LCS-ONE

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is LCS-ONE?
When will students get a device?
What devices will the students be getting?
Why Chromebooks instead of another device?
What do you want to accomplish with this technology?
How will you pay for this?

Students & Parents

What happens if a student does not bring their device to class?
What happens if a student damages their device?
What happens if a device is stolen?
How will broken devices be handled?
What happens if the device is not charged for class?
What about internet safety?
How much of my child’s day will be spent on the computer?
Will students be taking the devices home?
Will students be required to take the device home?
Is LCS looking to provide internet at local churches and centers?
Is LCS working with cable companies to provide access to homes?
What happens if a parent refuses to sign a contract?

Staff

Will the devices be filtered?
What is a flipped classroom?
Will pacing guides be updated to support LCS-ONE?
Will this be part of teacher evaluations?
Will there be IT support for the project?
What will the implementation be like at my school?
 


Q: What is LCS-ONE?
A: In a one-to-one teaching and learning environment, each student is provided access to a personal, mobile computing device. When students are in class, the laptop is in their immediate proximity and is used regularly and with purpose. In some grades the computers will be based in classrooms and in some, students may carry them from class to class.

Q: When will students get a device?
A: This project was scheduuled to be implemented over a four-year period beginning in the fall of 2014. Ninth-grade students received devices in September, 2014. The following school year the program expanded to include other grades at the high school level. Eighth-grade students received devices in the third year of the initiative. Original plans to include grades 6 and 7 in year four have been delayed due to lack of funding.

Below is the timeline based on grade level:

  • 2014-2015: 9th Grade
  • 2015-2016: 9th-12th Grade
  • 2016-2017: 8th-12th Grade

Q: What devices will the students be getting?
A: Students receive Chromebooks. A Chromebook is an internet-optimized laptop, constructed to be lightweight, durable and provide access to a huge suite of web applications. Chromebooks run the Google ChromeOS, which is extremely secure, userfriendly and designed from the very beginning to work with the cloud.

Q: Why Chromebooks instead of another device?
A: Several factors make Chromebooks the most compelling option:

  • Cost much less than a traditional laptop, making it an economically great choice.
  • Has incredibly fast start time and long battery life, so the focus in the classroom will be on the students and the lesson, not the technology.
  • Integrates with the Google cloud, which means student data is always backed up.
  • Like any other laptop, Chromebooks have a full-size keyboard and beautiful display.

Q: What do you want to accomplish with this technology?
A: Our goal is to improve student learning. To accomplish this, we use technology to increase student engagement in the classroom and encourage collaboration among students. This aligns with district efforts to create compelling student curriculum, build relationships that support learning, use project-based learning and ensure that students learn 21st Century skills.

Q: How will you pay for this?
A: Funding for the LCS-ONE initiative comes from the Virginia E-backpack initiative, state technology funds, state textbook funds, and minimal local funds.

Q: What happens if a student does not bring their device to class?
A: This is a teacher level decision based on what is currently being implemented when students are not prepared
for daily instruction.

Q: What happens if a student damages their device?
A: The student and/or parent/guardian are responsible for the repair cost or replacement cost, whichever is less, for any damage to or loss of the equipment. Damage includes, but is not limited to, defacing of the equipment, broken or damaged components, and conditions beyond normal wear associated with the use of the equipment. The student and the parent/guardian are not to attempt to repair the equipment. LCS will manage all equipment repairs.

An optional protection plan is available. The plan is a non-refundable payment of $20. The optional protection plan will cover the device for one year. Details of the plan are listed on the Student/Parent Equipment Use Agreement linked below.

Click here for the Student/Parent Equipment Use Agreement

Q: What happens if a device is stolen?
A: A police report will need to be completed prior to any replacement device being provided.

Q: How will broken devices be handled?
A: LCS has ordered spare devices that can be implemented quickly when devices fail to perform under normal
circumstances. We have student staffed tech support options at at both the high schools, along with IT technicians assigned to each building.

Q: What happens if the device is not charged for class?
Flexibility is the key to a successful one to one implementation. We provide rooms with power strips as
necessary to accommodate the charging of devices with minimal classroom disruption.

Q: What about internet safety?
A: The district filters internet content on its networks. LCS is committed to educating students and parents on how to be safe on the internet. When students receive their computers we cover cyber-safety. Parents also are provided tip sheets and opportunities to learn how they can support safety on their home network.

Q:  How much of my child’s day will be spent on the computer?
A: The computer should be seen as a tool, not a replacement for a teacher. Students will periodically use their computer throughout the day, as required by curriculum and instructional staff. Things like discussion, science experiments, hands-on activities, seminars and presentations will still be part of the school day.

Q: Will students be taking the devices home?
A: To take full advantage of the potential of the LCS-ONE program, students are allowed to take home their device. 

Q: Will students be required to take the device home?
A: No, students will have the option to leave the device at school. Devices are checked in and out with LCS staff daily.

Q: Is LCS looking to provide internet at local churches and centers?
A: We unfortunately cannot become a service provider.  We are looking to expand coverage to sites/programs that are City or school affiliated.  If the location provides wireless, students will be able to join open wireless access.

Q: Is LCS working with cable companies to provide access to homes?
A: We will not provide internet access to households, but Comcast/Xfinity does provide an Essential package that will provide internet access for about $10 monthly for qualified households.

Q: What happens if a parent refuses to sign a contract?
A: We will work with the parent to see if we can find a solution we can agree upon.  If a parent refuses, the student will still be able to use the device at school similar to a textbook, they will not be able to take the device home however.

Click here for the Student/Parent Equipment Use Agreement

Q: Will the devices be filtered?
A: Yes, the web content will pass through our web filter both at school and when not at school.

Q: What is a flipped classroom?
A: Flipping classroom instruction is a powerful practice common in one to one environments. In a flipped
classroom, the core instruction is provided to students to review at home and the “homework” assignments are
done in class. This process allows the teacher to provide support in helping students master concepts.

Q: Will pacing guides be updated to support LCS-ONE?
A: Yes. Pacing guides are a fluid document that are updated continually to best meet the goals of current
initiatives being implemented throughout the division.

Q: Will this be part of teacher evaluations?
A: The success in transforming to a 21st century learning environment relies on all staff members progressing
toward appropriate implementation of the devices for instruction. Administrators will continue to be provided
guidance on how to determine if devices are successfully being implemented into classroom instruction and
provide feedback in various formats including formal and informal evaluations.

Q: Is there be IT support for the project?
A: Each school has an assigned IT-DART (Data Analysis Resource Teacher), a certified teacher who will work with teachers and students to ensure that the technology is integrated into the on-going instructional program at the school. Technicians are assigned to one or more schools to provide computer repairs and technical support. Professional development and programming for parents will also be supported by a district-level technology integration team consisting of staff from the Academics and IT Departments.

Q: What will the implementation be like at my school?
A: While there will be certain standardization across the district with regard to infrastructure, devices and policies, each school will have its own team to work out the best implementation for their location and programs.