• Chromebooks


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    Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS)

    Six Houston ISD middle schools have been accepted into Cohort 7 Verizon Innovative Learning, an education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, including Tanglewood Middle School. After a rigorous competitive process, Houston ISD was identified by the Verizon Foundation’s non-profit partner, Digital Promise, as meeting all criteria for participation in Cohort 7. Each VILS partner school will receive an in-kind award of Chromebooks for all students, teachers, and administrators, professional development, and digital instructional resources. Each Chromebook will be equipped with a data plan that provides “always-available” access outside of the classroom. Funds will be provided for a full-time Campus Instructional Technologist dedicated to providing teachers with the pedagogical support to effectively leverage technology in the classroom. The VILS program is for two years, with the possibility of a two year extension in the second year. The program period is from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022.



    Need assistance with your student Chromebook?

    If you are having problems with the student Chromebook or charger please follow these steps:

    1. Ask the student to first ask a classmate if they know how to fix the problem. Several students are part of our Gator Tech Team and may be able to help.

    2. Ask the student to try asking their teacher for help. Several of our staff know how to do basic troubleshooting.

    3. If the student has tried steps 1 and 2, have them take the Chromebook and/or charger with them to our campus technologist. Mr. Sam is located on the first floor next door to the downstairs dean's office in room 191.

    4. If your student is at home during school hours due to illness, injury, or other circumstances, and the problem is minor, they can email Mr. Sam ( jacob.sam@houstonisd.org ) or Mrs. Railsback ( arailsba@houstonisd.org ) for assistance.

    5. If your student is at home during school hours due to illness, injury, or other circumstances, and the problem is urgent or more serious, please call the school at 713-625-1411 and ask for Mr. Sam.


    Help us help our students take care of their Chromebooks!

    If we are not able to treat these devices with care and respect, consequences may result in a student device being taken up by Mr. Sam and not returned. 


    Students need to remove any personal stickers they have placed on their Chromebooks.

    The Chromebooks belong to Tanglewood MS, and should only have the stickers that Mr. Sam has placed on them (example: the Tanglewood crest, the clear pouch containing their green name card, and the inventory tags).

    Any official stickers need to stay there and not be removed or drawn on.


    General Care:

    There has been a recent increase in Chromebooks being turned in with severely damaged hinges and/or missing keys from the keyboard.

    Students need to be extra careful if they choose to use the device in tablet mode to prevent damage to their hinges.

    Chromebook keys do not just “fall off” of the keyboard - it takes purposeful force to remove them - and are not covered under the repair agreement we have with Digital Promise because they consider it “intentional” damage.



    Students need to charge their Chromebook overnight. We currently do not have any replacement chargers. If a student has a charger that no longer works correctly, they should let Mr. Sam know so that he can keep track of how many we need to order this summer.

    If a student chooses to bring their charger to school, they need to keep it in their backpack and make sure they get it back should they choose to loan it to a friend during class time.

    Students who do not have working chargers can bring their Chromebook to Mr. Sam and he can charge it for them during the day. It is their responsibility to come get it later in the day.


    Data Usage:

    Please monitor how much data your student is using at home. The Chromebooks are not meant for personal use, such as watching videos (that are not embedded into a class on the Hub) or playing games.

    If your student has one of the Samsung Chromebooks, there is a setting that allows them to toggle between using your home WiFi and the Verizon Data. Please only use Verizon Data if you do not have WiFi available at home.

    Do NOT use the Verizon Data as a hotspot for other devices in the home.