What type of device will my student receive?
Every student in GCISD receives a device free of charge! The following breaks down what type of device each child will receive:
Grades K- 4 students will have iPad 4s.
Grade 5 students are issued Dell Chrome Books.
Grades 6-12 are issued Dell laptops with Windows 10.
Are students allowed to bring their own device instead of using a district-issued device?
If a student prefers to bring their own device instead of being issued a district laptop, they may do so. The device must be a laptop or Chromebook that can be used for productivity. Phones, eReaders, iPads and other tablets are still permitted as supplemental devices, but should not be used as the primary device. Devices may be connected to the district BYOD network. GCISD is unable to support personal devices that may have technical issues. Using a district-issued device insures access to all district resources and support ability.
Can my student take the laptop home?
Yes! There will be a device user agreement required. Students may take the laptop home every evening including weekends, holidays and over the summer.
Will the device follow the student from year-to-year?
Yes, the device will be assigned to the student and will remain with them as long as they are enrolled in GCISD schools.
What will you teach my child about Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship?
We will incorporate appropriate grade level digital literacy curriculum provided by Common Sense Media.
Is there an Internet filter in place?
Internet access is filtered based on the wireless network the device is accessing. When the laptop is at school, it is connected to GCISD's wireless network which offers filtering in accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act.
What are the fees if the device gets damaged?
This is outlined in the required device user agreement.
Will there be places to charge the device on campus?
Students are asked to charge their device at home every night. There will be charging stations throughout the campus and power plugs available in classrooms that may be used as needed.
What if the student leaves their device at home?
Students are expected to bring their laptop daily to use as a tool for productivity and creativity. The 1:1 model allocates a device for every student. GCISD teachers design work that requires the use of technology on a daily basis. The same campus procedures that are currently in place for forgotten supplies, textbooks and homework will be followed.