Sixth graders receive a new Chromebook at the start of middle school, and that Chromebook is turned in permanently at the end of eighth grade. Freshmen also receive a new Chromebook, and this same Chromebook is used throughout their high school career. Seniors who have paid the Protection Plan fee each year from 9th-12th grade may keep their Chromebooks upon graduation.
Once your Chromebook is issued to you, you are responsible for it.
If, after reviewing the information below, you have questions about the use and care of your Chromebook, or how to use your Google Apps, or other technical questions or concerns, please see your school librarian.
No Expectation of Privacy
- All use of the Chromebook, whether on-site or not, is logged with the administration. Students, and any users of a DASD-issued Chromebook should have no expectation of privacy when using the district-issued machine. Only the assigned student should use the Chromebook.
- Students will log in to their Chromebooks only using their school-issued Google account.Students should never share their account passwords with others, unless requested by an administrator.
Managing and Saving your Digital Work
- Your student work is stored on your Google Drive. You can access your school Google drive files on any internet-connected computer or device [such as PCs, Macs, iPhones, and Android devices] by logging in to your school account.
- You can use your Chromebook offline. Any changes you make to files (such as Google docs) will be uploaded to your Drive the next time your machine has an internet connection and you access your Drive.
- If you accidentally delete a file, you can restore it from your 'trash' folder.
- The district will not be responsible for the loss of any student work.
- Students may wish to maintain backups of their important work on a portable storage device or SD card.
- Students are encouraged to digitally publish and share their work with their teachers and peers when appropriate.
- Sound should be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from your classroom teacher.
- Personally-purchased headphones may be used at the discretion of teachers.
- You may not charge your Chromebook at school. Your charger should stay at home.
- Make sure you insert your charger carefully into your Chromebook.
- Students are responsible to charge their Chromebook every school night. If a student has more than one home they go to regularly, the parent/guardian may wish to purchase a second charger specifically designed for your machine.
- Your case has a slot where you can place a name tag. You can decorate this name tag if you wish. No other markings or stickers should be placed on your Chromebook or its case.
- Don't place anything inside your Chromebook (such as pencils or erasers.) One of the most common causes of screen breakage is closing the Chromebook with an item inside.
- Don't remove your case. If it becomes damaged in some way, report it to your school librarian.
- Clean your Chromebook with a slightly dampened lint-free cloth.
- Please do not take your Chromebook to the cafeteria. Keep it locked in your locker during lunch.
- Carry your Chromebook with two hands, holding it by the sides. Do not carry it open, and do not carry it by the screen.
- Be careful when placing your Chromebook inside of your backpack that nothing gets inside of it while it is partially closed. Also, don't 'jam' your Chromebook in to an overstuffed backpack - if your backpack is too full, just carry your Chromebook.
- If there is a problem with your Chromebook, explain the problem to your classroom teacher. If your teacher cannot help you, report it to your school's librarian. The librarian will assist you and create a tech ticket for the repair staff if necessary.
- To use technology owned by the Danville Area School District, students and parents/guardians must sign the Acceptable Use Policy, which explains appropriate use of district technology resources. Review our Acceptable Use Policy here.
You can review the "Connecting with Chromebooks" Procedures & Guidelines here.
All Google Apps allow for document sharing, and all your work is stored in the cloud, on your Google Drive. You can access your Drive from your Chromebook and any internet-based device. Read below for an overview of each one.
Google Drive is an online file storage location. It's also a place to 'launch' Google Apps. Any files you create on your Chromebook are stored in your Google Drive. If you take photos with your phone that you would like to use for a school project, you can install and use the Google Drive app to upload the pictures to your school Google Drive. You can log in to your Drive from any internet-based device to view and upload files.
To access your Google Drive, go to drive.google.com in your browser, or use the app chooser on the right hand corner of your browser window to select Drive .
Google Docs is a word-processing application - similar to Microsoft Word - used to create reports, letters, and essays. With Google Docs, collaboration is easy - just share your document with another student or your teacher. Also, Google Docs constantly saves your work, and keeps track of your revision history. So no more missing files!
To access Google Docs, go to docs.google.com, or use the app chooser on the right hand corner of your browser window to select Docs.
Google Sheets is a spreadsheet program - similar to Microsoft Excel - used to compute and organize data.
To access Google Sheets, go to sheets.google.com, or use the app chooser on the right hand corner of your browser window to select Sheets .
Google Slides is a presentation program - similar to Microsoft PowerPoint - typically used to create 'slides' containing text, images, and videos which are shown to a group as part of a live presentation.
To access Google Slides, go to slides.google.com, or use the app chooser on the right hand corner of your browser window to select Slides .
Gmail is Google's email system. All students have an @danvillesd.org email address which functions as your login to the Chromebook. Students can send and receive emails ONLY with others in our domain - that is, only someone with an @danvillesd.org address. No external emails (to an @gmail.com address, for example) can be sent or received by students.
To access your Gmail, go to gmail.com or use the app chooser on the right hand corner of your browser window to select Gmail .
The Google Calendar can be used to track assignments, tests, projects, and even sporting events or weekend plans. Set up your personal calendar to send you reminders so you don't forget things!
To access your calendar, go to calendar.google.com or use the app chooser on the right hand corner of your browser window to select Calendar.
Google Classroom allows for teachers to share files and assignments with you. Submitting your work through Google Classroom is how you give teachers access to your work. (Also, you can share a file or entire folder with your teacher, if they request that.)
To access Google Classroom, go to classroom.google.com, or use the app chooser on the right hand corner of your browser window to select Classroom.