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BMS Technology
 
Initially launched at the start of the 2013-14 school year, placing technology in the hands of each Brady student has helped to transform the educational landscape. Some highlights include:
  • Students are able to access learning resources anytime, anywhere.
  • Teachers are able to provide differentiated materials based on individual student’s needs.
  • Increased opportunities for student/teacher/parent collaboration and communication.
  • Students are more organized and better able to keep track of homework and learning materials.
Within the first few weeks of school, students will be issued a Chromebook, provided the student and a parent/guardian review and agree to the policies contained in this letter. On a daily basis, students will pick up their device from a designated classroom, be responsible for its use and care, and return it to the same location at dismissal. Students will not be permitted to remove the laptops from school.
Chromebook Information for Parents
 
What does it mean to be 1:1?
  • Each student in grades six through eight will be issued a Chromebook during the first month of school. Students will use this device for the remainder of the school year in all of their academic courses. They are responsible for the general care of the device and are expected to bring it to their classes as they would any other school supply.
What IS a Chromebook?
  • A Chromebook is a laptop device that, through the Google Chrome operating system, allows students to access such tools as internet browsing and web-based word processing. Because the Google platform is web-based, it allows students to access school materials from anywhere, simply by logging into their school-issued Gmail account. Chromebooks are small in size, as well as durable, so perfect for a student to utilize during the school day.
Why does my child “need” a computer or device at school?
  • Today’s students learn in a variety of ways, and utilizing Chromebooks in the classroom allows teachers to provide students with a personalized learning experience that is engaging and meets their needs as 21st century learners. Chromebooks provide students with a multitude of resources for learning that extend beyond the classroom. Plus, with the addition of Google for Education, students are able to collaborate with peers on presentations and projects, and interact with teachers through the use of Google Docs.
Are there fees?
  • To help protect the District’s substantial investment, starting with the 2016-17 school year, each student participating in the Chromebook initiative will be charged a $40 yearly fee to cover the costs of an accidental protection and damage program.
  • For more information, please view the letter linked below.
What happens if the Chromebook is damaged?
  • During study hall time, the student would bring their computer to Mr. Miller, Mrs. Drozd or Ms. Lee to determine next steps. If repairs are needed, the student will be provided with a loaner computer while theirs is out for repair.
Procedures, Rules, and Expectations for Students
  • Students will receive training and instruction on computer management, safety, and usage rules prior to distribution. As indicated above, there are many educational benefits to the use of Chromebooks within the school setting. With this use comes student responsibility for appropriate use and care of the Chromebook
  • At the beginning of each school day, students will pick up their device from a designated classroom, be responsible for its use and care, and return it to that same classroom at dismissal. Students will not be permitted to remove the laptops from school.
  • Chromebooks are to be turned off and plugged in at the end of every school day. This not only saves battery power and electricity, but also allows the computer to run important updates and be fully charged for use the following school day.
  • The Chromebook should be with the student, in the charging station or in a designated safe place in a classroom at all times. For example, when a student leaves a classroom for any reason, their Chromebook should be with them, in the charging station or left with a teacher who agrees to watch it while they are gone. Chromebooks should not be left in unsupervised locations (gym, cafeteria, hallway, etc.
  • Students have the ability to print to black and white printers, one located in each grade-level hallway. It is the responsibility of the student to be sure that they are printing only what is necessary for school related content, as not to waste resources.
  • If the device is damaged or isn’t working correctly, please ask your teacher to allow you to borrow the available classroom Chromebook. Report to the Media Center to see Mr. Miller, Mrs. Drozd or Ms. Lee during PRIDE.
  • If the device is missing, the student is responsible for finding it. During classes, they may use the available classroom Chromebook. With teacher permission, they should check all of their classrooms and talk to all of their teachers prior to going to Mr. Miller, Mrs. Drozd or Ms. Lee.
Schoology Information

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Understanding Upcoming Assignments:

Title ends with GRADE NUMBER & COURSE ABBREVIATION (ex -  6 Sci)

Titles include CW (classwork), HW(homework), or CW/HW (classwork to finish as homework)

The Date indicates the DAY IT’S DUE

The Time helps clarify when it’s due:

  • HW assignments are typically marked as 7:35 AM to show they must be done before school starts
  • In-Class assignments are typically marked as 2:35 PM to show they must be done before the school day ends

Daily Agendas: When used by teachers, are entered as calendar events, so they show in the “Upcoming” list.

Reminders: When used by teachers, are entered as calendar events, so they show in the “Upcoming” list.

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