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RCS is committed to being a 1:1 district, providing every RCS student with equitable access to a device. We are pleased to offer Chromebooks to our TK-12 learners. 

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop that runs on the Google Chrome operating system. The Chrome operating system is designed to work in the cloud, so that means everything--your files, your apps, even your desktop-- lives online (not on your laptop) and is the same wherever you sign in. That means never misplacing your files or losing your work in progress (it’s all right on the cloud). No wifi? Chromebooks also store files locally and work offline.

What do learners actually do on a Chromebook?

This varies from school to school and by grade level, but the answer may be, “just about everything.” Popular tools like Google Slides, Docs and Sheets make classroom collaboration easy, and there are apps like video-making, podcasting, and coding. You may also have heard your child talk about Google Classroom. It is a tool some teachers use to help organize student classwork, push out videos and assignments, and facilitate discussions and video conferences.

How to Use a Chromebook

The video below will review how to take care of your district issued device.
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Want to experience what it is like to use a Chromebook?

Check out the step-by-step interactive tutorials in the Chromebook Simulator. 

Chromebook Simulator 

Chromebook Basics

How to Move between pages with touchpad

Watch this video to learn how to move between pages using your touchpad on a Chromebook.

How to Search

Learn how to search using the Search button.

How to connect to Bluetooth

Connecting to Bluetooth on a Chromebook is easy as can be.

How to take screenshots

Let this video guide you for all your screen grabbing needs. 

How to CAP LOCKS

Learn how to use caps lock on Chromebook

How to setup offline mode

The work offline feature on Chromebook is out of this world, literally. 

How to access Accessibility Features 

Select-to-Speak

Learn how to use the built-in Chromebook accessibility feature Select-to-Speak to hear chosen text read aloud.

Speech to Text

Learn the different ways to use voice to enter text on your Chromebook.

Screen Magnification

Learn about the different ways to zoom and magnify content on your Chromebook. 

Chromebook FAQ

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For any technical issues, please follow this procedure.

  1. Go to the Remote Learning Support Form.

  2. Fill out the form with as many specific details as you can.

  3. Once you click "Submit", it can take up to 24 hours to get a response, perhaps more if there are a large number of requests for support. If this wait will impact your student's participation in school, an email to the student's teacher is appreciated.

The Family Tech Support Resource is maintained and updated by Rachel Mainero, Information Literacy Specialist and Julie Rains, Technology Program Consultant for Virtual Campus.