Your child will be issued a Chromebook for use during the 2016-17 school year by The School District of Lee County. The Chromebook functions like a textbook and is the property of the School District. What follows are some of the technology tools your child will have access to in the classroom and at home.
Teachers can create, share, and grade assignments through Google Classroom, as well as, have real-time discussions, provide feedback, and collaborate with students. Students will not only have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers but with other students. Because the Google Classroom is a closed environment, it is available only to students and teachers.
Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets
Teachers and students have a variety of ways to share and collaborate using Chromebooks. Google’s Apps For Education or GAFEs are one of those ways.
Google Docs is a cloud-based word processing application. A cloud-based application does not require the use of a disk or USB drive to save important information. Docs is Google’s version of Microsoft Word or Apple Pages. Google Docs is a great way for teachers and students to collaborate. When a teacher shares a document with students or students share with other students, engagement occurs in real-time; no need to wait for feedback. Google Docs allows teachers and students to collaborate on the same document at the same time and see changes as they occur. Faster feedback leads to greater and deeper understanding. Changes made to any document is saved automatically, reducing worry about the need to continually save changes.
Slides is Google’s version of Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote. Students can create and share presentations with teachers and other students. Like Docs, Slides brings a project to life by creating more authentic examples of collaboration. These documents are also automatically saved in the cloud.
Google Sheets takes the place of Microsoft Excel or Apple Numbers in the GAFE. Sheets can be used to track assignments, grades, and for sorting information. Similar to Docs and slides, Sheets can be shared, save automatically, and allow for quick feedback and easier collaboration.
All of your child’s work will be saved in their Google Drive account. Since their work is saved in the cloud, students can work on it anywhere from any device. This eliminates multiple versions and the need to merge documents later.
Students can create Docs, Slides, Sheets, and other Google documents right from the Drive. Folders can be created and color-coded to help with organizing all work.
Student can navigate to drive at: drive.leeschools.net.
Students will also have a district email address to use to communicate with teachers within the GAFE environment. A student’s email address uses their district login. For example: [email protected] (bh=student initials, 01=student’s birth year, 345=random characters).
Single Sign On
Student Chromebooks and Google Accounts are all linked with a single sign on. Students will only need one username and one password to access most all of the GAFEs.
Personal Gmail Accounts
Students should not use their personal Gmail account with their Chromebook. Doing this confuses apps which are restricted to county use and make it difficult to use the Chromebook until a school technology specialist can reset it.
Students must charge their Chromebooks every night, but leave the charging cable at home. A full charge on the Chromebook will last for the entire school day.
Chromebook Parent & Student Guide
All parents and students should take time to review the Global Lee Student & Parent Guide.
Chromebooks will be distributed to students within the first few weeks of the school year. Parents and students must sign the Lee County Schools Computer Responsibility Form which outlines expectations and responsibilities for the device.