Newell High School Tablet Program

The focus of the Learning With Tablets Program at Newell High School is to prepare students for their future, a world of digital technology and information.  As we enter the twenty-first century, excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program.  Increasing access to technology is essential for that future, and the learning tool of these twenty-first century students is the tablet computer. The individual use of tablets is a way to empower students to learn at their full potential and to prepare them for the real world of college and the workplace. Tablets encourage students to solve problems and think critically by stimulating analytical thinking. Learning results from the continuous dynamic interaction among students, educators, parents and the extended community. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. To the contrary, it transforms the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning.  Learning with tablets integrates technology into the curriculum anytime, anyplace.         


 

table of contents

1. tABLET SPECIFICATIONS

2. RECEIVING YOUR TABLET

3. TAKING CARE OF YOUR TABLET

3.1 General Precautions

3.2 Carrying Tablets

3.3 Screen Care

4. USING YOUR TABLET AT SCHOOL

4.1 Tablets Left at Home

4.2 Tablet Undergoing Repair

4.3 Charging Your Tablet's Battery

4.4 Screensavers

            4.5 Desktops

4.6 Sound

4.7 Printing

5. MANAGING YOUR FILES & SAVING YOUR WORK

5.1 Saving to the Home Directory

5.2 Saving data to Removable storage devices

6. SOFTWARE ON TabletS

6.1 Originally Installed Software

6.2 Virus Protection

6.3 Additional Software

6.4 Inspection

6.5 Procedure for re-loading software

6.6 Software upgrades

7. ACCEPTABLE USE

8. PROTECTING & STORING YOUR tablet COMPUTER

8.1 Tablet Identification

8.2 Password Protection

8.3 Storing Your Tablet

8.4 Tablets Left in Unsupervised Areas

9. REPAIRING OR REPLACING YOUR tablet COMPUTER

9.1 Gateway Warranty

9.2 Accidental Damage Protection

9.3 Tablet Protection

9.4 Claims

10. tablet TECHNICAL SUPPORT

11. tablet FAQ’S

12. Tablet Computer Agreement 

 


 

The procedures and information within this document apply to all tablets used at Newell High School, including any other device considered by the Principal to come under this policy.

 

Teachers may set additional requirements for computer use in their classroom.

 

1. TABLET SPECIFICATIONS

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The tablet selected for use at the Newell High School is the Gateway M285E Tablet PC.

Processor: Intel Core  Processor T1300 Solo 1.66GHz
Memory: 1 GB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-512MB modules)
Hard Drive: 40GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard Drive

Memory Card Reader: 7-in-1 media card reader
Optical Drive: Modular 24x/10x/24x CD-RW/9x DVD combo 
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition, Microsoft Office 2003 Professional Edition (Select Agreement)  
Screen: 14.0" WXGA TFT (1280 x 768) with Rotating Hinge for Tablet Functionality
Video: ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 64MB Graphics featuring Avivo display technology
Digitizer Pens: Gateway Executive Stylus Pen w/Continuous Sensing Technology 
Battery: Primary 8-cell Lithium ion battery with AC pack and 1 yr. Limited battery warranty
Modem and Network Adapter: Integrated V .92 56K modem, Integrated Intel 10/100/1000 Ethernet Adapter, Integrated Intel 802.11a/b/g wireless networking card  Accidental Damage Protection:  Three (3) years accidental damage protection
Protective Sleeve: Infocase Crush Resistant Sleeve (with handle or strap)

 

 

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Tablets will be distributed each fall during “Tablet Orientation.”  Parents & students must sign and return the Tablet Computer Agreement before the tablet can be issued to their child.  The Tablet Computer Protection plan outlines two options for families to protect the tablet investment for the school district.  Please review the Tablet Computer Protection plan included in this handbook. 

 

Tablets will be collected at the end of each school year for maintenance, cleaning and software installations.  Students will retain their original Tablet each year while enrolled at NHS.

 

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Students are responsible for the general care of the tablet they have been issued by the school.  Tablets that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the technology office, Room17.

 

3.1 General Precautions

 

Ø      No food or drink is allowed next to your tablet while it is in use.

Ø      Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the tablet.

Ø      Students should never carry their tablets while the screen is open, unless directed to do so by a teacher.

Ø      Tablets should be shut down before moving them to conserve battery life.

Ø      Tablets must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not the property of the Newell School District.

Ø      Tablets must never be left in a car or any unsupervised area.

Ø      Students are responsible for keeping their tablet’s battery charged for school each day.

Ø      Tablets should always be at room temperature before booting.  If they are cold, condensation will form in the hard drive and destroy it.

 

3.2 Carrying Tablets

The protective cases provided with tablets have sufficient padding to protect the tablet from normal treatment and provide a suitable means for carrying the computer within the school. The guidelines below should be followed:

Ø      Tablets should always be within the protective case when carried.

Ø      Some carrying cases can hold other objects (such as folders and workbooks), but these must be kept to a minimum to avoid placing too much pressure and weight on the Tablet screen.

Ø      The tablets must be turned off before placing it in the carrying case.

 

3.3 Screen Care

The tablet screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.

 

Ø      Do not lean on the top of the tablet when it is closed.

Ø      Do not place anything near the tablet that could put pressure on the screen.

Ø      Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover.

Ø      Do not poke the screen.

Ø      Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, or disks).

Ø      Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth. Do NOT spray any liquid directly on the screen. Water, eye glass or glass cleaner may be sprayed on a cloth to clean the screen.

 

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Tablets are intended for use at school each day.  In addition to teacher expectations for tablet use, school messages, announcements, calendars and schedules will be accessed using the tablet computer.  Students must be responsible to bring their tablet to all classes, unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.

 

4.1 Tablets Left at Home

If students leave their tablet at home, they may be able to use the student desktop located in each classroom. Repeat violations will result in losing take-home privileges of the tablet.

 

4.2 Tablet Undergoing Repair

Loaner tablets may be issued to students when they leave their tablets for repair at the technology office.

 

4.3 Charging Your Tablet’s Battery

Tablets must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. Students need to charge their tablets each evening.  Repeat violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

 

In cases where use of the tablet has caused batteries to become discharged, students may be able to connect their computers to a power outlet in class or borrow a battery from the High School Library. Loaner batteries must be returned to the library by the end of the school day.

 

4.4 Screensavers

Ø      Inappropriate media may not be used as a screensaver.

Ø      Presence of guns, weapons, pornographic materials, inappropriate language,

      alcohol, drug, gang related symbols or pictures will result in disciplinary actions.

Ø      Passwords on screensavers are not to be used.

Ø      Hard drive passwords are forbidden.  If used, students may be responsible for the cost of replacement hardware.

 

4.5 Desktop

            Desktops cannot be changed.  Any changes will result in disciplinary measures.

 

4.6 Sound

Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes.

                                                                                                                             

4.7 Printing

Students may use printers in classrooms and computer lab with teachers’ permission during class or breaks.  Students who want to print on a home printer must ask the technology director to add their printer software to the tablet computer. 

 

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5.1 Saving to the Home Directory

Students will be logging onto our network in order to back up their work.  Students will have their own user account and folder on the network with ample space to back up any school-related work.

 

The tablets will be set up with a Home Directory/My Documents in which students should save their work.  The Home Directory/My Documents will automatically save a copy of all student documents saved to the Home Directory/My Documents to the high school server while they are on the high school network.  When a student adds a document to the Home Directory/My Documents folder while working at home or away from school, that document will be copied automatically to the school server when the student logs onto the network at school.

 

Additional folders in the Home Directory/My Documents may be created or added by the student. Only files stored in the Home Directory/My Documents will be automatically backed up and saved.  Student work saved to a different location on the computer will not be saved to the high school server.  

A folder called “Folder Not Backed Up” has been created on the root of the C Drive. Any music, videos, and photos must be in this folder unless they are being used for a specific assignment in a class.  Items in this folder will be lost if the tablet needs to be re-imaged.

 

 

5.2 Saving data to Removable storage devices

Students should also backup all of their work at least once each week using removable file storage, burning a CD or saved on an USB drive.  The computer’s 7-in-1 memory card reader will read the following types of memory cards:

Ø      Memory Stick

Ø      Memory Stick Pro

Ø      MultiMedia Card

Ø      Secure Digital

Ø      XD Picture Card

Ø      Mini Secure Digital

Ø      RS-MultiMedia Card

 

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that work is not lost due to mechanical failure or accidental deletion. Computer malfunctions are not an acceptable excuse for not submitting work.

 

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6.1 Originally Installed Software

The software originally installed by the NHS must remain on the tablet in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times.

 

The tablet is supplied with Gateway’s proprietary version of Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system and with additional software. Licensed software provided with all new tablets includes:

 

Ø      Adobe Acrobat Reader

Ø      Microsoft Internet Explorer

Ø      Microsoft Office 2003 including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint & Publisher

Ø      Microsoft Windows XP Professional Tablet PC

Ø      Norton Anti-Virus

Ø      Windows Media Player

Ø      Windows Movie Maker

Ø      Shockwave

Ø      Flash

Ø      Microsoft Photo Story

Ø      Nero

Ø      Cyberlink  PowerDVD

 

From time to time the school may add software applications for use in a particular course. The licenses for this software require that the software be de-activated from tablets when the student is no longer in the course.

 

6.2 Virus Protection

The tablet has anti-virus protection software. This software will scan the hard drive and floppy drive for known viruses on boot up. The virus software will be upgraded from the network.   The school’s storage server and state e-mail server are also installed with virus protection software and hardware.

 

6.3 Additional Software

It is the responsibility of individual students to be aware of additional software programs and files loaded onto their tablet. Students are responsible for maintaining the integrity of software required for facilitating academic activities. 

Ø      Any additional software must be appropriate for the school environment and may not infringe on the productivity of the classroom setting.

Ø      Violent games and computer images containing obscene or pornographic material are banned.

Ø      Any additional software deemed inappropriate by the administration or technology team will result in disciplinary action.

 

6.4 Inspection

Students will be selected at random to provide their tablet for inspection.

 

6.5 Procedure for re-loading software

If technical difficulties occur or illegal software is discovered, the hard drive will then be re-formatted and re-imaged. The school does not accept responsibility for the loss of any data deleted due to a re-format and re-image.

 

6.6 Software upgrades

Upgrade versions of licensed software are available from time to time. Students will be informed when software is available.

 

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INTRODUCTION

The computers in the Newell School District are intended for educational purposes only. Internet, email, and computers are educational tools, such as textbooks and lab materials. Students, faculty and staff operate these computers for the mutual benefit of all concerned and all users are expected to assist in the successful operation of the facilities. The use of school computers is a privilege, not a right. In general, this requires efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the network resources. The following guidelines are intended to help users understand appropriate use. The school may restrict or terminate any user’s access without prior notice if such action is deemed necessary to maintain computing availability and security for other users of the system. Other disciplinary action may also be imposed as stated below.

 

INTERNET GUIDELINES

Internet access is available to students and staff in the Newell School District. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and students is to promote educational excellence in the Newell School District by facilitating, resource sharing, innovation, collaboration, and communication. The Newell School District network is an electronic network, which enables access to the Internet. Students and teachers will have access to electronic mail, information and news, opportunity to correspond with experts in many fields, public domain and shareware software of various types, discussion groups on a variety of topics and access to many educational resources including University Library Catalogs, the Library of Congress and Educational Resources Information Center.

With access to computers and people all over the world, also comes the availability of materials that may not be considered of educational value in the context of the school setting. On a global network, it is impossible to control all materials and an industrious user may discover controversial information. We firmly believe that the educational value of information and the interaction available on the world-wide network outweighs the risks that users may procure materials that are not consistent with the educational goals of the school district. One of our goals is to support students in responsible use of this vast reservoir of information.

EDUCATIONAL USE

The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the Newell School District. The computers in the computer labs, classrooms and libraries are intended for educational purposes. The purpose of the computer network is to support education within the school district by providing access to unique resources and the opportunity for collaborative work.

PRIVILEGES

The use of the network is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of these privileges. The system administrator has the right to monitor, inspect and close an account at any time as required. The administration, faculty and staff of the Newell School District may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend specific user accounts.

USER’S OBLIGATIONS

You must be clearly aware of which computing practices are considered acceptable and which are considered unacceptable.

School related files are the only files to be saved on your account. Storing commercial software, utility programs, games or hidden files to your account or a computer is not permitted.

Transmission of any material in violation of any US or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by trade secrets.

Using the system association with inappropriate textual material or graphic images is prohibited.

Saving to the hard disk drive is granted only by permission of the instructor.

You may use computing facilities and services only for authorized purposes.

You may not attempt to copy, disclose, transfer, examine, rename, change, add or delete information or programs belong to another user.

You may not attempt to subvert the restrictions associated with your own or any other computing accounts.

You are not to change the desktop icons or appearance in any way without the instructor’s permission.

NETIQUETTE

You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

Be polite. Do not use abusive, vulgar, or inappropriate language in your messages to others.

Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

Electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. Be careful what you say about others.

Leave equipment and room in good condition for the next user/class.

Do not use the network in any way that you disrupt the use of the network by others.

SECURITY

Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. If you feel you can identify a system problem, you must notify the system administrator. Do not demonstrate the problem to other users. Do not use another user’s account. Do not give your password to any other individual. Attempts to log on the network as a system administrator will result in loss or cancellation of user privileges. Only first names will be used to identify students in photographs on web pages or when using electronic mail.

VANDALISM

Vandalism will result in immediate cancellation of privileges and may result in disciplinary action. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of any other user and abuse or misuse of hardware. This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses. Users should report any suspected violations to a teacher, administrator, or system administrator. The cost of damages will be billed to the user.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Disciplinary action may be taken in the event that the provisions of this guideline are violated. The instructor in charge will relay any violations to their administrator. The administrator will determine any actions to be taken against persons violating the provisions of this guideline. If a user violates any of these provisions, his or her account may be terminated and future access could be denied.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR COMPUTER USAGE IN NEWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Please remember that the use of computer technology is a privilege, not a right, and a violation of any of the following items will result in suspension or cancellation of your privileges.

 

VIOLATIONS OF COMPUTER POLICY

First offense: student will lose Internet and/or computer privileges for one week. Second offense: student will lose Internet and/or computer privileges for one month. Third offense: student will lose Internet and/or computer privileges for the rest of the school year. If it happens within one month of the end of the school year, the student will be on probation for the first semester of the next school year. If a violation occurs in that first semester, they will lose Internet and/or computer privileges for the rest of that school year. The regular discipline cycle may be also be used at any time.

Use of student accounts should be in support of education and research, consistent with the educational objectives of the Newell School District.

School email for students in grades 5-12 will be available from the state. No free commercial email accounts may be used.

It is the students’ responsibility to let the teacher know IMMEDIATELY if they accidentally get on any inappropriate material on the internet or of any malfunctioning equipment.

All users shall exit the Internet browser when not actively using the Internet.

You may not offer Internet access to any individual via your Newell School District account.

All users should log off their workstation.

Food, drink and gum should be kept away from the area.

Work area should be kept neat and clean.

Teachers or the system administrator should be notified by students of any violations of this contract by other Newell School District students or outside parties. This may be done anonymously.

You may not misuse or damage hardware or software.

You may not give your password to anyone.

You may not use or alter anyone else’s account, including their password.

You may not break in or attempt to break into other computer systems.

You may not create or share computer viruses.

You may not destroy another person’s data.

You are not permitted to get from or get onto the network any threatening or obscene material.

No illegal activities may be conducted via the network.

Be polite. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language or write abusive messages.

Do not reveal your personal address or phone number or those of other students or staff.

Note that electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who administrate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

You may only use first names with photographs or in electronic mail.

If students have any questions about the legitimacy of their activities they should ask a teacher, system administrator or school administrator.

You may not use Internet radio, instant messaging or chat rooms.

Be polite. Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language or write abusive messages.

Do not reveal your personal address or phone number or those of other students or staff.

Note that electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who administrate the system do have access to all mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

You may only use first names with photographs or in electronic mail.

If students have any questions about the legitimacy of their activities they should ask a teacher, system administrator or school administrator.

All music, photos and/or videos should be in the “Folder Not Backed Up” unless it is currently needed for a class project.

 

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8.1 Tablet Identification

Student tablets will be labeled in the manner specified by the school.  Tablets can be identified in the following ways:

Ø      Record of serial number and school district asset tag

Ø      Individual User account name

 

 

8.2 Password Protection

Students are expected to password protect their tablets by setting a complex start-up password and keeping that password confidential.

 

8.3 Storing Your Tablet

When students are not using tablets, the tablets should be placed in the sleeve for protection. The tablet must be powered off before placing it in the sleeve. Nothing should be placed on top of the tablet.

 

Students are encouraged to take their tablets home every day after school, regardless of whether or not they are needed.  Tablets should not be stored in a student’s vehicle at school or at home.

 

8.4 Tablets Left in Unsupervised Areas

Under no circumstances should tablets be left in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include the school grounds and campus, the cafeteria, locker rooms, library, unlocked classrooms, bathrooms and hallways.  Any computer left in these areas is in danger of being stolen.

 

Unsupervised tablets will be confiscated by staff and taken to the Office.  Disciplinary action may be taken for leaving your tablet in an unsupervised location.

 

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9.1 Gateway Warranty

This coverage is purchased by the Newell School District as part of the purchase price of the equipment. Gateway warrants the tablets from defects in materials and workmanship. This limited warranty covers normal use, mechanical breakdown or faulty construction and will provide replacement parts necessary to repair the tablet or tablet replacement. The Gateway warranty does not warrant against damage caused by misuse, abuse, accidents or computer viruses.  Please report all tablet problems to the technology office.

 

9.2 Accidental Damage Protection

The Newell School District has purchased through Gateway coverage to protect the tablets against accidental damage such as: liquid spills, accidental drops, power surges, and natural disasters. This coverage does not provide for damage caused by fire, theft, loss, misuse, intentional or frequent damage or cosmetic damage. Gateway will assess the tablet damage and repair or replace the machine at no cost if the damage is determined to be accidental, infrequent, and within the protection guidelines. The tablet is covered with a three-year Gateway Warranty and Accidental Protection Plan.  NHS technicians will service repairs and replacements for detective parts and acts of accidental damage.  Please report all tablet problems to the technology team.

  

9.3 Tablet Protection

 

Each tablet is required to obtain insurance protection.

 

Option 1: Tablet Protection is available for students and parents to cover tablet replacement in the event of theft, loss, or accidental damage by fire.  The protection cost is $25.00 annually for each tablet with a maximum cost of $50.00 per family and includes a $200.00 additional charge for each claim.  If the student applies and qualifies for free and reduced lunch, the fee will be waived.

 

Option 2: Students or parents may wish to carry their own personal insurance to protect the tablet in cases of theft, loss, or accidental damage by fire.  Please consult with your insurance agent for details about your personal coverage of the tablet computer. Proof is required within 10 business days of receiving tablet.

 

 

9.4 Claims

All insurance claims must be reported to the office.  Students or parents must file a police or fire report and bring a copy of the report to the principal’s office before a tablet can be repaired or replaced with School District Protection.

 

Fraudulent reporting of theft, loss, or accidental damage by fire will be turned over to the police and insurance company for prosecution.  A student making a false report will also be subject to disciplinary action.

 

The District will work with the Butte County Sheriff’s Department to alert pawnshops and police departments in the area to be aware of this District-owned equipment.

 

10. TABLET TECHNICAL SUPPORT                                         

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The Technology Director coordinates the repair work for tablets.  Services provided include the following:

 

Ø      Hardware maintenance and repairs

Ø      Password changes

Ø      User account support

Ø      Operating system or software configuration support

Ø      Application information

Ø      Re-imaging hard drives

Ø      Updates and software installations

Ø      Coordination of warranty repairs

Ø      Distribution of loaner tablets and batteries

 

 

 

 

 

11. TABLET FAQ’S

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1.         What is the configuration of my Gateway M285E Tablet Computer?
The tablet selected for use at the Newell High School is the Gateway M285E Tablet PC.

Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor T1300 1.66GHz

Memory: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 40GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard Drive

Memory Card Reader: 7-in-1 media card reader
Optical Drive: Modular 24x/10x/24x CD-RW/9x DVD combo 
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC Edition, Microsoft Office Professional Edition (Select Agreement)  
Screen: 14.0" WXGA TFT (1280 x 768) with Rotating Hinge for Tablet Functionality
Video: ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 64MB Graphics featuring Avivo display technology
Digitizer Pens: Gateway Executive Stylus Pen w/Continuous Sensing Technology 
Battery: Primary 8-cell Lithium ion battery with AC pack and 1 yr. Limited battery warranty
Modem and Network Adapter: Integrated V .92 56K modem, Integrated Intel 10/100/1000 Ethernet Adapter, Integrated Intel 802.11a/b/g wireless networking card  Accidental Damage Protection:  Three (3) years accidental damage protection
Protective Sleeve: Infocase Crush Resistant Sleeve (with handle or strap)

2.                  Can I use the Gateway M285E tablet computer and software throughout my career at NHS?
Yes.  While the rapid pace of computer technology guarantees that more advanced units will be available before you graduate, your unit will be powerful enough for your classroom work throughout your career at NHS. The available software will be usable in upper level as well as entry-level course work. Of course, just as upper level courses require different textbooks, you may need additional software as you move through the curriculum.

3.                  What if I already have another model or brand of tablet computer?
You will be required to use the school district issued tablet for school purposes.  This is necessary to ensure that you have a computer that gives you network capability and the ability to run the software that you will need in your courses. The Newell School District is also limited to provide maintenance service or assistance for only the Gateway M285E tablet.  For these reasons, other tablet computers will not be used on the Newell School District network at school.

4.                  Can I have my tablet computer this summer?
No. All tablets will be collected at the end of the school year for general maintenance, cleaning, and software installation purposes.  Students will receive their tablets again at their orientation session in the fall to ensure that everyone receives complete information about the computer, including its warranty, insurance coverage, software usage and NHS’s policy regarding the ethical use of computers.

5.                  Where do I find a Gateway authorized service technician?
All tablets should be taken to the Newell School Technology office, Room 17, for repair. They will either repair the tablet or have it repaired by an authorized technician. 

6.                  What about insurance against theft or breakage through carelessness?
Your tablet computer is very portable and very valuable, making it an attractive target for thieves. Therefore, tablet protection is required.  The school protection plan covers the tablet for a $25.00 payment. You will be responsible for paying an additional charge of $200.00 for each theft or loss claim or you may apply it to your homeowner’s insurance plan.

The best insurance is to take care of your tablet.  Do not leave your tablet in the building, classroom, or car unattended. Always know where your tablet is! Above all, take your computer home each night.

7.                  Does NHS provide maintenance on my Gateway M285E tablet computer?
Yes. The Technology Director will coordinate maintenance for students. Students enrolled at NHS will be covered by a maintenance agreement for items described in the Gateway warranty agreement and Accidental Protection Plan.  Please consult the warranty agreement so that you understand what is and what is not covered. 

8.                  What will I do without a computer in my classes if my tablet unit is being repaired or while I am replacing it if it is lost or stolen?
Newell High School stocks a limited number of tablet computers that can be loaned out on a first come, first-served basis. You will be able to apply for a loaner unit with the technology staff. If you are in possession of a loaner, treat it as if it were your own computer. You will be responsible for any damage to the unit or for its loss.

9.                  If I purchase software in addition to the available software provided through NHS, will the Technology Director load it for me?
No. Only printer drivers will be installed.

10.             Do I need a printer?
You need not own one since printers are located near classrooms and in the library.  If you want to connect to a printer at home with the school tablet, you will need to visit the technology office and ask to have your printer software installed.

11.             Will I need to buy a modem?
No. A modem is built into the Gateway M285E.

12.             Will there be facilities to back up the files I create on my tablet?
Yes.  When you save your documents to the Home Directory/My Documents folder, your files are automatically saved to the school storage server.  You are also encouraged to save your documents to a removable memory card that can be inserted into the 7-in-1 memory card reader on the tablet or on a CD or a flash drive.

13.             What if I want to add options to my tablet later?
Only the Newell School District is authorized to add options and upgrades to your tablet computer.

14.             What if I want to run another operating system on my tablet?
Only the operating system chosen by the Newell School District will be authorized to run on a student-issued tablet computer.

15.             Will I be given a new battery if mine goes bad?
The tablet battery will be replaced by the manufacturer for defects.  You will be responsible for charging your battery and proper battery maintenance.  If you need to borrow a battery for class, you may check a battery out at the high school library.  The battery must be returned before the end of the school day, and you may be asked to pay a charging fee if your personal use of school back-up batteries is frequent.

16.             What has the school done to help prevent students from going to inappropriate sites?
We have a software product which is designed to help monitor all Internet sites that students attempt to access at school. This software blocks inappropriate sites and also logs a history of every site that each user opens.  All students who attempt to find inappropriate sites will be directed to the Principal’s Office. Parents/guardians are responsible for monitoring home usage.

17.             Are Student Tablets subject to school “snooping”; what if they  bring their tablet in for repairs and “objectionable data” is detected?
Inappropriate material on tablets should be reported to the classroom teacher, principal, or technology staff immediately upon identification.  Students who have “objectionable data” on their tablet but have failed or chosen not to report it, will be referred to the Principal’s Office.

18.             If the accessories to my tablet are lost or stolen, how much will it cost to replace them?  In the event that tablet accessories are stolen, you should report the lost items to the technology office.  Current prices to replace some of the specific accessories are listed below:  a) AC adapter & power cord:  $29.00     b) Battery:  $99.00     c) Tablet Sleeve:  $33.00   d) Stylus Pen:  $60.00 e) Latch: $10.00  f) Keyboard: $10.00  g) Screen: $50.00   h) Dropped/broken Chassis: $100.00. Other repair costs may be incurred. Prices may change without notice. Students will be charged actual costs plus shipping/handling.

  1.   May I use Instant Messenger at school?

No.  Instant Messenger was installed on the tablets for your enjoyment at home.  It will not be used at school and students will be subject to disciplinary measures if it is used.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TABLET COMPUTER AGREEMENT

                                                                                                                 

The Newell School District recognizes that with the implementation of the tablet initiative there is a need to protect the investment by both the District and the Student/Parent. The following outlines the various areas of protection: warranty, accidental damage protection and insurance.

 

GATEWAY WARRANTY: This coverage is purchased by the Newell School District as part of the purchase price of the equipment. Gateway warrants the tablets from defects in materials and workmanship. This limited warranty covers normal use, mechanical breakdown or faulty construction and will provide replacement parts necessary to repair the tablet or tablet replacement. The Gateway warranty does not warrant against damage caused by misuse, abuse, accidents or computer viruses.

 

ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE PROTECTION: The Newell School District has purchased through Gateway coverage to protect the tablets against accidental damage such as: liquid spills, accidental drops, power surges, and natural disasters. This coverage does not provide for damage caused by fire, theft, loss, misuse, intentional or frequent damage or cosmetic damage. Gateway will assess the tablet damage and repair or replace the machine at no cost if the damage is determined to be accidental, infrequent, and within the protection guidelines.

 

INSURANCE FOR THEFT, LOSS OR FIRE: Tablets that are stolen, lost or damaged by fire are not covered by the Gateway Warranty or the Accidental Damage Protection outlined above. Following are the two options that are available for these types of losses, and the Student/Parent must commit to one by checking the appropriate box.

 

 

Personal Insurance              You will cover the tablet under your own insurance policy and in the case of a theft, loss or damage by fire, you agree to pay the District the amount received from your insurance company plus any additional amount needed to cover the tablet replacement not to exceed $1,336.00 + Shipping.

 

School District Protection    You choose to pay the school district an annual protection payment for coverage of theft, loss or damage by fire in the amount of $25.00 or $50.00 for family coverage when there are two or more children in high school using tablet computers. The $25.00 payment is non-refundable.  This protection coverage has a $200.00 additional charge per occurrence. This annual coverage begins upon receipt of the payment and ends at the conclusion of each school year.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: In cases of theft, vandalism and other criminal acts, a police report, or in the case of fire, a fire report MUST be filed by the student or parent for the protection coverage to take place. A copy of the police/fire report must be provided to the principal’s office. The $200.00 additional charge is the responsibility of the student/parent and must be paid before the tablet can be repaired or replaced.

 

INTENTIONAL DAMAGE: Students/Parents are responsible for full payment of intentional damages to tablets. Warranty, Accidental Damage Protection, or School District Tablet Protection DOES NOT cover intentional damage of the tablets.

I have read the Tablet Procedures and Information provided to me by the Newell School District..

 

I hereby release the District, its personnel, and any institutions with which it is affiliated, from any and all claims and damages of any nature arising from my child’s use of, or inability to use, the District system. Including, but not limited to claims that may arise from the unauthorized use of the system to purchase products or services. I will instruct my child regarding any restrictions against accessing material that are in addition to the restrictions set forth in the District Acceptable Use Policy. I will emphasize to my child the importance of following the rules for personal safety.  I understand that my child will be using state email and the Internet and certify that the information contained in this form is correct.

 

 

Student Name: ____________________________________ (Please Print)

 

 

Student Signature: _________________________________ Date: _______________

 

 

Parent Signature: __________________________________ Date: _______________

 

TABLET COMPUTER AGREEMENT

                                                                                                                 

The Newell School District recognizes that with the implementation of the tablet initiative there is a need to protect the investment by both the District and the Student/Parent. The following outlines the various areas of protection: warranty, accidental damage protection and insurance.

 

GATEWAY WARRANTY: This coverage is purchased by the Newell School District as part of the purchase price of the equipment. Gateway warrants the tablets from defects in materials and workmanship. This limited warranty covers normal use, mechanical breakdown or faulty construction and will provide replacement parts necessary to repair the tablet or tablet replacement. The Gateway warranty does not warrant against damage caused by misuse, abuse, accidents or computer viruses.

 

ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE PROTECTION: The Newell School District has purchased through Gateway coverage to protect the tablets against accidental damage such as: liquid spills, accidental drops, power surges, and natural disasters. This coverage does not provide for damage caused by fire, theft, loss, misuse, intentional or frequent damage or cosmetic damage. Gateway will assess the tablet damage and repair or replace the machine at no cost if the damage is determined to be accidental, infrequent, and within the protection guidelines.

 

INSURANCE FOR THEFT, LOSS OR FIRE: Tablets that are stolen, lost or damaged by fire are not covered by the Gateway Warranty or the Accidental Damage Protection outlined above. Following are the two options that are available for these types of losses, and the Student/Parent must commit to one by checking the appropriate box.

 

 

Personal Insurance              You will cover the tablet under your own insurance policy and in the case of a theft, loss or damage by fire, you agree to pay the District the amount received from your insurance company plus any additional amount needed to cover the tablet replacement not to exceed $1,336.00 + Shipping.

 

School District Protection    You choose to pay the school district an annual protection payment for coverage of theft, loss or damage by fire in the amount of $25.00 or $50.00 for family coverage when there are two or more children in high school using tablet computers. The $25.00 payment is non-refundable.  This protection coverage has a $200.00 additional charge per occurrence. This annual coverage begins upon receipt of the payment and ends at the conclusion of each school year.

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: In cases of theft, vandalism and other criminal acts, a police report, or in the case of fire, a fire report MUST be filed by the student or parent for the protection coverage to take place. A copy of the police/fire report must be provided to the principal’s office. The $200.00 additional charge is the responsibility of the student/parent and must be paid before the tablet can be repaired or replaced.

 

INTENTIONAL DAMAGE: Students/Parents are responsible for full payment of intentional damages to tablets. Warranty, Accidental Damage Protection, or School District Tablet Protection DOES NOT cover intentional damage of the tablets.

I have read the Tablet Procedures and Information provided to me by the Newell School District..

 

I hereby release the District, its personnel, and any institutions with which it is affiliated, from any and all claims and damages of any nature arising from my child’s use of, or inability to use, the District system. Including, but not limited to claims that may arise from the unauthorized use of the system to purchase products or services. I will instruct my child regarding any restrictions against accessing material that are in addition to the restrictions set forth in the District Acceptable Use Policy. I will emphasize to my child the importance of following the rules for personal safety.  I understand that my child will be using state email and the Internet and certify that the information contained in this form is correct.

 

 

Student Name: ____________________________________ (Please Print)

 

 

Student Signature: _________________________________ Date: _______________

 

 

Parent Signature: __________________________________ Date: ______________________