The Gloucester City School District has a 1:1 Chromebook Program where every student in grades PK-12 has access to a chromebook to support and enhance their educational experience in an expanding digital world. As we navigate the 21st century, excellence in education requires that technology, including access to the Internet, be readily available and seamlessly integrated throughout the educational process. The primary technology tool of the students in the Gloucester City School District is the chromebook.
- All Chromebooks are supplied with the latest Google Chrome Operating System (OS). The Chrome OS will automatically install updates when the computer is shut down and restarted. There is no need for virus protection with the Chrome OS. Chrome provides multiple layers of protection against viruses and malware, including data encryption.
- Chromebooks seamlessly integrate with Google’s G-Suite of productivity and collaboration tools (previously called GAFE -- Google Apps for Education). G-Suite includes Google Docs (word processing), Google Sheets (spreadsheets), Google Slides (presentations), Google Drawing, and Forms. G-Suite is a free service that is designed to:
- Provide students with access to current technology applications and free tools designed to promote collaboration between students and teachers
- Give students the ability to work on their documents in school, home, or any location that is connected to the Internet via a laptop, desktop, or mobile device. They provide students with the ability to work collaboratively, engage in peer-editing of documents, and publish their work to be viewed by teachers and other students in the classroom.
- Google Classroom simplifies creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. Students can be invited by teachers to join a class and entry into the class requires a school domain address. It is a teacher-controlled space where students can exchange discussion, work and interaction. While parents may not join a Google Classroom, they can receive notifications from Google about assignment deadlines and weekly updates about their specific student.
- Students in grades 7-12 are assigned a District email through G-Suite that is managed by Gloucester City School District. The @gcsd.k12.nj.us e-mail access provides a standardized e-mail address to every student for school-related communications. If you wish, you may read more about the privacy, domain concerns, and parental controls, as per the Google Academic Agreement: http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/terms/education_terms.html
- Students in grades 9-12 will have extended services on their email addresses that permit them to receive and communicate with users outside of the Gloucester City School District. For example, students in grades 9-12 may have their District email addresses in Naviance in order to communicate with colleges.
- Google Apps activity is monitored by the District and is subject to the filtering of inappropriate content.
- Students are expected to adhere to District’s Acceptable Use Policy.
- Extensions and Add-Ons are custom features that users can add to the Google Chrome browser to enhance the functionality of apps. The District will install apps, extensions and add-ons as they are approved by the Department of Technology.
- The District uses a centralized Chromebook management system, which is utilized to change security settings, update software, add or remove applications, and monitor usage. Periodic checks of Chromebooks will be made throughout the school year.
If you need assistance with your student Chromebook, submit a ticket or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
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