For the past several years, Johnson-Brock students have been the beneficiaries of increased usage of technology in the classroom. The one-to-one Chromebook initiative began in 4th grade and quickly spread through junior high into high school. This device has proven to be a meaningful supplemental tool that aide’s classroom instruction.
Beginning last year, a $25 damage deposit was collected from students in grades 7-12 who wished to take the Chromebooks home at the end of each day. This deposit covered the normal wear and tear of the device while also adding a layer of responsibility for students. At the end of their senior year, students were allowed to keep their Chromebook; provided they had paid the $25 damage deposit each year.
As students utilize technology more and more through wireless devices and cell phones, the school has found it important to increase the education available to students and parents on the both the positives and negatives of online activities. Karen Haase, an attorney with KSB School Law, will be at Johnson-Brock on Tuesday, August 13, to present information on cell phones, apps, and other technology that parents should be aware of. Last year’s presentation on digital citizenship received rave reviews. Parents who attended were impressed with the information and found it to be an eye-opening experience.
We are asking each family to consider coming to the school for one of Karen’s presentations. At this time, she plans to present the material at 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m. We feel so strongly that parents should hear this information, the $25 Chromebook damage deposit will be waived for ALL members of each family as long as at least one parent attends. It is possible that the fee could be waived each year which would allow a graduating senior to essentially receive their Chromebook for free! If you have a child who accesses the Internet through any device, this presentation is for you! Other members of the public are also welcome to attend.