Northwest ISD understands the value of technology in the classroom as a means to elevate teaching and learning. Access to a world of information, resources, and creative potential helps our students be future ready. It is an expectation that all students come to school with a charged device every day. Students can choose to utilize a district issued device or their own personal computing device.
District Issued Devices
All secondary students will have the opportunity to receive a Dell Chromebook as the district issued device for the 2016-2017 school year. Northwest ISD will be joining over half of the K-12 market in the US that is currently using Chromebooks as their primary learning device. The operating system is designed to create a secure experience for our students. This device exceeds the Northwest ISD Student Device Standards and we are excited about the opportunities this creates for our learners. Please visit the NISD Chromebook Academy and the 1:World Youtube Chromebook channel for more information.
Bring Your Own Device
If students choose to forego the district issued device, they can utilize their own personal computing device as long as it follows the BYOD Guidelines. While we recognize cell phones are often used in the learning environment, they are a supplemental device and should not be the students primary educational device.
Northwest ISD students will utilize the district's filtered internet. Whether they choose to utilize the district issued device or bring their own, the filtering system in Northwest ISD exceeds the requirements of Children's Internet Protection Act. Please note the district filter follows the district owned devices whether they are on campus or connected to another network. For example, when in any district building or at home, the district issued device is subject to the district's filtering policies. For information on filtering non-district owned devices at home, please visit www.openDNS.com.
Permission and Fees for Secondary Students
For a device to be checked out to students, the following steps should be completed:
- Optional: Pay the annual maintenance fee of $25 online or in person on campus.
- Sign and review the Secondary Device Usage Agreement online by signing into your account here and clicking on "Submit the Secondary Device Usage Agreement Online". If you prefer to print out a copy and bring to your campus, click here.
- Bring your tablet, charger, and case if you have one checked out.
The optional maintenance fee for the 2016-2017 school year is $25. Students on free or reduced lunch will have an optional maintenance fee of $10. Students on free and reduced lunch may speak to the campus assistant principal for assistance with payment options.This fee may be paid online with a credit card or in person by cash or check. To pay your fees online, click here. Additional FAQ's on Secondary Chromebook deployment can be found here.
To view account information such as fees, balance, and devices that are checked out to your child, click here. For questions regarding student fines, please contact the campus assistant principal. Please contact your campus or view the campus web page for contact information.