1:1 Technology Initiative
1:1 Fast Facts for Families
The purpose of this narrative is to establish the rationale and processes as part of the DASD 1:1 Technology Initiative. This is the lens through which this ‘Fast Facts for Families’ should be viewed. This information supersedes any prior 1:1 technology documents, agreements, and/or technology insurance/repair schedules. Above all else, DASD believes that the most important resource in each classroom is the teacher. No other resource, technology, or device can replace an effective teacher in the life of a student
There are many research-based reasons to engage the school community in a technology initiative that provides a one student to one device ratio. Given the resources necessary to implement such an endeavor, it is important to prioritize these reasons in concise and understandable terms. Here are five reasons why a 1:1 technology initiative improves teaching and learning.
It equalizes student access to technology
- It increases engagement for students and teachers
- It customizes, differentiates, and individualizes teaching and learning
- It increases executive functioning skills for students
- It better prepares students for college and career
For the 2023-24 school year, the following complement of devices shall be distributed to all DASD students:
- Grade K*-4 & 8: DASD issued Apple tablet with protective case for use at home and school.
- Grade 5-7: DASD issued two-in-one Chromebook for use at home and school.
- Grade 9-12: DASD issued Windows two-in-one laptop.
*Kindergarteners will transition to a Chromebook in the spring of 2024.
Using Devices Outside of School
Students are expected to use their devices at home and other locations outside of school, including summers. A WiFi internet connection is necessary for the majority of device use. However, having the internet in the home is not a requirement for taking the device home.
The technology insurance is $50 per student in grades K-8 and $75 per high school student.. Students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches shall pay an equivalent prorated amount to access the technology insurance. This means that the technology insurance fee is waived for qualifying students. Starting in the 2022-23 school year, an annual technology insurance fee cap of $175 per family shall be applied. Technology insurance on the device covers the following for each school year:
- Technology support, application assistance, and all relevant educational software by grade.
- A charger and protective cases (for tablets), to be returned when the device is returned.
- Content monitoring at home, regardless of physical location.
- Repair of warranted parts and services at no charge to the student.
- Repair of non-warranted parts and services according to this updated reduced payment schedule.
- A loaner device if a repair or warranty service is required.
The technology insurance does not cover intentional/malicious damage or cables, dongles, chargers, stylus. Approximate replacement costs are $500 for tablets/Chromebooks and $1,000 for laptops.
Payment of Fees
DASD uses the Pay Schools Central service to process online payments, such as the technology insurance plan. Make secure online payments at Pay Schools Central. DASD does not collect or store any online payment information.
Device Loss or Theft
In the case of device loss or theft, the school administration should be notified immediately. For stolen devices, a written police report must be provided within 30 days by the family and shall be considered the only official acknowledgment of a theft. The ‘Deductible’ is an additional $100 to replace the stolen device, provided the tech fee payments are up to date. Without a police report, the failure to return a device or compensate the district for its full replacement cost may cause the debt to be transferred to a third-party collection agency. In the case of a lost device, the school administration should be notified immediately. The family assumes the full replacement cost of the device if not returned ($500 for tablets/Chromebooks and $1,000 for laptops).
Receiving & Returning the DASD Device
The timing of device distribution to students before the start of the school year is at the discretion of the school-based on grade level. All students should take their DASD-issued device back and forth from school and home every day. DASD devices should go home with students on day one of each school year.
Devices should arrive at school fully charged each day. Devices travel home with all students each day.
At the end of the school year, students in applicable grades shall return their device and undamaged OEM charger. Failure to return a device shall result in the student being charged the full replacement cost. Device chargers, which are considered consumable and not covered by the insurance plan, are sold at each school (at cost) if a replacement is needed. This also includes the device stylus, on applicable models. No off-brand chargers shall be accepted upon device return, as it voids the device's warranty. [OEM=Original Equipment Manufacturer]
Students who transfer out, or withdraw from DASD must return their device and OEM chargers to their main office or guidance office on their last day of attendance. Failure to return the device and OEM charger may cause the debt to be transferred to a third-party collection agency for follow-up action. The district may also file a report of stolen property with local law enforcement.
All DASD devices, regardless of physical location (at school or home), shall have all internet activity filtered and monitored by the district. The Securly Home app for parents is a valuable tool to help keep students safer when on their school-issued devices. The parent app has the ability to block sites, like YouTube, and create schedules when the device is inaccessible to the web, like dinner time and bedtime. The app also displays a real-time view of your child’s activity on their school-issued device. Parents also receive a weekly email from Securly with a snapshot report of that week’s activity. Please review the written directions or video directions to access the parent Securly Home app. If you want to learn more about Securly’s online safety solutions, please visit www.securly.com. For additional information, please email email@example.com.
Securly DASD Parent FAQ
How can I block Youtube using the Securly Home app while students are not in school?
Add the following to the block list within the Securly Home app:
The Securly Home app and the Securly settings on each student’s device requires transparent access to Securly’s servers. If you are utilizing any of the following types of services on your home network, Securly may not function as expected.
Home content filtering
VPNs or Anonymizers
Please modify your home network configuration to not apply these settings to your student’s device.
When I’m logged into the activity feed in the Securly Home app I see data from the middle of the night, but I know my kids are asleep then. What causes this activity?
The device is checking in overnight to update apps and talk to the mobile device management platform. This is normal activity that may not resolve when you click on the link in the activity feed.
Schoology Learning Management System (LMS)
Schoology is a secure online platform where students and teachers can interact, while at school or home, synchronously or asynchronously. Both students and parents will have access to digital content posted by teachers in the form of lessons, assignments, projects, and other instructional content. Any grades or attendance data posted in Schoology are not authoritative. Please visit Infinite Campus for this information. Parent access to Schoology shall provide access to all children in the family.
Students shall be encouraged to digitally publish and share their work with their teachers and peers via Schoology. Printing from DASD devices at school is tracked. Students may set up plug-in-play printers to print from their DASD device at home. DASD cannot provide technology support for at-home printers.