2018-19 1:1 Learning Environment Update
Dear Parents/Guardians,

After a great deal of planning and preparation that began in August 2015, Hinsdale District 86 is ready to implement a 1:1 learning environment in the fall of 2018! The incorporation of Chromebooks into the learning environment at both Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South provides students and teachers with the tools needed to promote communication, collaboration, and creativity as learning expands beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.

Digital instructional technology has the benefit of enhancing the research-supported strategies that we value within the classroom. We are excited to be able to provide access to these technologies to all our students beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

During registration for the 2018-2019 academic year, parents/guardians will be asked to sign the District 86 Chromebook agreement in InfoSnap. This agreement outlines expectations for student use of and care for Chromebooks in District 86. Students will sign the student agreement form when they receive their Chromebooks. This Chromebook Agreement, in combination with the District 86 Acceptable Use Policy , describes appropriate student usage relating to all District 86 electronic resources, including, but not limited to, Chromebooks, school computers, network and electronic resources.

Device and Technology Fee
As part of registration, each student account will be assessed all fees related to their coursework, including the annual Device and Technology Fee in PushCoin, the District 86 online payment platform. The Board-approved Device and Technology Fee for the 2018-2019 school year is $150 per student, covering the cost of the Chromebook itself, set up, power adapter, and stylus (for 500e model only), and related software licenses and license updates. Additional details can be found in the May 7, 2018 BOE Academics report .

Students will be able to bring their devices home with them every night and should do so to complete homework assignments as well as charge the device for the next school day. When students graduate, they can take their Chromebooks with them if all Device and Technology Fees are paid in full and if the parent/guardian has signed a release form transferring ownership from the District to the student. Once those criteria are met, District 86 will remove the device from its management console, relinquishing all control and monitoring of its use.

Devices and Rollout
Chromebooks will be distributed to students during the first week of school (the week of August 13). Members of the class of 2019 will receive a Lenovo Yoga 11e Chromebook ( specifications ), while members of the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 will receive a Lenovo 500e ( specifications ) as part of the fall 2018 device distribution. These Chromebooks are the only official District 86 computing devices. Students will not be permitted to substitute personal computing devices for District 86-issued Chromebooks because only District-issued devices fulfill the licensing and management console agreements required to operate within the District 86 1:1 learning environment.

Further Information
For more information, please consult the District 86 1:1 FAQ page at the following link: http://bit.do/1-1FAQD86

Answers to other common questions related to the Hinsdale District 86 1:1 learning environment can also be found on the FAQ page, including the following topics:
1.      1:1 Learning Environment Rationale
2.      Chromebooks
3.      Device Usage
4.      Help and Support
5.      Internet Access

Additional information about the District 86 1:1 Learning Environment can be found on the District 86 website .

Have a great summer,

Dave Lapetino
District 86 Director of Instructional Innovation