What is happening with student computers at the middle schools?
As the iAndover Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative enters its fifth year, APS has discovered that roughly 72% of families have elected to use a Chromebook-style computer for their students. To simplify classroom use, APS recommends that all new middle school families consider Chromebook devices for their students. If your student is a returning 7th or 8th grader, you do not need to purchase a new device. If your rising 6th grader has specialized interests that strongly suggest a full Windows or MacOS computer, that is also acceptable.
We are asking that all parents who choose Chromebooks allow their devices to be actively managed by the district. During school hours, students will only be able to login to their school-approved Google account and access school-approved applications. All other applications will be blocked. Once students leave school, they will be able to log into their personal account.
This is a very simple process and we hope to make it as pain-free as possible. You have three options:
- You can do it yourself. A set of simple step-by-step directions to enroll your student’s device from home can be found here. Enrolling your student’s device should take less than 10 minutes.
We believe that placing all middle school student devices under management will provide a safer and more seamless experience for students and staff, and we strongly encourage you to support this approach. If you have technical concerns, please contact us and we will be glad to discuss this with you.
If you choose not to have your student’s device managed, please be assured that your student will still be able to participate fully in all classroom activities. Students will be protected from visiting malicious websites while on the school network. MCAS testing is only permitted on devices that are under school management, and students will not be able to take MCAS or other standardized testing on their personal device. Your student will be provided a substitute device for MCAS purposes.
You may contact the IT Customer Service Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.