Lake Washington School District is a nationally recognized leader in using technology in the classroom and has been for the last two decades. Today’s students have lived with digital technology from a very early age. Technology is a natural part of how they live every day. To engage these “digital natives”, the district provides reliable, contemporary, and integrated technology to enable teaching, learning, research, and service. Teachers must use technology as an integral part of their teaching strategies to stimulate the exchange and creation of knowledge students have come to expect. Technology will exist in an integrated environment that fosters an open, collaborative, and unifying culture.
The program ensures students learn the information and communication technology skills in the student profile. The program was piloted in 2010 and implemented district-wide in 2012. This program is possible thanks to technology levies passed by voters.
Lake Washington School District strives to ensure academic success for all students by closing opportunity gaps. We do this by providing equitable and inclusive working and learning environments for all students, families, staff and communities. The MAS program is one example of how we provide equitable learning environments for all students.
What do students and families need to know about this program?
Thanks to the funding provided by the Capital Technology Levy, the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) provides and assigns students a laptop computer for use at school and potentially home to promote achievement, research information, develop academic and digital citizenship skills, and provide learning opportunities in core curriculum.
Secondary students will be issued a new LWSD laptop computer, pen and power cord/charger at the start of the school year in 6th grade and in 9th grade for the duration of middle school and/or high school. All students will comply with the LWSD’s Student Electronic Resources and Internet Safety Policy (2022P) and the LWSD Student Laptop Handbook. The use of the equipment can be restricted or revoked for inappropriate use.
Elementary students will use cart-based laptops in the classroom which are managed by the teacher. The use of district-provided technology requires students to abide by the Student Code of Conduct and all LWSD policies related to technology acceptable use. We ask that student/families read and acknowledge the Laptop Agreement for each student electronically through ParentSquare.
- High School & Middle School Laptop Agreement Form (Próximamente en Español)
- Elementary Laptop Agreement Form | Español
Student laptops are password protected. Make sure that you get your student’s user name and password from them so you can monitor their computer and Internet use.
Need affordable home internet service? Access to the Internet is critical to students
for learning at home and to connect families with schools. Please consider the
- Affordable Connectivity Program (affordableconnectivity.gov) – Free or low-cost broadband internet access for qualifying families.
- Everyone On (everyoneon.org) – List of national low cost or free internet access resources.
- Internet Essentials – Connect low income families to home Internet. Visit internetessentials.com or call 855-846-8376.
- Comcast Xfinity – Wifi hotspots across King County will be available to anyone who needs them for free.
- Lake Washington School District – Offers free cellular hotspots to families that do not have home Internet service. Check with student’s school office.
- 1 Green Planet (1greenplanet.com) – Donating personal computers for district students in need for online learning at home. Call 425-428-4414 for availability.
All Elementary and 6th grade student passwords are changed for the 2023-24 school year on August 14.
- All elementary school students, 6th graders and students of all grades enrolled between the end of June and August 14th or later must use the new Default Password.
- All returning students in grades 7-12 (includes 9th graders entering high school) will use their current district password they created at the last 90 day reset cycle.
K-2 student passwords will not expire.
- Hold Ctrl+Alt+Delete to change passwords.
- If primary teachers/students change the passwords, they will need to follow the district's password guidelines (see below)
- Primary student passwords will not expire, even if they are changed.
The default password must change each year, as required by Washington State.
Students in grades 3-12 will be prompted to change their passwords at first login.
- Students in grades 3-12 will be prompted every 90 days from the date of the last password change to reset their password (or sooner if intrusion attempts are detected).
Passwords must be at least 10 characters long and contain at least one (1) character from the following categories:
- UPPER CASE LETTER (A-Z)
- Lower case letter (a-z)
- Number (0-9)
- Special Character (~ ! @ # $ % ^ & + =)
- Passphrases are easier to remember than complicated passwords. A short phrase or sentence with symbols makes for a secure password.
- Examples of passphrases:
- Hello world!
- Examples of passphrases:
Passwords must not contain part of your name, login ID or email address. Previous passwords will not work and cannot be reused.
Students can change their passwords using Office 365 off site.
In this district, the technology operations and technology integration work collaboratively. Technology operations implements, supports and maintains the infrastructure, network, systems, software and computers that enable teaching and learning. Technology integration works to help teachers learn to effectively use digital resources, content and technology tools for teaching and learning. Together, technology operations and integration provide teachers the tools and training needed to connect technology with learning.
In the classroom, you can expect to find the following equipment:
- Teacher computer
- An interactive Projection Board
- Document camera
- Audio amplification system
The technology integration group provides many resources for teachers to use this equipment effectively. Teachers can project materials on the interactive board. As the teacher and students work out problems or write answers, the teacher can save the work to the computer, bringing it back for reference at any time.
The video above and the information below will assist you in starting your laptop, adding a printer, logging into the Student Portal, and storing your documents on OneDrive.
- Where can I find Microsoft Classroom Teams support?
- How do I setup Office 365 Pro Plus?
- What if my laptop is not working properly or is broken?
- What do I do when I login, I receive a message ‘No login servers available’?
- How do I add a printer?
- What if a student forgot to charge their laptop and the battery is dead?
- What if my student forgot to bring the laptop to school?
- What happens if a student’s laptop is broken after check out?
- What if the laptop is stolen?
- My student is on a sports team and/or is taking PE. How will the laptop be kept secure?
- How are students kept safe online?
- I don’t allow my student to have a password on their home computer so I can monitor its use. How can I know what my student is doing on the school computer?
- Home Internet access is expensive. Are families required to provide Internet access at home?
- Can my student use their own personal computer instead of a district-issued computer?
- Can kids install printer drivers or connect with their home printer or do they have to accomplish it in a different way?
- I have been trying to help my student add a printer at home and have not had success. Can anyone help us?
- How do I get into the MAS device to add my custom home-network security settings?
- Why can’t students install software on the MAS devices?
Follow these steps before turning it in for repair:
- Restart your computer from the Start icon/Power icon.
- Do not close the lid during this process.
- Check to make sure the wireless is turned on
- Make sure your battery is securely locked in place.
If you continue to experience issues with your laptop or if it is damaged, take it to the library, complete the Computer Repair form, and turn in the form with your laptop. You will be issued a loaner laptop to use while yours is in repair. You will receive an email when your laptop is repaired and ready for pick-up. Bring the loaner laptop back to the library.
If you receive this message upon login,
1. Make sure the wireless on your device is turned on.
2. If the wireless is on and you still received the message:
- Shut down the computer by going to the Start button, click on the Power icon and select Restart.
Click on the Start icon and type printer to the right of the icon
At the top of the list, click on Devices and Printers
On the next screen, in the box to the right, type add a in front of the word printer
On the next screen, click on + Add a printer or scanner
On the next screen, click on The printer that I want isn’t listed
In the Find Printers screen, type the printer name in the Name: field, click Find Now
The printer you are searching for will be listed under Search results, double-click on the printer
On the next screen, you will receive a message that you have successfully added the printer, click Next
On the next screen, you can check the Set as default printer box, you can click on print a test page, then click Finish
To search for printers in your school:
On the Find Printers screen
Type PB-xxx or PX-xxx
(xxx= your school number) and click on Find Now
All of your school printers will be shown under Search results (their network names include the number of the room location)
Double click on the printer you are searching for from the list
Continue with step 8 above
One of the best ways to avoid this issue is to consistently (and constantly) remind students to charge the laptop at home every night. They are expected to bring the laptop to school charged every day. If they fail to do so, they may be able to borrow a spare power cable. Barring that, the student would have to charge their laptop in the school’s laptop location (often the library) and lose out on participation in the classroom laptop activities until the battery is charged.
If a student forgets to bring their laptop to school, the student may miss out on laptop-related instructional activities that day. Please help us help your student bring their laptop to/from school daily! Each school has a very small number of “loaner” devices. Priority for these loaners goes to students who experience equipment issues outside their control. When available, a student who forgot their laptop may be issued a “loaner” device by the school.
The loss needs to be reported ASAP to your student’s school. The student can then check out a loaner/spare until we settle the loss issue. It is critical that the student maintain good security for the laptop at all times! Please work with your student to reinforce the importance of taking care of the laptop.
Students should file a police report and give a copy to the school librarian for our records.
When students’ use district issued laptops, while at school or home, they access the internet through district filtering and security systems. These systems are provided to help ensure students’ online safety as they explore the World Wide Web. They are also designed to meet the federal requirements outlined in the Children’s’ Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which the district must comply with.
LWSD computer filtering relies on security systems from Palo Alto Networks and Microsoft. These state-of-the-art filtering systems are used to block inappropriate or objectionable material and provide online computing environments for students which support their education. However, no filtering system is 100% reliable. It is reported that over 33,000 web sites are created each day and new sites with objectionable material for students can be missed or may have not yet been picked up for filtering. Students are responsible to help ensure their online safety and should report any inappropriate sites. The district’s Acceptable Use Policy and Acceptable Use Procedure prohibits the use of proxy bypass or other tools that can circumvent the district’s filtering systems.
General categories of sites which are blocked by district firewalls include: Alcohol, tobacco and abused drugs; nudity and adult content; dating; social networking; games, shareware and freeware; streaming media and music purchase and download; web hosting and web based email, online storage and backup; hacking, malware, and phishing; internet portals, personal sites and blogs, private IP addresses; proxy bypass/avoidance and dynamic DNS; and translations sites which can circumvent filtering systems; as well as other identified objectionable content.
District technology staff can block additional sites identified as containing inappropriate content. If sites within blocked categories are needed for specific instructional purposes, teachers can request those sites by opened for access.
Students computing offsite on district-issued computers are tunneled back through district firewalls so that they cannot bypass safe student filtering while connected to private networks using Microsoft Direct Access.
As an added measure, at home, parents can add filtering to their home network. One option is using a free filtering service like the one from www.OpenDNS.com that will filter nefarious content from your home network on all devices, including the LWSD MAS device. If your student has accessed a website that causes you concern and that you feel is inappropriate, please forward the URL to email@example.com.
No, we don’t require families to have Internet access, though it would be very helpful for students. You should know, however, about the Comcast Internet Essentials program, which provides basic Internet access to families with students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch. This program offers home Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax, with no activation fees, equipment rental fees or price increases. For more information visit InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376.
There are several reasons why we are providing the same computing devices to all students in school. They include safety, instruction, technical support and equity.
Safety: we have installed web filters and have other safety precautions that help prevent students from accessing inappropriate or unsafe websites while at school or home. We can’t be sure that devices brought from home meet the same standard.
Instruction: we have purchased and installed several different software packages on district laptops that will not be available on outside computers. The same software, and even the same version, will be on each district laptop, so teachers are able to quickly and more efficiently teach entire classes and help individual students. Trying to teach a lesson with several different kinds of software and/or different versions of that software would be very difficult.
Technical Support: we can provide robust technical support through our technical support staff to a limited universe of computing devices. We can’t offer the same level of support to an unlimited universe of devices, which could lead to more computer downtime and lost learning opportunities. This practice is similar to the private sector, where employees are issued a company-owned device to ensure a predictable user experience and optimal technical support.
Equity: some families cannot afford the latest computer or even a computer at all. If all students are using the same device, they can focus on what they are learning with the device, not on who has which device and what else is on it.
Students are not precluded from bringing their personal mobile devices / computers to school, however, students who bring personal computers:
- Must also bring their district computer fully charged and available for use
- Must use the district device when required by the teacher
- May access the Internet only through guest wireless network, where filters are set to the level of protection needed by an elementary student.
- Will not receive technical support or assistance with personal computers
- May not access printing or charge their personal computer at school
- Do so at their own risk. The district is not responsible for lost or stolen personal computers.
Students can install drivers and print to home printers. To install a printer at home, follow these steps:
- If your printer is a USB printer it may work just plug and play – try it
- From the start button and selecting ‘Devices and Printers’
- Click ‘Add Printer’ then ‘Add Local Printer’
- Choose the correct port for your printer type (contact the manufacturer if you do not know) it is usually USB
- Select the driver from the list – if it is not present you will have to download the driver – (see below)
- Give the printer a name and select next
- Do not share the printer and select next
- Select ‘Set as Default’ printer if you want all jobs to print to this printer automatically and click ‘Finish.’
If the printer driver is not in the driver list you will have to download the driver:
- Visit the web site of the manufacturer of your printer and download the driver. You must only download the ‘driver only’ version of the software as the device will not allow you to install print management software
- Please note the location/folder you save the driver in
- At step 5 above select ‘Have Disk’ and browse to the folder where you saved the driver and select the *.inf file – click next and continue with the steps above
Please note that wireless and network printers require additional steps and possibly software that are beyond the scope of this document and may require manufacturer tech support. Also please note that students are not allowed to install software other than drivers on their computer so printers requiring print management software may not be compatible with the device.
Students are blocked from installing software for security reasons, which will also block the use of print management software. Check with the manufacturer to see if they offer a driver only solution.
For security reasons, the District does not give students or parents Administrator rights to the devices. We set the MAS devices to work with the common security provided by most wireless networks encountered at businesses, libraries, or hotels.
If your home wireless security is more complex, we can offer the following recommendations:
- Add a segment to your network with less security for use by the MAS device
- Hardwire the MAS device directly to the home network and bypass wireless
- Open a hotspot for use by the MAS device separate from your secure wireless network
- Consider using standard security settings
We are bound by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to filter Internet content to any devices accessed by students on the LWSD network, including the MAS devices. Some students dislike the filters. Given the opportunity, students could install security-defeating software to bypass this requirement. Some students also would also be tempted to use the devices for illegal file sharing. All of those actions violate the district’s Acceptable Use Policy.
- Launch an internet browser to verify that you are able to get out to the internet.
- Properly restart your laptop every day. Click on the Start icon, click on Power and select Restart.
- Shut down your laptop after home use and boot it up at school the following morning. This ensures your computer receives all the required updates.
- Charge your laptop battery every night
- Avoid removing your battery. Frequent removal can bend the battery pins, which can damage the motherboard.
- Know your AUP. Follow the guidelines in the Student Laptop Handbook. Do not install unauthorized programs on your laptop.
- Always save your files and documents to your OneDrive or a flash drive, not to the desktop of your laptop. You will lose your files should the laptop crash or require a hard drive replacement.
- Make sure your battery is securely locked.
- Do not adhere stickers to your laptop.
- When you walk away from your laptop, lock it to discourage others from using it. To lock your laptop, press the Windows icon button + the ‘L’ key.
- Give your laptop sufficient space in your backpack. Forcing it into your pack and not allowing sufficient space can result in a cracked screen.
- Avoid liquid and food around your laptop. Use a backpack (preferably padded) with a water bottle carrier on the outside.
- Do not carry or lift your laptop by just the screen or battery.
- Never walk around with attachments in your USB drive (flash drive or mouse). These can jam and break the USB port on the system board. This is a costly repair.
- When opening your laptop, do not force it past the stopping point. Doing this can cause the interior posts to break.