One to One InitiativeThree years ago the Manhasset Tower Foundation donated a classroom set of Chromebooks to every Secondary School ELA classroom. This donation greatly increased the time students could devote to the writing process and allowed for more collaborative feedback from teachers through the use of Google Docs and Google Classroom.Two years ago years ago the Tower Foundation made another donation which provided a classroom set of Chromebooks to all sixth grade classrooms throughout the District. Last year the District increased the number of Chromebooks to include fifth grade classrooms.This year the District is expanding its 1:1 Chromebook initiative to the third and fourth grades at Munsey Park and Shelter Rock! Additionally, a new set of Chromebooks will be placed in every fifth grade classroom allowing last year's fifth grade class sets to be used in sixth grade and last year's sixth grade set to be assigned to incoming seventh graders.* Existing seventh grade ELA Chromebooks will be redeployed to upper-grade science classrooms.* NOTE Chromebooks have protective, branded shell with the Manhasset crest. No carrying bags will be issued.
What's a Chromebook?Chromebooks are a class of computer that is browser based meaning that its applications reside on the Internet rather than a local hard drive. Students can connect to their schoolwork through VMWare (click here for more information) or through their school provide Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts. GAFE is a suite of free, web-based computer programs available to all schools throughout the world. The three core programs - Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - are very similar to Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs.Google Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates Google Apps for Education with other Google services and allows classroom teachers to create secure sites for students to collect and return assignments.Thanks to the great generosity of the Manhasset Tower Foundation, the School District began using GAFE and Google Classroom in the fall of 2015 in conjunction with a roll out of class sets of Chromebooks to all Secondary School English Language Arts classrooms. The Tower Foundation has also funded a second Chromebook rollout for all sixth grade classrooms for the 2016-17 school year.As part of this initiative all students in grades 5 - 12 now have Manhasset School District Google accounts. Student accounts can be accessed by going to https://classroom.google.com and signing in with the following credentials:User Name: Student District Login Name immediately followed by "@MUFSD.org"Password: manhasset (if first time use).
Chromebook FAQsQ) Why were Chromebooks selected as the device to be used?A) Chromebooks offer a number of advantages as a choice for schools. These include: long battery life, physical keyboard, sturdy design, instant on, and ease of use.Q) What if I forget my Chromebook?A) Another strenth of Chromebooks is that they store all information securely on servers accessible via the Internet (aka "the cloud"). A student can use any Internet connected device with a Chrome browser to access their account and work.Q) What happens if I forget to charge my Chromebook?A) A fully charged Chromebook will get approximately 8-10 of usable battery life. Students are given chargers with their Chromebook and should use these to recharge overnight. Students could also recharge in the Middle School Library.Q) How can I print from my Chromebook to my home printer?
Grade Seven Parents and Guardians
If you have a daughter or son in the 7th grade in the fall of 2017, you will need to sign this form in order for them to have a Chromebook assigned to them. Please return this signed form to the Instructional Technology Office - Attention Mr. Adcroft.
To read and see how students in Mr. Koondel's 7th grade English classes used Chromebooks in 2015-16, click here.