How can I obtain a loaner Chromebook for my child's use?
A link to an online form will be posted in the Reopening Resources for families to sign up for loaner Chromebooks.
How can Sudbury help provide connectivity for students in a variety of remote situations?
In terms of devices, Sudbury will be providing Chromebooks to all students in grades 2-8 for home use, and loaner devices as needed. We also have a limited number of cellular hotspots to support families without wifi. Finally, we will be working with childcare providers to help with connectivity as they are identified.
What devices will students have access to in order to support the online and remote portion of their learning?
Preschool to grade 1 will use family-owned devices, supported by loaners for families needing additional resources. Grades 2 to 5 will be provided with Chromebooks by the Sudbury Public Schools as part of a temporary 1:1 program to ensure consistent home access to technology. Grades 6 to 8 will be using Chromebooks provided by the Sudbury Public Schools as part of the 1:1 program at the Curtis Middle School.
When will students receive their Chromebooks?
Students in grades 2 to 6 will receive their Chromebooks at school as soon as they are available. Note that some of the equipment was ordered back in the Spring but remains on backorder, so families may have an initial period of using personal devices at home. Students in grades 7 and 8 already have their devices at home with them from last spring.
The school is providing devices for students in grades 2 to 8, but plan to have families use personal devices in preschool to grade 1. What sort of technology is needed?
The Sudbury Public Schools uses primarily web-based resources in order to avoid creating specific computer hardware requirements. In most cases if a computer has an updated web browser (Chrome, Edge, Safari, etc.) you will be able to access everything you need. If a student is using a mobile devices such as an iPad or Android tablet, there might be an app alternative to using a web browser. For example, Seesaw is available on the web, but also has iPad and Android apps. Loaner Chromebooks will be made available upon request.
What will online access look like for kindergarteners?
Kindergarten classrooms will use Seesaw as their online platform for managing remote access to instruction. While students in preschool to grade 1 will be using family-own devices to access content, loaner Chromebooks will be made available.
What learning management platforms will we be using?
Preschool to grade 1 will be using Seesaw as a way of managing learning content and activities. Grades 2 to 5 will continue using Google Classroom as their platform for managing classroom materials. Grades 6 to 8 will continue to use Schoology.
What sort of training or technology platform improvements have happened since spring semester?
There have been three well attended formal classes run in the summer by our technology curriculum specialists, in addition to the many informal training opportunities. Additional sessions in Seesaw, Google Classroom, and Schoology are planned for the fall. In terms of improvements, access to Seesaw has been expanded to also support preschool, Google Mail has been turned on to allow just student-teacher communication via Google Classroom, and the Google Meet platform we use for video conferencing has a long list of classroom-friendly new features for the fall.