In the Northampton Public School district, students are exposed to a range of technology from robotics, raspberry pies, ipads, Macintosh desktops and Windows machines. That said, students also have access to chromebooks. While many of the elementary schools use chromebooks on carts distributed throughout the school, there are enough in each building that grades 3, 4, and 5 can have access to a device per student. Often in the elementary schools the grades share a cart of 25-30 that they check out and use when engaging in learning opportunities where technology is needed and enhance the instruction. For example, students used chromebooks to program Lego robotics while learning about erosion. In the middle school, students have the opportunity to bring their self-assigned chromebook to and from school. This same model is applied at the high school where students have a self-assigned chromebook to bring with them to class and home as needed to complete work.
To learn more about the specifics of each school program, see the pop-out menus or click the following:
Forms for Participation:
Required: Single sheet for NHS/JFK Protection Plan | SPANISH single sheet JFK/NHS: Acuerdo del Manual del Programa Chromebook
To fill out a repair form follow the appropriate link below:
Elementary Teachers (for student machines): https://forms.gle/pcEuH3juu9wPuLPg6
JFK Middle School Students: https://forms.gle/uxoQvpnWxFTZdyox8 Then go to your library & check it in with your librarian.
NHS Students: https://forms.gle/GWcRYcJrK9UhjdvH6 Then go to your library & check it in with your librarian.
Digital Drivers License
In order to participate in the program, it is expected that every middle school student will pass selected modules in digital citizenship that are required by the district to get their “Digital Driver’s License”. These involve questions about the repair process and general safety & digital citizenship topics. To access the test click the link below: https://forms.gle/WoXP2mD6BzP3Pz2E8
The school uses a software program for monitoring student activity while using their chromebooks and Google accounts called Securly. Securly allows classroom management where student accounts can be viewed by the teacher to encourage on task behavior, group sharing of computer screens and specific websites to be pushed out to students. In addition, student accounts can be monitored outside of school hours as well. It is important to note: When your student is logged into his/her Google account on a chromebook, the websites visited are collected through Securly. It is important to emphasize logging out of devices (this includes home computers) when not using the account just as a security measure at all times. Parents please check to see if your student is logged on prior to using the chrome browser at home as well. Video tutorials on how you can tell if you’re logged in can be found HERE. While this information is collected through the history in student accounts normally, Securly offers live time monitoring when the students are scheduled to be in class. If your student is out sick for the day and logs into his/her chromebook during the regular scheduled classes, his/her screen will show up in the class set for the teacher to observe. Student account searches may only be conducted by the Chief Information Officer or the Digital Literacy & Computer Science Coordinator upon request of a principal or associate principal investigating alleged violations of the student handbook, district policy and/or illegal activities. These are logged on a spreadsheet and the student and caregiver are notified. To learn more about this please visit the following: https://northamptonschools.org/account-monitoring/