Technology

1:1 Technology Program

At the beginning of each school year, every Southwest Christian student will receive access to a Google Drive account and will receive a Chromebook as one of their primary learning tools. SWCHS is committed to using technology in a way that will maximize learning and promote the responsible use of electronic media in the life of a student. For more information and questions about the 1:1 Technology Program, please contact the education technology coordinator, Jason Wipf.

Listed below are important details that parents and students will be expected to follow

  1. All parents are required to complete online training about the SWCHS 1:1 program and take an online quiz.
  2. Content filtering will be in effect when Chromebooks are connected to the SWCHS network.
  3. Google’s features such as Google Plus (text chat function) and Google Hangout (video chat function) will not be enabled.
  4. Students are assigned a serial number and a name on the Chromebook which will be necessary for device tracking.
  5. Students are expected to bring his/her Chromebook fully charged to school each day. If a student forgets to bring his/her Chromebook or the Chromebook loses charge during the school day, the student may go to the library and check out a Chromebook, but will receive a “Chromebook Tardy.” On the third Chromebook tardy, the student will receive a detention.
  6. SWCHS will provide any required hardware and software maintenance needed on the Chromebook.
  7. Lost or broken Chromebooks or chargers will be paid for by the student.
  8. Clear plastic cases (covers) will be included and must remain on the Chromebook at all times. If the cover is missing, the student must borrow one from the library and receive a “Chromebook Tardy.”
  9. The Chromebooks will be collected at the end of the school year to minimize loss and damage.
  10. Instructors will create folders on Google Drive which contain classroom content and schedule.

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a device that connects to the internet and allows information to be viewed, created, and stored. Nothing is stored on the Chromebook. All data storage is done on the cloud. The Chromebook cannot download and run software programs. Computers have independent operating systems, software programs, and data storage, while Chromebooks are only displays. The operating systems, programs and data storage are on the cloud. There are several manufacturers that make Chromebooks, but they all use the same Google software. SWCHS is currently using a device built by Samsung.

What is Google Drive?

Google has evolved from a simple search engine to a broad range of electronic services. Google Drive comes with a number of applications that resemble Microsoft Office: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing tools, etc. Each student has an account on the Google drive that can be accessed using the Chromebook, a smartphone, or any other computer. Students access course syllabi and assignments through their Google drive account.

How does the 1:1 Program affect the worldview and discipleship objectives of SWCHS?

First, we must acknowledge learning and communication has changed dramatically with technology. Students, as well as adults, depend upon technological devices for learning and communication. Furthermore, communication is an essential component in reflecting the image of God. Therefore, a Christian educational institution has the responsibility of equipping students with technological knowledge and skills to advance God’s kingdom and not merely as personal entertainment.

Second, we must accept that technology and the internet are neither good nor evil. It’s how a person uses them that matters. The information age requires that we focus on training students, not only with more information, but with wisdom to navigate and use that information. Putting technological devices in the hands of students becomes a teaching opportunity for “equipping students to be mature disciples of Christ” in the technocentric world they are entering.