Bring Your Own Device/Lease Your Own Device (BYOD/LYOD) FAQ

Why Chromebooks?

What are the technical specifications of the leased Chromebook devices?

Will the students be allowed to bring the Chromebooks home. Will there be any parental monitoring software installed on the leased Chromebooks?

What does the warranty cover?

What is the process for converting a leased Chromebook into a student-owned Chromebook?

Are parents able to administer leased Chromebook devices? Can monitoring software be installed?

 

Does a BYOD laptop have to be a Chromebook or can it be a Windows or a Mac?

Will the school provide an approved software package on these devices to assure the security and lock out any unwanted apps the students might try to download? Does Meridian install any products from Adobe, such as Photoshop or Illustrator?

Does Meridian block websites such as Facebook and Twiter?

 

 

Why Chromebooks?

Why does Meridian use and recommend Google Chromebook devices? Ease of setup, deployment and security are the main reasons Meridian has opted to use Google's ecosystem. Chromebooks from vendors like Acer and Samsung enable us to deploy hundreds of devices to our K-12 students at a fraction of the overall cost-of-ownership of other solutions.

What are the technical specifications of the leased Chromebook devices?

For the 2018-2019 school year, Meridian will be leasing Samsung Chromebook 3 devices. These modern Chromebooks feature an 11.6" display, 4GB memory, trackpad and full sized keyboard; they are fully compatible with Meridian's G-Suite For Education (Google) ecosphere.

Will the students be allowed to bring the Chromebooks home? Will there be any parental monitoring software installed on the leased Chromebooks?

Yes, students will be allowed to take their leased Chromebooks home. Meridian is currently evaluating content filtering software to be used while off campus. This solution will be in compliance with the federally mandated Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). All Chromebooks, regardless of physical location or Internet connection, will have Internet activity filtered.  Security settings, software updates along with adding and removing Chrome OS applications and extensions are administered exclusively by Meridian's technology staff. Students are prohibited from disabling, modifying, circumventing or altering the management system settings or the content filter. Parental monitoring of student Chromebook use at home is encouraged.

What does the warranty cover?

The warranty is a standard warranty. It is a three year factory warranty that covers hardware failure. It does not cover damage from liquids, or physical damage from drops or falls. It is important to keep the Chromebook protected by using the included carrying case when traveling between school and home. The Chromebook must not be exposed to extreme temperatures - leaving it in a hot car, for example, can void the warranty.

What is the process for converting a leased Chromebook into a student-owned Chromebook?

When a previously leased Chromebook is purchased from Meridian, the Technology Department will remove it from our inventory, along with removing it from Meridian's G-Suite ecosphere. While owned by Meridian, student Chromebooks are locked into the meridianstudents.org domain - only student accounts are allowed to log into the device. Once purchased, and removed from Meridian's domain, both meridianstudents.org and regular gmail.com accounts can be used with the device.

Are parents able to administer leased Chromebook devices? Can monitoring software be installed?

No, administration of leased BYOD Chromebook devices is provided by the Meridian Technology Department. No additional software can be installed by parents or students on these devices. Parents are encouraged to monitor their children's use of technology - network filters used at Meridian are not available off Meridian's campus.

 

Does a BYOD laptop have to be a Chromebook or can it be a Windows or a Mac?

Meridian recommends students use devices that are capable of running the Chrome OS, Windows, Linux or Mac OS. Since our ecosphere centers around Google's G-Suite For Education, for the best integration with those applications, we recommend these devices have the latest version of the Chrome browser installed, and students use the Chrome browser when interacting with G-Suite apps like Google Drive and Google Docs. However, any modern browser, including Firefox and Safari, will be able to access Google's G-Suite For Education apps.

Will the school provide an approved software package on these devices to assure the security and lock out any unwanted apps the students might try to download? Does Meridian install any products from Adobe, such as Photoshop or Illustrator?

Our network has security appliances at the network edge that helps prevent malware from accessing devices on our internal network, but Meridian is not responsible for software that students may download and install onto their own devices as a result of using our network. In the Chrome ecosphere, meridianstudents.org accounts are prevented installing Chrome apps or extensions without approval from the Technology Department.

Meridian does not install software on student-owned devices, including Adobe software. Should a class require an Adobe product such as Photoshop or Illustrator, a computer will be provided with the necessary software for the duration of that class.

Does Meridian block websites such as Facebook and Twiter?

Our network security devices block websites deemed adult-oriented, along with social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, outbound VPN connections, P2P and other connections are unavailable on Meridian student wireless networks.

 

If you have a question that wasn't answered in this FAQ, please send an email to it-manager@mwschool.org and we will add it to this document.

 

Updated July 12, 2018