Northview Public Schools issues Chromebooks to all of its students. These devices are traditionally kept at school for grades DK -2, whereas students in grades 3 through 12 often transport their Chromebooks to and from school. As we have rolled out these devices, we have of course encountered issues with breakage, loss, theft, damage, etc. Because we do not want to pass excessive costs back to parents, Northview has decided to partner with a company to provide parents with peace of mind for devices that are under their responsibility. We are happy to announce that we are working with School Device Coverage, who has been in the Chromebook coverage business for 8 years and as a company for 33 years. It insures some of the largest districts in the nation as well as individual small schools. We have negotiated an annual cost of $26 and want you to be aware of this optional device coverage package.
To learn more about the details of this, please read our FAQ’s document to get started.
Your student has a school email account that is used to login to school managed Chromebooks. All Chromebooks managed by our system can only be logged into with a school-issued email address. Personal Gmail accounts will not work when trying to log into the device.
Once logged into the device using their school email, they can choose to login to personal Gmail accounts in the browser. Students are able to access other domain email accounts from the Chromebooks.
Student email accounts are unable to send or receive emails outside of the nvps.net domain unless the email is part of a whitelisted and approved domain like gvsu.edu, ferris.edu, etc. That means a student won’t be able to send a file from their school email to a non-nvps email address (unless it’s a whitelisted and approved domain like the examples given above). This is a standard security practice in the industry that safeguards students who may be a minor as well as the integrity of our system and network.
Beyond the filtering while on our campus networks, our school’s Chromebooks are monitored and filtered using Securly. Securly sets filters for student access no matter where the student is located- school, home, a friend’s house, or a restaurant.
The applications and extensions available on your student’s Chromebook are pushed out through our management system. Downloaded apps will appear at the bottom of our student’s home screen. Any chrome extensions that have been enabled will show at the end of the Chrome toolbar inside of the Chrome browser. Students are not able to download apps and extensions unless we have them whitelisted. This maintains that the Chromebook can remain a tool for educational purposes.
Our school managed Chromebooks have been set up to print on campus. The current expectation for our higher grade level students is that they have the option to turn assignments in to their teachers digitally. Printing at home is possible through most, not all, USB/Wifi printers. We have found that USB is the fastest, easiest way. Directions for setting up the Chromebook to print at home can be found here.
Below are some of the most common scenarios we see day to day and the quick tips and fixes that go along with them.
Sometimes a Chromebook will have important updates awaiting to be installed. Most of the time, this will happen in the background automatically. But occasionally something might get stuck because a power cycle is needed, and a manual button press is needed. To check for updates:
If you are on an audio/video call and everyone is saying they can barely hear you, a simple solution would be to increase your microphones sensitivity. To do this;
NOTE: We have been given feedback that setting the input to 100% causes “robot sounding” audio and should be avoided unless necessary. Each service like Google Meet, Zoom and Facebook Chat handle audio and video compression differently.
Batteries on a computer are like tires on a vehicle. They wear out and eventually need to be replaced. Most of the Chromebooks in our district are newer and have healthy batteries. So if you are experiencing shorter charge times here are some things to keep in mind;
This isn’t the same thing as logging out, or closing the lid of the Chromebook, and then reopening it. To shut down the Chromebook, hold the power button down until the screen goes black. This usually takes 2-3 seconds. Count to 5, and then power the device back on. Sometimes, a simple power cycle is all the machine needs to run optimally.
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