Frequently Asked Questions
|In a project of this magnitude, there are tons of questions regarding how this is going to work. We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions and our answers for you here. Over time, of course, there will be more questions arise, and this page will address those concerns accordingly. We will also provide a complete list of questions and answers for download at the end of this page, which will be updated as appropriate.
Is any parent or employee required to donate to this effort?
Absolutely not. While we hope that those who are financially able to contribute will do so, based upon their excitement about such a tremendous opportunity for our students, there will never be a requirement to do so.
When does the 1:1 laptop program begin?
The initiative will begin in spring of 2011 for students in grades 6-12.
How will a 1:1 laptop initiative enhance learning?
The use of a laptop will contribute to student’s understanding of our quickly changing world. Our students will learn more and they will learn in new ways, preparing them for the 21st century. Laptops will support students as they learn at various skill levels and through a variety of learning styles. Students will be engaged in classroom projects that reach beyond the classroom and allow students anytime access to learning. These projects support, enhance, and align with the Rutherford County curriculum, the NC Standards and the National Education Technology Standards.
What are the educational benefits of laptops?
This research suggests that most students already own and use digital tools on a daily basis for their educational, social and personal needs. At Rutherford County School District, we want our students to learn how to use this technology as a powerful intellectual tool.
What type of laptops will students receive?
Students will receive the white Apple MacBook with 2Gb of RAM and 250 Gb hard drive.
My child already has a laptop. Why can't he/she just use that laptop while at school?
There are instructional benefits of utilizing technology through the district's network. These benefits include: access to additional educational software, consistency of program use, security filters and firewalls, and standardization of
equipment for maintenance and repair by district staff. Additionally, for security reasons, the District does not allow personal equipment on the school network.
How will the district support the maintenance of all of these laptops?
Laptops are covered by a warranty for the entire term of the lease. In the event that part of the hardware fails such as the keyboard or mouse, the student can bring it to laptop central and receive a loaner while their laptop is repaired. The students will be notified when their laptop has been fixed and is ready to be returned.
What will happen if my child loses the laptop or it is stolen?
As per the signed authorization form, the student and parent should immediately contact the police and school officials to file a report. If the laptop is recovered, it will be returned to laptop central for updating. A replacement will be issued on a temporary basis until resolution of stolen laptop.
Is there a cost to parents associated with their child receiving a laptop?
There may be an annual payment for insurance per laptop. This amount has not been finalized as of date but will be communicated as soon as it can be set. Financial hardship cases will have a process for covering the cost. A laptop book bag will be provided free of charge.
We don't have Internet access at home and I can't afford to purchase it at this time. How will my child be able to complete assignments?
There are numerous ways for students and the public in general to gain access to the internet. The students will have access at school, they may visit the public library, and there are numerous local hot spots throughout the area. More HotSpot areas will be listed soon and all Schools will become hotspots in the future as well.
How will Internet Safety be addressed?
Currently, every school has web filtering in place in compliance with the Federal “Children’s Internet Protection Act” (CIPA). Laptops in the 1:1 initiative will be filtered the same way all computers are filtered. Students and Parents will receive extensive instruction regarding the safe use of the Internet.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL LIST OF FAQs (updated 11-8-10)