Welcome to the Technology Department at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School. We are dedicated to integrating cutting-edge technology into our curriculum, providing robust IT support, and promoting a digitally literate community. As a team of seasoned IT professionals, we are consistently driving our school forward in this digital era, crafting a rich, modern learning environment. With technology at the heart of education today, our commitment is to ensure each member of our community is equipped with the tools and skills to excel in this rapidly evolving landscape.
Meet the Technology Department
Students may visit the Technology Office during regular school hours for in-person technology support. The Technology Department can assist with Chromebook troubleshooting and account password resets.
Students and Families may submit an online helpdesk ticket using this link.
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School greatly values and integrates technology into all aspects of our curriculum and programming.
To achieve this, our students are required to use Google Chromebooks as their 1-to-1 device to access many technology-based resources and tools. We strongly believe that the use of Chromebooks in our classrooms and CTAE areas will further enhance learning for students in all settings.
Chromebook Information for New Families
In order to ensure equal technology access for all students, we offer two options for families to pick from to access a Chromebook, outlined below. You will indicate your access option through the PowerSchool online “New Student Registration Form”.
- Bring your own: You may purchase your own Chromebook from any retailer and use it at ENSATS or use a Chromebook you already have.
- This option allows you to conduct your own research and select a model that best fits your child’s needs. We highly recommend referring to Google’s Auto Update Policy for Chromebooks, which specifies when Google will stop Chromebooks from receiving updates. Students are required to have a Chromebook that is still receiving regular Google updates. This date is typically four or five years after the device is originally manufactured.
- If you are seeking a recommendation, consider the Lenovo 100e Chromebook Gen 4.
- Borrow: You may borrow a Chromebook from the school. All families that borrow from ENSATS will be charged a one-time $50 Technology Fee*.
- Familes will pickup their Chromebook, complete paperwork, and pay the borrow fee at the school in August.
- Accidental damage to a borrowed Chromebook can be repaired through the Technology Office for a $20 repair fee. Families will be held fiscally liable for any intentional damage made to the borrowed Chromebook or if the Chromebook is lost.
- Borrowed Chromebooks may be brought home on a nightly basis during the school year.
It is highly recommended that, when possible, Chromebooks are purchased by the family.
The Technology department will host Chromebook sessions on the dates listed below. During these sessions, families bringing their own Chromebooks will have their Chromebooks enrolled into the Essex Tech management system. Families borrowing Chromebooks from the school will fill out a Technology Loan Agreement, pay the technology fee of $50.00, receive the Chromebook, and receive assistance with logging on. We ask that both the student and a caregiver attend.
- Wednesday, August 16, 2023 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
- Wednesday, August 16, 2023 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
- Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
- Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
- Friday, August 25, 2023 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Chromebooks are the required device for students in class. MacBooks and Windows laptops are not permitted. This restriction is in place to ensure that teachers are able to provide unified instruction to all students; therefore, we believe it is important that all students have the same type of device. In addition, Chromebooks will be enrolled in a management system to ensure productivity and provide network access.
Student Data Privacy
According to The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA), millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected, or shared in our digital society.
Data collection is essential for improving academic achievement in today’s modern digital learning environments’ effective use of data measures student progress to steer personalized learning decisions to ensure that every child learns. While recognizing the importance of real-time data in guiding student success, school officials also acknowledge their roles as gatekeepers. As a school district, we have a moral and ethical duty to protect our students’ information while using online digital learning tools. While technology may make accessing student data relatively easy, it needs to be maintained securely and confidentially, and that is a responsibility we take very seriously.
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School District utilizes The Education Cooperative (TEC)’s Student Data Privacy Alliance (SDPA) administrative and legal support to negotiate privacy terms with our software vendors. In cooperation with the Student Data Privacy Consortium, TEC has developed a statewide Data Privacy Agreement (DPA) for MA, NH, RI, ME, and VT. These legally enforceable documents articulate a vendor’s responsibilities and the duties required to protect student data in compliance with all applicable federal and state privacy statutes, including FERPA, PPRA, and COPPA.
Our active Student Data Privacy Agreements can be found here.