Digital Transformation (1:1)
FAQs


What is a Digital Transformation?

PVSD believes that every student has a right to an education that prepares them as learners! We strive to empower our students with college and career readiness skills as well as tools to navigate learning in our ever-changing global world.  These skills include creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. 
PVSD embraces Anywhere, Anytime Learning!    Our digital transformation is designed to encourage and facilitate new ways of learning both in and out of the classroom as well as provide students with digital access.  

What is one-to-one (1:1) and how does it apply in a Digital Transformation?

One-to-one means….  PV determined CB based on committee input Cost effective, full-day battery time, integrates with educational platforms


How will a 1:1 environment enrich student learning?

Students will be able differentiate their own learning, utilizing devices for at-your-fingertip investigations that can exist beyond the classroom walls through synchronous and asynchronous collaborations and virtual experiences. A one-to-one environment affords opportunities to our students that were previously unavailable.  Expected device usage will vary based on the learning opportunities designed to support the intended outcomes of a course, lesson, or experience.

What is a Chromebook (CB) device?

A CB device is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. The CB devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud. Click here to learn more about CB devices.


Will there be a device fee applied to families?

The district provides the CB devices as a learning tool with no additional fee required.   However, families may incur costs as a result of breakage or damage outside of the CB device warranty.


What if a student’s CB device is lost or stolen?

If the CB device is lost or stolen, families will be responsible for the cost of a replacement CB device, just as they are responsible for lost or stolen textbooks.  


What if a student's CB device is damaged?

If the CB device is damaged, the district will follow the warranty procedures to repair the CB device.   If the CB device is beyond repair, or the repair cost exceeds the warranties, families may be expected to pay the repair cost.  There may be disciplinary consequences if the damaged is deemed intentional.

A loaner CB device will be issued to the student temporarily while their CB device is being repaired.  


Who owns the CB device?

All district provided CB devices are property of the District and the District retains all legal rights similar to other resources provided by the district (ie lockers, textbooks, etc.). Students’ right of possession and use is limited to and conditioned upon full and complete acceptance of the PVSD Acceptable Use Policy and the PVSD Electronic Devices Policy.  Each schools’ handbook can be accessed on the PVSD website.


What kinds of internet safety protocols/restrictions will be in place?

Currently, the District utilizes tools to ensure the safety of our staff and students such as content filtering, firewall, etc.  These same protocols and restrictions will apply to the CB devices.


Will restrictions still be applicable when CB devices are used outside of the school’s network?

Yes.  The CB devices are district owned and will be filtered and managed using district tools.  All protocols and restrictions apply regardless of network accessed.


If a student needs tech support for their CB device, who should they contact?

Students can visit the CB Device Service Center located in the library for tech support.


Will students be permitted to take the CB device home?

Yes, it is expected that students utilize the CB device for learning both in and out of school.    Families concerned about this expectation can contact their school’s main office to discuss further and, possibly, explore opt out solutions.


Will students be permitted access to their CB device over the summer?

Yes, to promote learning anywhere, anytime, students will maintain access to their CB device over the summer.  


Will District staff be able to access or control the webcam on the CB devices?

No. The district does not have access to remotely control webcams or other CB device features.


Can students opt to bring in a personal device/laptop in place of the district-issued CB device?

No. Students are expected to use district issued CB devices for learning and instructional activities to ensure uniformity and consistency.   

Are spare CB devices available to students who do not bring their CB device to class (for example, student forgot CB device at home)?

No.  Spare CB devices will not be supplied to students that do not bring their CB device to school.  Students are expected to bring their CB device daily in preparation for classroom activities. Failure to be prepared for classroom instruction may result in consequences.


Will students be able to charge their CB device in school?

All students are expected to charge their CB devices nightly at home and bring them to school fully charged. Students are discouraged from bringing charging cords to school as it may lead to hazardous conditions.   There will be a charging station in the library; however, availability may be limited based on other students’ use.  Failure to be prepared for classroom instruction may result in consequences.


Do students need Internet access at home for the CB device to work?

Many applications, including Google’s gSuite of tools, are accessible offline. While some projects and assignments do not require Internet access, the district understands how important it is to connect our students to the "net" so they do not fall into the digital divide of not having access to the Internet at home.

There are low-cost Internet plans available, including programs from Comcast (Internet Essentials) and Verizon (Lifeline).