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Google & Chromebooks

Google for EducationIn 2014 the Robla School District started utilizing Googe Apps for Education, Chromebooks and other chrome devices throughout the district.  Chromebooks give students, teachers, and administrators a simple solution for fast, intuitive, and easy-to-manage computing. Chromebooks provide access to the web’s education and collaboration resources, as well as offer centralized management and low total cost of ownership.
 
Using Chromebooks, teachers spend more time teaching and less time managing classroom technology, and schools can deploy more computers into the hands of their students and teachers.  For more information about chromebooks, check out the guide below.  
Basic Chromebook Care
 
To ensure you are properly using and maintaining your chromebook, please adhere to the chromebook care guide below.  
  • Carry a Chromebook:
    • with two hands always
    • by the base when the screen is open
  • Do not place other items (such as textbooks) on top of the closed Chromebook 
  • Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (such as paper, pens, pencils, notebooks)
  • Do not lean on top of the Chromebook with body weight -- this includes elbows resting on the Chromebook near the keyboard
  • Do not have food or drink near your Chromebook
  • To clean the screen, usa a soft, dry antistatic, or microfiber cloth. Do not use window cleaner or any type of liquid on the Chromebook.
  • Since almost all of student work is stored online (Google Drive), students do not need to use the same Chromebook. Assigning Chromebooks is up to the teacher for his/her own management system.

Connecting a Chromebook to Wi-Fi

While on campus, Wi-Fi is provided to students to access the internet, however when devices are taken home, students must rely on their home internet or other Wi-Fi solutions to connect the devices.  Unlike the district Wi-Fi networks, chromebooks will not automatically connect at your house or other location to the Wi-Fi, so please follow the steps below to connect a chromebook to Wi-Fi.  

 

For more information on low-cost internet options, Wi-Fi locations, or other online resources, click here.   

Step One: Turn on Wi-Fi

  1. Turn on your Chromebook.
  2. In the lower right corner click No network wifi icon.
    Note: If you see "Connected to" and your Wi-Fi network name, your Chromebook is already connected to Wi-Fi.
  3. To turn on Wi-Fi, click the switch.
  4. Your Chromebook will automatically look for available networks and show them to you in a list.

Step Two: Pick a network and connect

  • Connect to an open network

Click the Wi-Fi network Wifi icon.

Remember, your information might be visible to other people on this network.

  • Connect to a secure network
    1. Click the secure Wi-Fi network Secure wifi icon.
    2. Type the network password.
    3. Click Connect.
  • Connect to an unlisted network

Administrators may hide networks so only certain people can use them. To connect to an unlisted network:

    1. Click Join other network Unlisted wifi icon.
    2. Enter the network information in the box that appears.
    3. Click Connect.

Information for this network is automatically saved so you can connect automatically later.

Student Accounts
 
All students in the Robla School District will be provided with an Robla School District Google Apps for Education Account, which includes access to a variety of Google tools for learning and work, as well as their own email account.  In addition, Google integrates with the district's Student Information System, Illuminate, through the Home Connection Portal.  Student accounts are created and maintained by their classroom teachers and are used to administer assessments, communicate with other students and teachers, and work on various assignments.

Please see the Acceptable Use Policy and the District's Digital Citizenship Policies for more information on restrictions and student expectations.  

Just like many adults, students may likely already have one or more personal accounts and email addresses. Their school district account is designed to be a separate account used for school work and communication related to school business.

Robla School District Student Accounts provides the following:
  • a school district email (Gmail) account
  • Google Drive (unlimited storage for assignments, presentations, etc.)
  • Google Docs (for word processing)
  • Google Slides (for presentations, like Powerpoint)
  • Google Calendar (to help organize a student’s “work life” and assignments, due dates, meetings, etc.)
  • Google Sheets (for spreadsheets, like excel)
  • Dozens of other Google Apps. and Extensions to add to the account through the Chrome Webstore
Student Help Desk
 
To assist parents and students to resolve issues with accessing their student accounts, troubleshoot equipment issues, and other assistance, please check out the frequently asked questions below.
 
How can I access my account?  (Password resets)
    • For password resets to access your student google account and/or Clever, please contact your classroom teacher, they can provide you with your existing user name and reset your password.  
 
Sleep mode?  What is that?  
    • Our chromebooks utilize an iBoss content filter to restrict and monitor student equipment.  Student chromebooks are set to go into a 'Sleep Mode' at 10 PM every night and deactivate at 6 AM.  This is to encourage students to get a full nights sleep, as well as allow our staff who receive alerts via Bark to limit student activity overnight.  
 
I have a damaged chromebook, can I get it fixed/replaced?
    • Yes, we are in the process of setting up a system to swap out damaged devices and receive device returns for families moving out of our community.