A Chromebook is a computer that runs Google’s Chrome Operating System. The small size and lightweight nature of Chromebooks makes them excellent devices for students. Chromebooks are affordable and the most common computers purchased by US schools. Chromebooks provide students with a platform and resources with which to learn.
Google’s education license ensures that no information is used to profile users for ads, no ads are shown to users and no user data is shared with third parties. Data is kept secure with critical security settings and features. Multiple layers of security are built into every Chromebook, no antivirus software is required. Google provides safeguards and privacy policies that protect students and educators data, which is owned by the school district.
A Google Suite for Education Account is created and managed by the Office of Technology and Learning for use by students and educators. When creating this account, our district may provide Google with certain personal information about its students and educators, Google may also collect personal information directly from users of G Suite for Education accounts. Google also collects information based on the use of their services including device information, such as the hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information.
Google Services in the Classroom
CHPS uses Google services in the classroom to provide an ecosystem that is safe, trusted, and used by millions of students each day. The Google for Education Suite of services includes Gmail for email and contact management, Google Calendar for event management, Google Docs for word processing, Google Sheets for spreadsheets, Google Slides for presentations, Google Drive for file management, and Google Classroom for content management. Google continually adds new functionality and services to the platform that allow for an enhanced experience by your student. Google also provides tools and services for school administrators. Google for Education is free for use by K-12 and allows for special provisions surrounding advertising and user tracking.
Colonial Heights Public Schools relies on filtering software to block objectionable and harmful content. In addition, CHPS currently blocks some gaming, social media, and recreational sites. This filter is in place no matter if a student is using his or her Chromebook at home, at a friend's house, or anywhere. We use a product called iBoss.
Review Your Child's Browsing History
Even though we block harmful sites, some games, and social media, students can get to some non-educational sites that can include games or shopping. If you want to see your child's Internet history, you can do so by opening the Chrome browser on the device and then typing "ctrl + h". Because students cannot delete their browsing history, guardians see which websites their student is visiting. If you have concerns about the online activities of your child, a more detailed report can be generated with a request to your school's principal.
In addition to checking browser histories, you are encouraged to view what your child may be doing in school while using Schoology or Google Classroom. Many teachers include notes, classwork, or homework on one of these sites. CHPS recently added Classlink, a dashboard of frequently-used sites and apps that students and teachers use. Ask your child to show you different web tools they use in class.