1:1 Chromebook Program
Grand Blanc Community Schools will provide each student in grades K-12* a Chromebook for school and home use. Students will hold on to the device year-round and will only turn the device in if they are exiting from GBCS or the entire grade is receiving new devices.
Chromebook Program Key Points
- Students will be assigned a Chromebook device at the beginning of the school year
- The device will come in a protective case
- Devices will be kept for 3-4 years or until the student graduates. It is the intention to have students retain their original Chromebook each year while enrolled in Grand Blanc Community Schools**
- Families will be able to purchase optional insurance each year to help defray the cost in the event of accidental breakage
- Teachers have been trained by our technology consultants (Communications by Design out of Ada, MI) in how to use the device effectively within the curriculum as one of the many tools they teach with. Please understand that our teachers and students will learn and grow in the use of the Chromebooks in the classroom/virtual classroom as the year progresses
*Prior to the 20-21 school year, all 3rd-12th grade students were provided with Chromebooks. 20-21 is the inaugural year of GBCS' 1:1 program extending to grades K-2
**Students do not have a separate right to a device. It is the District’s intention to issue the same device barring abuse, breakage, theft, etc.
1:1 Device Handbook (20-21 school year- coming soon)
1:1 Device Handbook (19-20 school year)
Internet Options for Low Income Families
Free WiFi Hotspots in the Grand Blanc Community*
G Suite for Education
You can login with your student to their G Suite for Education account when they use their username and password to login to their chromebook or Google Drive.
GBCS and Google Apps for Education
In the fall of 2015, all GBCS students Kindergarten through twelfth grade received access to student Google Apps for Education accounts. The introduction of Google Apps for Education accounts ties in with our strategic plan goal to offer high-quality opportunities for learning that will best equip our students with the skills they need to be successful, especially in an increasingly digital world.
What is Google Apps for Education?
Google Apps for Education (or GAFE) is a collection of applications designed for schools. From calendars, email, web pages, Docs and Forms, all the apps synchronize and flow seamlessly together to provide for integration and collaboration for users within the district. Google Apps for Education are accessible through any web browser so files and work can be accessed 24/7 whether at home, school or on a smartphone. With the implementation of the district 1:1 Chromebook program (grades 3-12) GAFE became an even more powerful tool as students have the ability to save files to their Google Drive and access them wherever and on whatever they might be working on provided it is a chrome browser.
GAFE Tools Include:
Google Drive: Cloud-based file storage and organization
Google Docs/Sheets/Slides: word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation tool that allow multi-user access and editing
Google Calendar: a customizable calendar and to-do list
Google Classroom: a learning platform that allows for creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way
Google Mail (Gmail): full-functioning e-mail program. Students in grades 3-12 have access to Gmail.
YouTube: creating, consuming and curating educational video content.
What will my child be using Google Apps for Education for?
Kindergarten through twelfth grade students have access to Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, YouTube and Google Calendar. Kindergarten through second grade students have access to all of the Google Apps with the exception of Gmail. Third through twelfth grade students have access to all the Google Apps plus the ability to send and receive e-mail with their GBCS Google account globally. Students will utilize the GAFE suite to do many things that benefit their learning including:
- communicate and collaborate with teachers and peers both synchronously and asynchronously
- submit assignments to teachers
- create work or complete assignments
- become responsible digital citizens
- access school-related learning materials any time and anywhere
Can I see what my child is doing in Google Apps?
There is no separate parent view for Google Apps currently available. However, you are encouraged to explore Google Apps with your child at home by logging in together. Your child can log in to their account at home and show you what they are currently working on in class.
What governmental laws are Grand Blanc Community Schools and Google Apps for Education required to follow in regards to protecting students online?
The Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools have technology measures and policies in place that protect students from harmful materials including those that are obscene. The student internet access is filtered and harmful content is blocked (see Internet Filtering for more information).
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) applies to commercial companies and limits their ability to collect personal information from children under 13. Google advertising is turned off for GAFE accounts. No personal student information is collected for commercial purposes.
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of students' educational and personal records. Parents have the right to investigate the content of their child's GAFE account at any time.
Also, please refer to our Acceptable Use Policy for technology for more details regarding appropriate use of district technology.