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The focus of the Surface RT program at Thornwilde is to provide tools and resources to the 21st Century Learner.  The use of Surface RTs is a way to empower students to maximize their full potential and to prepare them for college and the workplace. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. To the contrary, it transforms the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning. Effective teaching and learning with Surface RTs integrates technology into the curriculum anytime, anyplace.

Purpose of the Guidelines

1. Rules that must be followed regarding student and staff responsibilities for the Surface RT mobile cart(s).

2. Mobile Surface RT Cart Guidelines to be used in conjunction with the Boone County Acceptable Use Policy


Mobile Surface RT Cart Usage (Watch A Video Overview)

We will have Three mobile carts that will each have Ten Microsoft Surface Tablets.

There will be a Red cart with red ribbon attached to it, a Green cart with green ribbon attached to it, and a Black cart that does not have any ribbon attached to it.

Each Surface RT Tablet will have a designated spot in each cart.  For example, the Surface RT labeled RED 1 with a silver marker will be charged in the slot in the Red cart labeled RED 1. 

The carts can be reserved online at

The Mobile Cart(s) will be checked out to a classroom as a unit for the time period reserved.  The teacher will have the responsibility for pick up and safe return of the mobile cart(s) to the designated secure location in the school building daily.  The carts should be properly plugged in and charged for the next days use.

The classroom teacher is responsible for communicating the mobile Surface RT Cart guidelines to students so that students understand and follow the rules for Surface RT use in the classroom. 


Teacher's Role (Watch A Video Overview)

  1. Since the cart is being shared school wide, the school will provide a sign out system to schedule the cart.
  2. Teachers are responsible for Surface RT Cart: moving the cart, recharging and making sure all Surface RTs are returned to the designated secure location in their cart and in Room 113.
  3. Each classroom teacher should monitor the distribution and collection of the Surface RT tablets in order to ensure safe handling and accountability among the students.
  4. Teachers need to monitor the student use on the Microsoft RT tablet.
  5. Prepare backup lesson plans to use if the school network is down or the Surface RT tablet needs repair.
  6. Teachers will convey proper Tablet Usage to students and establish consequences when proper use is not adhered to.


Student's Role (Watch A Video Overview)

  1. Student Surface RT use will be in accordance with the district acceptable use policy.
  2. Students will not swap Surface RTs with another student as they are accountable for the Surface RT assigned to them.
  3. The Surface RT tablet is for use as a tool for learning and must be handled with care.
  4. Students use of the Surface RT is a privileage, not a right.  The privilage can be revoked.
  5. Student activities that are strictly prohibited are:
    • Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials.
    • Any action that violates existing board policy or public law.
    • Messaging services
    • Internet/Computer games that are not educational
    • Changing of Surface RT tablet settings
    • Downloading Apps
    • Students are not allowed to give out personal information for any reason, over the internet.
    • Vandalism (any malicious attempt to destory hardware, software, or data) of school equipment will not be allowed.
  6. Infractions for improper use of the Surface Tablet will be first handled by the classroom teacher and if necessary referred to the building administrator.

Rules: Using CATS pride

  1. Follow normal school rules - no running, fighting, pushing, shoving, etc. around a Surface RT tablet
  2. No food or drinks near the tablets.
  3. Wash hands before using the tablets.
  4. Set tablet carefully on your desk (Not on paper, books, or other materials.)
  5. No pencils, pens, or other objects should touch the screen.  The Surface screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment.  The screens are very sensisted to damage from excessive pressure on the screen. 
  6. Do not insert things into the opening of the Surface unless it is to charge or insert a flash drive.
  7. Do not change any settings on the tablets and use only the applications/programs provided by your teacher.
  8. When storing the tablets on a cart make sure the Surface number matches the number on the cart's slot and the power adapter is plugged in properly.
  9. Report a Surface RT in need of repair to the STC.
  10. Remember that the Surface tablets are a learning tool, not a toy! Please treat them with respect!

Student First Time Use Video: