No Internet? No problem.
Concrete School District recognizes that not all families have access to the Internet at home. However, due to the switch to distance learning to close out the school year, access to the Internet is more important than ever. Here are some options that can help you get through this difficult time:
Use the school’s Wi-Fi and work on Google files offline.
Most classes are utilizing Google Classroom to distribute assignments and educational material. Google allows you to work on files offline but requires an internet connection to initially download the assignments and to turn them in once completed.
Students can come to the school to connect their Chromebooks to the Wi-Fi here for free. Once connected, they can download the materials they need and then work on them at home without an internet connection. They can then come back later, connect to the school Wi-Fi again, and submit their work and download new assignments.
Here is some additional info from Google about working on files offline: Google Docs Offline
Use your cellphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot.
If you have a data (internet) plan for your phone, it’s likely you can use the phone as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot. This lets you share your phone’s mobile internet connection to other devices like a Chromebook or laptop. Keep in mind that your usual data rates will apply. Check with your mobile carrier if you have questions or concerns about using your phone as a hotspot.
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There are internet plans available for low-income families.
Qualifying households can apply for low-cost internet. Wave and Ziply Fiber are two options that provide service in our area.