• Why is the Chromebook the best device for our students?
    The Chromebook was selected by a committee of students, teachers, and parents based on the instructional needs of our school. Windows, Apple, and Chrome devices were reviewed.  While all devices evaluated had unique features, the Chromebook was selected because it met the identified criteria at a lower price point versus higher price point devices. The Chromebook offers the tools necessary to assist learning without distracting students with additional features.
     
    Can we use personal devices in the classroom? 
    We believe the school-issued Chromebook is the best instructional device for our students to use during the school day at Mountain Brook Junior High. All personal devices should be kept in the locker during the school day. Personal devices include cell phones and laptops. 
     
    Will students take the digital device home?
    Yes, MBJH 9th grade students are issued their Chromebook the first day of school. It will be part of their school supplies and they will have access to the device 24/7. 

    Will the Chromebook be returned in May for the summer?
    Students return the assigned Chromebook and charger at the end of the school year and receive a new device in 10th grade at MBHS.

    How will we print on campus? 
    Students will have access to printing in the MBJH library.
     
    How will we print at home? 
    If you have a wireless printer at home you are welcome to add to the Chromebook. On the Chromebook go to Settings, Show Advanced Settings, Google Cloud Print click -Manage. It should pick up any wi-fi printers in your home and you can add.
     
    How do we add a home classic printer? 
    The following steps should be done on a PC or Mac computer at home that has access to print to the home printer. You will need Google Chrome on this computer. Once the steps are completed you will be able to print from your Chromebook to your home printer.
    • Open Google Chrome.
    • In the upper right corner click the Chrome Menu on the browser toolbar.
    • Select Settings.
    • Click Show advanced settings.
    • Scroll down to the “Google Cloud Print” section. Click Manage.
    • If prompted, sign in with your Google School Account.
    • Select the printers you want to connect, and then click Add printer(s).
    The printer is now associated with your Google Account and connected to Google Cloud Print. You can print to this printer whenever you’re signed in with the same Google Account on your Chromebook. Click for more information: Adding Home Printers to Chrome 
     
    What if the device breaks?
    Please bring your Chromebook to the library before school for troubleshooting. You may also see Mrs. Brandt or Mrs. Gardner in the technology office. Email Mrs. Brandt, MBJH Technology Coordinator, with any questions - brandts@mtnbrook.k12.al.us. 

    What if I cannot find or lose my charger?
    Official charger replacements can be purchased online from the Replacement Charger link on the left. Please show the replacement charger to Mrs. Brandt to get a new sticker. 

    What if I leave the device at home?
    Students will be expected to bring the device to school each day as they would other school supplies. We are not able to issue loaner devices to students who do not bring their assigned Chromebook to school. 

    We will still have laptops and computers available on campus for student use?
    Yes, we will maintain some laptops, iMacs, and desktops on campus for students use with various applications.

    What if I lose my assigned Chromebook?
    Students should contact the local school technology coordinator.  The technology coordinator will help you work through the process of replacement.

    What applications are available?
    A Chromebook is a light weight device designed to provide fast access to online resources as well as the capability to work offline. Students will be able to access most Internet-based resources for curriculum purposes. Production tools will include Google Apps for Education and Office 365 which both offer calendars for organization, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and audio and video capabilities. Chrome is the main web browser and provides access to many applications for the classroom. ClassLink will allow students to easily access password protected programs. 

    How will I learn to use a Chromebook?
    Training will be provided throughout the school year by teachers. 

    What type of filtering is done through the school system?
    Content that is shared through student email and saved in the cloud is filtered for inappropriate and/or questionable content in an effort to keep our students safe. In the event that inappropriate content is found, the student will receive a warning email.    If deemed appropriate to elevate the issue, the incident will be reported to the school and school officials will follow typical protocols to keep students safe or correct any inappropriate behavior.

    What textbooks are available online?
    We have many online resources used in our classes. Our main textbooks resources include Pearson Success Net, Holt McDougal, AP Social Studies, and Math XL. Links to textbooks can be found on our website under Resources-Students.