Over the 2021-2022 school year and moving forward teacher desktops will be moving to a new workstation model.

For the past 10 years teachers have used a traditional Windows PC/desktop of a desk with a hardwired desktop, some connected to a projector/smartboard. Over time some rooms have evolved to a dedicated Smartboard desktop separate from / in addition to their teacher station.

Continuing this progression we are now moving to a new model – a dedicated teacher Chromebook with a docking station. Over the course of the 2021-2022 school year and into the 2022-2023 school year we will be migrating rooms until all teacher stations are in this new model.

What does this model look like?

Your teacher station (desk) will have a new widescreen (24″) monitor.

There will be a single USB-C wire from this monitor that you plug your Chromebook into when you want to use it like a traditional desktop. This is docking the Chromebook.

When docked:

  • The Monitor will act as a second monitor to your Chromebook, you can use both, mirror them, or even shut the Chromebook so you’re looking at a single screen, just like the traditional desktop you have used in the past
  • The Chromebook will charge
  • You will have a wired mouse and keyboard just like a traditional desktop
  • If you have a USB printer, it will be connected
  • If you have any other USB device – a webcam, headset, speakers, etc. they will also be connected
  • You can use the webcam on the Chromebook still for use with meetings (Google Meet, Zoom, etc.)
  • Sound will come out of the speakers if you have dedicated ones on your desk

How can I switch between mirroring (the same screen shows up on the monitor and Chromebook when docked) and extending (each screen is independant and you can use both side by side)?

We have a tutorial step-by-step on how to do this here:

Can I bring the Chromebook home with me?

Yes, teachers will this setup can freely bring the Chromebook home, to other rooms, etc. for school use.

Please note that these are the property of the school district and should not be used for any use outside of educational use with Hopedale Public Schools, they are not a personal device. If a device is lost or stolen while outside of the district you may be held responsible for the cost of the full replacement.

What if I have a Smartboard or projector currently connected to my desktop?

A few classrooms still have the model of a projector / smartboard being connected to their desktop. While we phase this out (you will be receiving a standalone smartboard with a dedicated device to control it over the 22-23, 23-24 or 24-25 school year) your desktop will be moved to be dedicated for your projector / smartboard along with a wireless keyboard and mouse.