San Jose, CA, September 1, 2021 - The Moreland School District will be providing Chromebooks to every student in grades 3-8 this month, reaching a 1:1 technology milestone and ensuring successful in-classroom, remote, and at-home learning for all students. While 1:1 technology has been available in the classroom for several years, Moreland is proud to have the opportunity to provide students with devices they can take with them to and from school, ensuring seamless access to online curriculum, assignments, and projects.
“We are proud to give each student their own personal Chromebook to check out and use at home,” said Dr. Clover Codd, Superintendent of schools. “The pandemic highlighted disparities within our society and school systems. The digital divide was pronounced more than ever. Technology is an integral part of the teaching and learning process. Our students must have the tools necessary to access high levels of learning, regardless of where the learning takes place.”
During school closures in the Spring of 2020 and throughout the 2020/2021 school year, Moreland rolled out over 3,400 devices and over 360 internet hotspots to students in support of distance learning. With so much of the school curriculum now being online, students continue to use technology to both collaborate and focus with classmates, level the education technology playing field among varying socio-economic groups, and boost students’ technology skills.
Schools will begin to roll out devices on September 7, 2021 for grades 6 to 8 and September 13 for grades 3 to 5. Moreland has developed a maintenance and replacement plan for all Chromebooks to ensure the inventory of Chromebooks remains reliable and runs smoothly so all students can achieve their full potential.
To ensure your child receives their Chromebook:
Student Chromebook distribution will be based on the parent/guardian authorization in the Aeries Parent Portal, the online link to complete your child’s emergency contact information and authorizations/permissions for each student. If parent/guardians have not completed this step yet, families can access their Aeries Parent Portal by doing the following:
If you have a returning student:
Your Aeries Portal log-in is the same as last year (parent email on file with the District). Simply click here to log-in: https://morelandsd.asp.aeries.net/student/LoginParent.aspx . If you don’t remember your password, click the “Forgot password” link to have a temporary one sent to your email.
If you have a new student:
You were automatically sent an email from Aeries Parent Portal from “[email protected]” when you enrolled your student(s) in the online enrollment system. Open that email and follow the instructions to log in to your Aeries Parent Portal account. If you cannot find this email in your Inbox, be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder as well. If you still don’t find it, please check with your child’s school site to confirm the email that is on file with the District.
Under the Authorizations tab, parent/guardians should select “Yes” next to the question, “Do we have your permission to issue a take-home Chromebook to your grade 3-8 child?” After all authorizations are completed, be sure to click “Save” and click submit for the Final Data Confirmation.
If families have devices at home, the District is still encouraging each child to receive a Chromebook to take to and from in-person learning at school. District-issued Chromebooks will provide a level of Internet protection to each child’s Internet activity by keeping them from intentionally or accidentally going to inappropriate websites. This additional layer of digital safety reduces distractions and increases focus, supporting student success.
For support with the Aeries Parent Portal, parents/guardians can contact their school office.
If a family needs support in getting a hotspot for wireless internet, they can complete the Alternative Household Income Form. Upon approval of Free/Reduced services, parents may request a hotspot device by completing this form.