Chromebooks: Grades 6-12
LCS provides student in grades 6-12 with a Chromebook for use during the school year. Chromebooks are laptop computers with integrated access to the Google Apps for Education suite and a robust catalog of educational content and online tools. Rather than using traditional software that resides on the device itself, Chromebooks operate on Google’s web-based ChromeOS platform and update automatically, making them easier to use, manage, and support. Students must be logged in with their dpi.lcsk12.org Google account to use their Chromebook, which creates a safe and personalized user experience. Students are encouraged to continue learning outside of the school day by using their Chromebooks at home and other off-campus locations outside and during district e-Learning days. A WiFi Internet connection is needed for much of Chromebook use; however, some applications and content can be used while not connected to the Internet. Students are bound by the Limestone County Schools Student Technology Acceptable Use Agreement wherever the Chromebooks are used.
Chromebooks are designed to allow users access to the internet via the Chrome operating system. LCS students can sign in to their Chromebooks using their dpi.lcsk12.org account to use Chromebooks and access Google Apps for Education accounts. The Chromebooks provided to students in grades 6th through 12th-grade students allow students to access and interface with content stored remotely with their Google Apps for Education account. Using this tool puts an emphasis on access to the resources of the Internet over access to a specific device. As long as a student has a connection to the internet, using a district account, they can connect to all the materials they create, communicate with teachers and collaborate with school and community members. Even when a connection to internet is not available, students who are using Chromebook can access, create or modify files offline that are associated with their Google Apps for Education Google Drive account.
- Ports: Whether you need to connect to the internet or a peripheral device, the Chromebook will make it happen. It’s equipped with two USB-C ports, for powerful and fast connectivity to peripherals. USB-C connectors are smaller and reversible, making for quick connections without first having to check a connector’s orientation. They also can charge your Chromebook or your peripherals, providing power in addition to connectivity. The Chromebook also has two USB 3.0 ports, 2 x 2 AC WiFi, Bluetooth® 4.2, and a Micro SD card reader, so it can connect to just about anything a student needs.
- Trackpad: Most of the Chromebook use is driven through a central trackpad that correlates hand movement to mouse movement on the screen. The track pad allows users to click via a soft tap or a firm press of the trackpad button. If users simultaneously touch and press down the track pad with two fingers, a option menu appears much like a right click with a traditional mouse.
- Sign on process: The Chromebook requires the user to have an LCS-issued Google account and password. Without an LCS-issued account, users will be unable to sign into and use an LCS-issued Chromebook. A personal Google account will not be able to access the Chromebook. If you are unsure about your Google account, please contact the technology department.
- Offline Access: Since a Chromebook is a web-based tool, its offline capabilities are limited. If a user needs to use or access files while not connected to the Internet, this can be done through the offline options in the Google Drive settings console. It is important to note that users must be sure to sync content while connected to the Internet in order to have access to content while offline.
- Troubleshooting: Since Chromebooks run on a simplified operating system, there are a set of basic functions that you can use to troubleshoot the device. If an individual website is not loading properly, please press Ctrl-R. Doing this allows the user to reload the web page, which often solves the problem. If problems persist, consider restarting the device using the power button. This process should only take 20 to 30 seconds. If there are issues with the internet connection, make sure that you are connected to the LCS network or your home internet network. This connection information can be found on the bottom right section of the Chromebook display. If there are still problems and you still have trouble connecting, please contact the technology department.
- Safety and Security: Limestone County Schools remains committed to providing a safe and secure online learning environment for students. A cloud-based content filtering system is used to block access to harmful and inappropriate content on and off campus. This system uses artificial intelligence to continuously analyze and block new harmful content. Content filtering and monitoring services operate on district-managed Google accounts, meaning it is active when a student is logged into any device, school or personal, using Google Chrome with his/her school email address.