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Parent/Guardian FAQs

1. What is the district’s 1:1 Initiative?

The primary mission of the 1:1 technology initiative is to improve student achievement by providing opportunities for students to personalize learning through universal, uninterrupted access to knowledge that can transform teaching, learning, and assessments.

 

2. What does 1:1 mean?

1:1 is shorthand for one-to-one. This means there will be one Chromebook for each student in grades three through twelve to use for learning at school. Beginning in August 2018, Chromebooks will go home with students at Murray High School. Beginning in August 2019, Chromebooks will go home with students at Hillcrest Junior High and Riverview Junior High.  All students in K-6 will have their own Chromebook with their name attached to the Chromebook.

3.  Why does Murray City School District believe that a 1:1 program is important?

The need for consistent access is a priority. Technology is mentioned in many of Utah's learning standards. Conclusions drawn from available research is that the 1:1 initiative provides many positive learning outcomes for students, staff and the community. Among them are the following:

  • Improved writing skills and depth of students’ research

  • Increased student interest in learning and ownership of the learning process

  • Improvement in student and staff attendance

  • Reductions in students’ disruptive behavior

  • Increased parental interest in school activities

  • Reductions in lecture/presentation instruction and an increase in project based learning activities

 

4. What is a Chromebook?

The Chromebook is one of the devices that will be used to implement the 1:1 initiative.

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5. Why Chromebooks?

Chromebooks provide the most cost efficient avenue to help our students become engaged and lifelong learners. Chromebooks boot in eight seconds and have a rated battery life of over eight hours.

6. Who receives a Chromebook?

As part of the district’s 1:1 Initiative, all students in all grades K-12 will receive a Chromebook beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

7. Will Chromebooks be allowed to go home?

Students are not to remove the device from school premises.  Students at Murray High School and the Junior High Schools will be allowed to take their devices home.  Click here for more FAQs for Murray High and Junior High School.

9. Does the 1:1 program eliminate the need for textbooks?

Students will continue to have access to textbooks for most classes. Over time, however, the use of traditional textbooks may decrease as most textbooks become available to students digitally on their Chromebook. Currently, the district has digital licenses in some English Language Arts, math and social studies.

10.  What if my child already has a laptop?

A key objective our 1-1 Initiative is to enable all students to have ready and consistent access to a common set of software, hardware and network resources. It is therefore very important that the learning experience is not negatively impacted by variations in hardware or software. With a school-provided Chromebook we can control the standard specification and software so that learning is optimized. Purchasing in volume, we are also able to secure high-spec Chromebooks and tablets and needed software at a more reasonable price.

11.  What type of training will my child receive for internet safety?

Students will receive annual training via Netsmartz training offered by the Utah State Board of Education.  Further, you will be asked to watch the  Orientation video  as will your student.  Students will receive ongoing lessons throughout the year to be kept safe online.

12.  Why are schools and teachers so eager to use educational technology and how can I keep my child safe?

This is a fabulous and very thorough reference on parent and educator responsibilities as we embark on 21st Century Skills.  Read here on ConnectSafely.

13. What about too much screen time for children?  How are we balancing this need?

There have been many recent studies regarding the need to balance screen time with other face to face instructional methods.  It is always the expectation of teachers that the use of computers is well planned and learning outcomes are intentionally structured and the technology is a tool to achieve those outcomes.  Common Sense Media is our guiding research when it comes to this balance.  There is a ton of research and articles located here.  Read the research article from Education Week and Kajeet and Ed Surge

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