More and more of our districts are considering and going with Chromebooks from Google as a way to deploy a large number of devices for student classroom use. Chrome Devices offer student access to their Google Apps, anything on the Internet, and a great collection of educational apps, but without much of the setup, deployment and management hassles of traditional Mac/PC operating systems. SEDC would like to facilitate the collaboration of our districts in the deployment and management of these Chrome devices.
To facilitate the collaboration within our region, we've set up a Chromebooks Users Group where we can ask questions and post solutions and best practices. Let us know if you'd like to be a member of this group.
Randy and Cory welcomed the group. Attendees were from Carbon, Millard, Iron, Beaver, Cache, Granite, Garfield and WCSD Districts as well as SESC, SEDC, Superintendent Carlson and State School Board Member Barbara Corry
Get a Google Domain
Buy Chromebooks (with Google Education Management License) and enroll them in your domain
Import a class of students in a sub organization
Manage user settings in a sub organization
Randy demonstrated ICSD management
Get a school expert and give them admin rights
Be strict about naming standards (need 8 character password)
Students use same username and password for Active Directory, Powerschool and Gmail
Device Management-User settings(set home page, tabs, URL Blocking,)
Restrict Sign in, can set so only school domains can log in
Discussed export from SIS
Best to have classroom sets, not sharing
Review Video (http://youtu.be/Fmgn5JSTAaI)
Printing, just use lab
Access to web store, templates, extensions
Charlie reviewed the implementation process WCSD has used
Growth was great when put into classrooms (as opposed to sharing)
Keeping Wireless up is a challenge (especially when students use personal devices)
Has several schools one to one using Rickus
Tech problems are minimal, broken screens are most common, repairs are minimal
Charlie showed video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBjmTsFisT8)
Less software, flipped class, student access, collaboration and content crossover were discussed in video. Using Google account allows access from any device
Challenges discussed in videos-students forgetting to log out, allows others access and getting funding
Charlie discussed his funding approach and his E Tech program, how important Professional Development is
Jim Black shared that WCSD has 2,156 Chromebooks
Domain management tool is tied to domain, cannot be transferred without the help of Google
30,000 users all in one domain (teachers and users) Can go up to 100,000?
Students can only be in one organization,
Use groups to assign students to teacher groups for email and document sharing purposes
Admin roles, create roles as needed at organizational level
Updates to devices, using setting in management to spread out updates over 7 days as opposed to all at once to preserve bandwidth
Principal Testimonial on Chromebook Implementation (YouTube) - Brad Christensen, Hurricane Intermediate School
Kevin discussed the evolution of the wiring in buildings, often wiring out of necessity, not planned for long term. Closets were taken off, buildings were not constructed with the physical needs.
Wireless had to change as more portable devices were brought in.
Adding phone systems, bells, surveillance
Student devices are added
Now Bandwidth was an issue
Predict, plan and measure as opposed to being reactive
Discussed Wireless Evaluation Project implemented by SEDC
Project allowed schools to determine where needs were and how to implement coverage
Assessing the current technology was essential in creating a plan
Jack commented that some of the infrastructure was bypassed for expediting (different networks)
Wiring can be an issue in older buildings due to lack of access
Cody commented how important was to determine the capability of a site before purchasing devices
Kevin agreed that sites need to work with Tech depts to purchase the right model/software
Gerald discussed their move to Ruckus Wireless from Cisco (Cost for expansion)
Discussed the Wireless Evaluation and how helpful it was to create a plan for 1:1
Gerald shared technical details-see powerpoint
See recommendations in slideshow
Jack explained 3x3 device and the capacity of access points
Many devices will use 2 spatial streams
Jack shared that SEDC has purchased some of the tools needed to do some evaluations and can make suggestions based on accurate data, not guessing.
All apps follow students, not devices
Comment was made that it’s hard to convince some to change
Revision History, Research Tool, Document Translation, sharing and publishing
Reviewed paperless classroom workflow
Clint shared using forms for students to turn work in
Chromebook apps, many educational ones are free, students can add
Jim brought up logging into Chrome can be problematic because it can sync to other devices
Clint shares excellent help resources
Thanks to Scott Harpster for working on this solution to get Chromebooks to log in and authenticate with Active Directory and WPA2-Enterprise networks. If you have any questions or need any help implementing this in your district/schools in the SEDC region, you can contact Scott here.
View or download Implementing Chromebooks with WPA2-Enterprise (802.1x) here.
From the Google Apps Blog:
"Admins now have the ability to customize 100+ Chrome policies for users right from the Google Admin panel. That means employees will be able to access pre-loaded applications, custom themes, or a private app web store from any computer -- whether it’s the company desktop or personal laptop -- when they sign-in to Chrome with their Google Apps account.
Google Apps for Business and Education
For more information:
The Chrome management in the domain console now affects the desktop browsers as well as the Chromebooks. If a user setups Chrome Sync on their desktop browser, with an account managed by the school/district domain, any of the Chrome settings, ie: Blacklists, start pages, etc, will also apply to the desktop browser.
If you do not want this feature, under Users, choose Services for the organization, and turn off Google Chrome Management. This will not affect the management of Chromebooks, only the desktop browsers.
Thanks to Jim Black for sharing this information.
Here are the things you need to do to get your Chromebooks ready for online testing. BIG thanks to Jim Black from Washington County for doing the work, creating this document and sharing it with the rest of us.
View (and Comment!) the Chromebook & Google Apps SWATT Discussion doc, or click the 'Read More' link below.
You can also use this shortened URL to access: http://goo.gl/thJPp
View the Meeting Agenda & Notes here, and view the archive of the meeting below.
Below are online resources from Google to help with these issues. I'll also keep my Chromebook Notes collection up-to-date with any relevant resources to help the group.
Chrome Devices for Education - Technical Planning Guide (PDF) - Topics include:
Additional Resources and Support: