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Technology Operational Plan

Distribution of Computer Devices and Hotspots

Granger ISD will distribute Chromebooks for students who do NOT have a device(s) at home to access the internet for remote classes. Please check back for scheduling pending approval.

We are currently in the process of acquiring a limited number of Kajeet wifi hotspots with Verizon network access for those households with no current service. When these arrive, we will start scheduling distribution. (One per household.)


 

Chromebook Distribution Schedule

 

Grades 5th and 6th grade only at this time. All other grades will be scheduled later. Please stay in your cars. We will execute this like the lunch line and come out to you. If you are unable to make it at the scheduled time, please contact adolan@granger.txed.net to arrange another time.

 

Chromebook Distribution Schedule
   
Time Monday 3/23 5th and 6th grade only
9:00-10:00 AM Last names
A-E
10:00-11:00 AM Last names
F-J
11:00-12:00 Last names
K-O
12:00-1:00 PM Last names
P-T
2:00-3:00 PM Last names
U-Z

Services Offering Free or Discounted Wifi

  • FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.
  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time
  • Charter/Spectrum COVID-19 response: Free Internet offer for 2 months
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families 
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow)

How to set up a mobile hotspot on Android

  1. Open the Settings app;
  2. Select the Network & internet option;
  3. Select Hotspot & tethering;
  4. Tap on Wi-Fi hotspot;
  5. This page has options for turning the hotspot feature on and off. ...
  6. Follow instructions to customize the hotspot feature to your liking.

Pre iOS 13

  1. Open the Settings app, then tap on Mobile Data/Cellular Data. (In iOS 10 or later. In some older versions of iOS you just select Mobile/Cellular.)
  2. Tap Personal Hotspot, and set Personal Hotspot to On. (Tap the slider so it turns green.)
  3. If Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth are off, iOS will ask if you want to turn them back on. We'd recommend doing so - without them, the hotspot will be limited to USB. (Which is more secure.)
  4. Tap 'Wi-Fi Password' and enter a suitable password. (This isn't related to your Apple ID or usual Wi-Fi connection.)
  5. Now check the name of the hotspot listed under To Connect Using Wi-Fi

In iOS 13

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap on Personal Hotspot (below Mobile Data/Cellular Data). This will automatically turn on your Hotspot in iOS 13.  
  3. New options in iOS 13 include the new option to 'Share Personal Hotspot with members of Family Sharing' and 'Allow Others to Join'. If you want to create a Hotspot you will need to Allow Others To Join - even if you aren't planning to let others join. Your Hotspot will automatically become 'discoverable' but others will need to enter a password in order to join your Hotspot.