2019 - 2020 Chromebook Parent Purchase Program
Chromebook Parent Purchase Program Information 2020-2021
NOTE: Because of COVID 19 there are substantial delays in Chromebook deliveries.
Click Here: https://b-com.ca/educationportal/
Your Clearview School Access Code is: 84564322
Clearview Public Schools is proud of the many ways that our staff and students utilize technology in order to enhance teaching and learning in our schools. We have a long history and a proven track record of working with our school communities in order to positively leverage the potential of digital technology tools to support learning. Everyday our schools utilize technology to:
allow students to show their learning in a wide variety of ways,
connect students with each other within their classroom, within the division, within the province and around the world.
connect students and teachers with experts in various fields such as authors, astronauts, scientists,
support students with a wide variety of learning styles and needs,
Clearview Public Schools believes that students should be able to bring their own device (BYOD) to school to support their learning.
In many, many schools parents seeking to provide supports for their children as they learn in today’s classrooms are often asking our teachers and administrators “what kind of a device should I purchase for my child
Through a partnership with a well known manufacturer of Chromebooks, Clearview Public Schools in partnership with B-Com Computers has been able to develop an online process whereby we can pass along special pricing to our families on Chromebooks. While it may be true that our families will be able to occasionally find lower pricing on similar devices at a sale at a nearby retailer, by purchasing through our online process parents can be assured that the devices they purchase will work within Clearview’s learning environment. This purchase will also include a Google license ($35) that will allow Clearview to install the same helpful apps and extension we use at school. With this license, it will also allow this BYOD device to be an eligible device that your child can use for the PAT and Diploma secure exams. They dropped their shipping charge rate now and a flat-rate shipping charge of $12.99 will be applied. This is a good deal because all shipping to Stettler and area is more than that flat rate. B-Com picks up the difference in shipping charges.
Apps and Extension include:
Tools for support in the Classroom: Write for Google, Share to Google Classroom, Add to Google Classroom, Google cast for Education.
Tools to support network operations: Cloudpath, Gopher Buddy, Hapara Highlights.
Tools for student safety: GoGuardian, uBlock Origin (Ad blocker), Password Checkup, Scooped, Securly for Chromebooks
For the 2019-2020 school year, Clearview Public Schools is excited to be working with BCom Computer, as the re-seller of Chromebooks, to offer the Chromebook Parent Purchase Program for our Clearview families through an online Parent Purchase Program website.
In partnership with Clearview, BCom Computer has built a Clearview Public Schools online store specifically for our families which provides the ability to purchase a selection of Chromebooks, accessories and warranty options which have been chosen because they fit in well with our Clearview context.
Families wishing to purchase a Chromebook through this program will need to visit https://b-com.ca/educationportal/ in order to create a parent shopping and payment profile.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Remember on these BYOD Chromebooks to make a profile for each person/account that is going to use the device. Do this by "adding a person" and signing in with that person's account. If you make a separate profile for each person using the Chromebook then when your child uses their Clearview account on their profile, it will get the setting Clearview sets for that account and it will only apply to that profile. If however, you only have the one profile then the Clearview settings will be applied to that one account and you won't be able to sign into a personal Gmail account.
If you want your child to be able to sign in with a personal Gmail account and a Clearview account. Make one profile for that personal account and one profile for the Clearview account. They will have to sign out of each account to log into the other account.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Payment Options?
Our reseller, BCom Computer, has made two different options for payment available to our families wishing to purchase through the Parent Purchase Portal.
A family can choose to use their credit card to pay for the total cost of their order all at once or;
A family might choose to pay the total cost of their order over 4 monthly payments.
This flexibility will hopefully allow as many Clearview families as possible to access the Chromebook Parent Purchase Plan.
Costs for the devices will vary slightly during the year as it is tied to Canadian and US exchange rates. Prices will always be in Canadian funds. Detailed costs are available on the website.
What is the Warranty and the options for Warranty Upgrades?
The Chromebooks purchased through the Parent Purchase Program come with a standard one year manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty covers manufacturer's defects in the device for a period of one year. This standard warranty does not include accidental or intentional damage to any component of the Chromebook such as the screen, keyboard, case, touchpad, etc.
BCom offers the following warranty upgrades as a part of the Clearview Public Schools Parent Purchase Program:
An extension of the manufacturer's warranty from 1 year to 3 years. This extension does not cover accidental or intentional damage to the device,
An extension of the manufacturer’s warranty to 3 years with accidental damage coverage. This coverage allows for the one time replacement of a device that has been accidentally damaged beyond repair.
These options are available through the Parent Purchase Program website at the time of purchase at various prices.
IMPORTANT: Once a device has been delivered to a student as a part of the Parent Purchase Program, it will be the responsibility of the student’s family to work with BCom Computer to resolve any warranty claims, disputes, or concerns around payments. If needed, you can find contact information for BCom Computer by visiting their website at: www.b-com.ca
After purchase, how is the device delivered?
Chromebooks purchased through the Clearview Public Schools online purchase process will be shipped from our reseller to your house for a flat-rate of $12.99. Students are encouraged to order early as the delivery may take a few weeks depending on available stock.
Do I HAVE to Purchase a Chromebook through the Parent Purchase Website?
Clearview Public Schools is a bring your own device environment and welcomes any device that a student may have that is able to support their learning appropriately by leveraging web based tools such as Google Apps for Education. However, if purchased through this Clearview Parent Portal, you will know that your child has the same or similar device that we use in Clearview and that device will have all the same options, apps, extensions that we use at Clearview, including using that device for any PAT or Diploma exam. (Other BYOD devices cannot be used for any Provincial PAT or Diploma Secure exam). If you purchase a Chromebook from an other place we will ask that you make arrangements to have the Clearview Tech team install a license ($35 your charge) so that we continue to provide the necessary apps needed in Clearview.
Our students’ families have long asked us for our recommendations around devices that are relatively low cost but high impact in terms of supporting learning. This is how the Parent Purchase Program was born!
Our classroom teachers utilize Google Apps for Education in Clearview and the Chromebook is a natural platform to be able to take advantage of the power of these collaborative tools. We have completed tests and research with various Chromebook devices over the years and have selected devices that have good battery life, are generally robust enough to stand up to day-to-day classroom use, and have proven themselves as reliable over our considerable time using them in Clearview.
We certainly welcome and support our families’ choices to purchase a device to enhance their child’s learning through our Parent Purchase Program or through any retailer of their choice. The Parent Purchase Program was designed as a service to our families so that there was one less decision for parents to make around what device should we buy and/or where should we buy or device from?
If you have any questions around how Chromebooks or other digital tools are being utilized in your child’s school to support and enhance learning, please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s teacher or the administrators at the school.