational purposes.  However, we recognize there may be appropriate uses outside of the school day.  Students are not allowed to play non-academic games.  In addition, according to the Acceptable Use Policy, students are not allowed to download games and/or apps without permission from the Technology Coordinator or Technology Integration Coach. 

Will these devices be filtered?
All students' laptops are filtered at school, but not at home.  The filter is not 100% foolproof, so we expect teachers and parents to still monitor any online behavior.

What training are staff and students receiving for using the laptops?
All staff members receive training when they first receive their laptops.  As life-long learners, they continually take trainings and classes and use their own time to learn best practices of teaching and learning using technology.  Students receive instruction on proper care at the beginning of the year.  During the year, teachers instruct students on how to use their laptops and software programs to help them meet learning standards.
 
Will parents receive any training?
The Technology Integration Coach, will offer parent technology classes throughout the school year.  Information about classes will be communicated to parents.

Does the District provide any access to educational websites?
In addition to providing laptops for all students, the District has purchased several online subscriptions to help students meet learning standards.  Schoology, IXL, Reading Rewards, Core Focus on Math, STEMscopes are some of resources students will access during the year.  They will have an account and are responsible for remembering how to log in to each site.  Schoology is the Learning Management System and will be used for communication with both students and parents.  There is a mobile app available for parents to view students’ work during the year.

What is the Technology Fee?
The district purchased a $1,400 laptop for each middle school student.  To cover the cost of any accidental damage to the computer, a fee of $50 must be paid before a laptop is issued to the student. Examples of accidental damage may be a drop or spill.  Since the district will cover all accidental damages to laptops, we will have training and policies in place to help students care for their devices.  Please help keep these devices in working order and good shape as we plan to use them for future years.

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