Introduction

  • The below technology-related questions and answers are current as of July 18, 2019. Additional Q&As may be added as more information becomes available.

Technology Q&A (2019-20)

  • 1. What is RTSD's technology plan?

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    The RTSD Technology Committee has worked together for over two years to develop a comprehensive and sustainable plan for technology in the district. More information can be found by clicking here and a one-sheet informational document can be found by clicking here.  

     

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  • 2. What are the goals of Radnor High School's one-to-one device program?

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    The goals of Radnor High School’s 1:1 program are to:

    • Provide digital access for all students 
    • Provide the best device to students for 21st-century learning 
    • Prepare students with technological skills for 21st-century learning  
    • Teach students how to use technology responsibly
    • Recognize when technology is appropriate to help students achieve their learning goals
    • Prepare students with essential digital literacy skills to choose and use technology for learning 
    • Promote and facilitate student critical thinking, creativity and innovation for lifelong learning 
    • Cultivate leadership, collaboration and teamwork through digital communication and productivity tools '

     

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  • 3. What are the specs for the approved district-issued device for RHS students?

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    The current district plan is to issue the Microsoft Surface Go device consisting of the following specifications and add-ons: 
    • 128GB storage disc / Intel 4415Y processor / 8GB RAM memory / WiFi  
    • Surface Pen – student model (full size model can be purchased) 
    • Surface Go Signature type cover that contains the keyboard 
    • UAG Metropolis Surface Go case
    • Windows 10 operating system 
    • Office 365 
    • Device protection plan (with repair and replacement limitations) 

     

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  • 4. What is the fee for technology for the 2019-20 school year?

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    An annual fee of $139 will be collected for each student in grades 9-11 for the 2019-20 school year at Radnor High School. This fee will include a Microsoft Surface Go; a stylus; a case; a keyboard; Office 365 Software; Academic Software For Enrolled Courses; Filtering and Security Software; Support; and Insurance. Repairs, with certain limitations and deductibles, are also included. Students who contribute at least four of the annual fees will be able to keep their device, keyboard, and case upon graduation or leaving RHS.

     

    The fee will be payable online via MySchoolBucks.com prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year. As of August 10, 2019, for a student to participate and receive a Surface Go, only a completed participation and usage form is due at this time. For more information on the submission dates for this form, click here. Parents/guardians will be notified when MySchoolBucks.com is open to process payments.

     

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  • 5. What if I want my student to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)?

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    The district recognizes families may own a full-service device similar to the Microsoft Surface Go and would prefer their student “bring their own device” (BYOD) to school. These parents/guardians have the option of not participating in the Surface Go 1:1 program and instead providing their student(s) a personal device to bring to school. Learn all about BYOD in RTSD here.

     

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  • 6. What if a family is experiencing a financial hardship?

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    RTSD wants every student to have access to the full range of academic resources provided by district teachers. Families unable to cover the cost of the Microsoft SurfaceGo device and accessories or cannot pay the $139 annual technology fee (which includes limited insurance coverage) due to economic hardship must indicate so below by entering their full name, grade level and today's date. Families will be contacted to confirm whether the fee has been waived. If a waiver is denied, families must select an alternative option through a form that will arrive in the mail.

     

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  • 7. Can students still bring their own device instead of using the district-issued device?

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    Radnor High School students will continue to be permitted to bring their own devices to school. The device would need to meet the district's minimum specifications for Microsoft Windows 10 devices for connecting to school resources. The student would also have to register their device within the RTSD mobile device management portal and agree to accept the software distributions pushed out by the district. This will enable the student to participate in classroom activities in the same manner as students using a district-issued device. 

     

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  • 8. Does registering a student-owned device/accepting RTSD software allow RTSD to control the device?

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    No. Student-owned devices are not remotely controlled by the district. Additionally, the district does not employ the use of any software that may attempt to access cameras, microphones, or other software that may be personally purchased by students.  

     

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  • 9. What are the minimum specs for devices students might wish to bring instead of district devices?

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    Devices brought by students to school to be used instead of a district-issued device must be equppied with Windows 10; a touch screen for annotating; a keyboard; WiFi G/N/AC 5.0 Ghz for accessing the district wireless network; 128 GB disc drive for documents, photos, and video storage; 8 GB memory; a 9-hour battery rating; a and camera. Click here for additional minimum system requirements.

     

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  • 10. Will students have to purchase a bag in which to carry their device?

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    No. Students will be provided a case as well as a sturdy keyboard cover for their device. 

     

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  • 11. Will the district-issued devices be content filtered?

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    District-issued devices will be content filtered both on and off campus. District-issued devices accessing the internet while off campus will be routed via proxy server, agent, or other method back through the district for content filtering. Students using district-issued devices are required to follow the acceptable use policies (220, 815, 815.1, 829 and 911.1) while on campus or anytime while engaged in electronic communications with teachers, staff, and students. 

     

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  • 12. Will my student’s personally owned device be content filtered?

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    Your student’s device will be content filtered while on campus and connected to the internet via the RTSD network. However, if your student has a cellular internet plan associated with the device, or any other hotspot device, the student device will not be content filtered while connecting to the internet outside of the district's network.

     

    Students using their own devices are required to follow the district's acceptable use policies (220, 815, 815.1, 829, and 911.1) while on campus or anytime while engaged in electronic communications with teachers, staff, and students.  

     

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  • 13. What happens if a district-issued student device breaks?

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    Broken student devices at the high school level will need to be reported to the technology staff at Radnor High School. The current insurance plan permits two occurrences of breakage for the individual device for each currently enrolled student. Breakage over two occurrences becomes the responsibility of the family to fix or replace the device. When a student graduates and takes possession of the device, the district’s insurance coverage would be terminated. 

     

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  • 14. What happens if a student loses the Surface Go, Surface Pen, keyboard, or case?

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    The insurance provided by the district through Microsoft does not cover loss or theft. The insurance coverage provides for two repairs while your student is enrolled at Radnor High School. The keyboard, stylus/pen, and case are optional devices and are not covered under the insurance plan, meaning each student is responsible for replacing the keyboard, pen, and case should it be lost or stolen. For perspective, the cost to replace a pen/stylus is $40.

     

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  • 15. Who will teach the students how to use the Surface Go effectively and efficiently?

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    Students will receive instruction on how to use the Surface Go at the beginning of the year in their Social Studies classes.

     

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  • 16. How will RTSD promote and facilitate healthy technology use?

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    One goal developed during the technology study was a commitment to develop programming that increases students’ healthy, safe and responsible use of technology and the internet through curricular information, awareness activities, and school-wide practices.


    Over the last year, plans have been made to update the K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, complete parent and community awareness activities around healthy technology use, and to consider the impact of technology on the Student Wellness Study recommendations. More information will be forthcoming.

     

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  • 17. Who can I contact if I have questions about the instructional uses of the Surface Go?

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    If you have questions about the instructional uses of 1:1 computers, please contact Dr. Byron McCook, Director of Technology, at 610-688-8100 X6133 or byron.mccook@rtsd.org, Mr. Dan Bechtold, Director of Secondary Education, at X6052 or dan.bechtold@rtsd.org, or Mrs. Panayota (P.T.) Kevgas, Principal of RHS, at 610-293-0855 X3500 or panayota.kevgas@rtsd.org

     

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  • 18. Who can I contact if I have questions about technology-related district policies?

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    If you have questions about technology related policies, please contact Dr. Byron McCook, RTSD Director of Technology, at 610-688-8100 X6133 or byron.mccook@rtsd.org.

     

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