Rio School District is committed to providing all students with the tools they need to be successful learners in the 21st Century. In conjunction with that goal, the District is providing each student with a personal, mobile, internet connected device – a laptop computer. Students will be expected to use these devices as part of their school work both during the day and at home. Students will be expected to care for these devices and be responsible for them.
Currently, the Take Home program is being piloted in one 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade class.
Below is important information related to the student laptop take home program.
Each student is expected to sign this form, acknowledging that they understand their expectations regarding the care and use of the laptops. (Created by Jasmine, Grade 3!)
Parent / Student Acknowledgement Form
Students and parents need to sign this form, acknowledging responsibilities and limitations of support
How to choose a wireless network (created by EJ, Grade 3!)
About Rio Student Laptops
Our student laptops are Acer Model B113 netbooks, running a special build of Linux Ubuntu called Ubermix. Each netbook is web filtered using a cloud-based filter called Securly. Access to inappropriate websites, whether at home or at school, is not allowed. The Ubermix software loaded on each laptop consists of an operating system and over 60 educational software programs. Students have full access to the operating system and the software, and can tailor the device to their liking. They can also download software from the linux software depository. Our hope is students will use this opportunity to learn about computers and operating systems! If they do something that causes an issue with the computer, the system can be fully restored (and the student’s documents and files will not be lost), by following the directions at this link.