Devices for MMSA Students

Technology

  • Ipads have been districuted to all students in grades Kindergarten through second.
  • Chromebooks have been distributed to all students in grades three through 11.

Technology FAQs and information

  • How to use a Chromebook

    What is a Chromebook?
    A Chromebook is an internet only device that runs on the Google Chrome operating system. The Chrome operating system is designed to work in the cloud, so that means everything lives online (not on your laptop) and is the same wherever you sign in. See Google’s “Guardian Guide to Chromebooks” for additional information.

    Wireless connection
    Chromebooks can be connected to your wireless router at home. Should you need internet access at home, there are some low-cost options (see below) or contact your child’s administrator. When accessing the Internet from home using the Chromebook, it will be filtered for inappropriate content.

    Student login credentials
    Students in grades 5 through 11 should know their Google login and password. If there are questions about this, please contact your building’s technical support personnel (see below) for assistance.

    Expectations for use
    Student devices checked out to students are like textbooks, a tool for learning. As such, devices are to be used for educational purposes. Devices allow students to access tools and resources not found in traditional offline educational materials. Having access to a device expands the opportunity for students to use those educational tools and resources anytime, anywhere.

    Ownership
    The device and power supply are the property of Minnesota Math and Science Academy. Take care of these items so they continue to work well. Report any damage or other issues to the support person listed below as soon as possible.

    Filtering
    When a student logs into a Chromebook using their MMSA Google credentials, their internet session will be filtered.

    Google Meet
    Students may need to participate in Google Meetings with their teachers.  Please note that the video portion of a Google Meet can be turned off so that no other users in the meeting can see your child (and whatever is in the background at the child’s home).

    Digital Citizenship
    Students are to be reminded that all Google Meets may (and most likely will) be recorded and all Google chats will be saved digitally. Please be sure to use appropriate digital citizenship strategies when communicating with other students and teachers.

    Cleaning a Chromebook
    As with any electronic device, do not spray a cleaner directly on the device. Spray an electronics-approved cleaner directly on the cloth and then wipe down the device.

    Caring for a Chromebook
    Chromebooks, like all electronic devices, are fragile. Screens can shatter and other damage can occur if not handled properly. Be attentive when young children are using a device so that it is not dropped or otherwise compromised.

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