What is the benefit to using an HCPSS-provided Chromebook?

Providing HCPSS devices will allow the school system to provide a reliable, safe, consistent, secure learning platform. We encourage all students to borrow an HCPSS Chromebook (as they become available) for a number of reasons:

  • Providing Chromebooks will ensure that all the students have up-to-date technology that has minimum system level requirements to run instructional applications and district approved tools.
  • With an HCPSS device, the school system can install software to give teachers more control and enable the teacher to provide more robust and consistent instruction experience to all students. With this software, teachers can push content to students’ Chromebooks, lock browsers to a specific website, push links to students, allow students to reach out to the teacher discreetly, etc. Teachers would only have access to manage the devices of students during scheduled class time. After scheduled class time is over, the teacher would not be able to use the management tools to control students’ devices.
  • The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children’s access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. HCPSS can ensure that all the devices are CIPA content filtered. This will help protect students and will help them stay focused on instructional content.
  • Staff will be able to better support students who have technology questions or issues when accessing online learning resources. HCPSS staff cannot support personal devices.