District 84 provides a device to use as a tool for learning to every student in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Kindergartners and first-graders are assigned iPads. iPads are ideal for this age level because they are sized for small hands and the interactivity means allows for the development of fine motor skills while learning.
Second-grade students receive touch-screen Chromebooks. This allows for interactivity while introducing students to the keyboard and Chrome system.
Third through eighth grade students receive Chromebooks that are designed for durability to ensure the life-span of the device for both in school and at home use.
Devices are refreshed every three years. Students receive their first take-home Chromebook in second-grade. This device is collected at the end of the school term and redistributed at the start of the subsequent school year. In sixth grade, students receive a new Chromebook, with the collection/redistribution cycle continuing until graduation.
Upon distribution of the Chromebooks at the start of the year, students will learn/review appropriate device use and expectations, signing an agreement affirming their understanding. Parents must also sign a similar form outlining expectations for at-home use before students are permitted to bring the device home. You may learn more about device expectations by clicking on the links below.
There is no technology fee for use of the Chromebooks, however, the district strongly recommends that parents purchase insurance every year in order to avoid unexpected repair or replacement fees. Learn more about purchasing Chromebook insurance by clicking on the links below. Insurace enrollment is ONLY available from August 1 to August 31. Families that enroll in the district after August 31 will have one week after registration to enroll.
District 84 is participating in T-Mobile's Empower Ed Program in order to provide off-campus internet access to students who have no or unreliable access to the internet outside of school. Learn more about applying to the program by clicking the links below.
If you have any questions regarding District 84's 1:1 program, contact Taneesha A. Thomas, Director of Instructional Technology at [email protected].
Occasionally, the systems we use have technical difficulties and experience outages. Here are some links you may use to check the status of those systems: