I. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
HARDWARE: LightSail recommends Intel Chromebooks. Please visit https://eduproducts.withgoogle.com to view compatible devices.
OPERATING SYSTEM: LightSail is compatible with the latest version of Chrome OS.
NETWORK: To achieve the most desirable book download speed, we recommend an Internet connection of 15Mbps or faster. During setup, a technical manager will assist the school’s tech contact in testing whether content can be downloaded successfully over school Wi-Fi. Modifications to school or district firewall or filtering software may be necessary.
II. SETUP AND MANAGEMENT
CHROME MANAGEMENT CONSOLE: Google offers powerful tools to set up and manage your Chromebooks via the Chrome Management Console. You can assign apps, settings, and security policies to specific users or groups of users remotely with this web-based tool. If your devices were purchased directly from Google for Education, a Chrome Management license was included with your purchase. If you purchased your devices elsewhere, you will need to purchase Chrome Management licenses separately from Google.
Please visit https://support.google.com/chrome/a/ for more details.
ARC: Prior to installing LightSail, you must approve the ARC (App Runtime for Chrome) extension in Chrome Management Console (or alternative MDM).
- Chrome ID for ARC: mfaihdlpglflfgpfjcifdjdjcckigekc
III. BEST PRACTICES
Best practices for Chromebook management:
- Student Assignments: Make sure that students use the same device every time. The best way to do this is have each student and device assigned a number so the student knows he or she use that device every day.
- Label Devices: Each device should be labeled with a sticker or piece of tape with the number written on it.
- Cart Management: Create and attach a schedule with teacher names and room numbers to the cart, so that the devices can be wheeled around to classrooms at the specified time.
Please see our videos in the LightSail Learning Community for additional resources. (note: LLC resources are proprietary and only available to current LS customers.)
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