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Buying a Chromebook

You can purchase any brand of Chromebook from any store or online site. We work closely with two educational vendors that can provide products that we've personally tested, are robust for school use, and can be purchased at a slight discount. We've also partnered with the La Cañada Flintridge Target store to set up Chromebook displays for you to get hands-on experience with the devices so you can try before you buy.    

1. CDW-G<--Click here for the online store

CDW-G is a national technology company and we have two models for you to choose from on this site. Orders here will ship directly to your house.

  • The Acer 11 inch Spin that has 4GB of RAM, 32GB hard drive, touchscreen, stylus, and it flips to tablet mode. This is fully built for the schools with stronger corners, keyboard, and screen ($397)
  • The Dell 11 inch model with 4GB of RAM and 16GB hard drive. This is a great starter Chromebook ($227.76)
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What if you'd like to try out a Chromebook in-person (while supporting a local business and saving some time and fuel)? Our local La Cañada Flintridge Target store always has a selection of Chromebooks in stock, and we've worked with them to set up a display station featuring two HP models (other models may be available, but not on display). 
  • If the price you see for an in-store Chromebook is more than what you see on target.com, the store will match the online advertised price.
  • If your desired model is out of stock, you can purchase in-store and our local LCF Target will ship the Chromebook to your home for free.
  • LCF Target will match Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy prices for products sold through their respective sites (not 3rd-party vendors that sell through those sites). 
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We highly recommend purchasing an insurance policy on your new Chromebook (and you can also purchase insurance on an older device, too!) The cost is reasonable and covers all types of damage, both accidental and mechanical. Read more here: https://www.cpscentral.com/k12/4656/
 
3. You may choose to shop elsewhere, but please follow these recommendations on basic specifications:
 
  • 4GB or 8GB of RAM (You'll see many with 2GB, we HIGHLY recommend 4GB. Our team has tested both and the 2gb models can become sluggish with multiple tabs open. 8GB is newer to the market and also an option). 
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB hard drive (Your choice here, again not at critical as the RAM. 16 is really enough)
  • 11", 13", or 14" screen (This is a preference, but all of the district Chromebooks are 11". Check the weight on the ones you are considering. The district Chromebooks are under or near 3 pounds. 11" devices are perfect for younger students with smaller hands.)
Requesting an equity device:
If you will experience a financial hardship or choose not to participate, please complete this equity device request form to help us gauge need. Once this loan form is completed and returned to the District Office, we can arrange delivery/pick-up. Your student will be provided a device during orientation for 7th and 8th grade, or on the first day of school for 5th and 6th. 
 
In order for this program to be financially feasible, we need to hit a 75% participation rate. In our first year, 88% of families in 5th and 7th grade sent a Chromebook to school with their students. In the second year of the program, 91% of families participated. We will evaluate each year to make sure the program is successful. 
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Next Steps:
Once you have the device, you will need to enroll it in the LCUSD Google Apps for Education Device Management system. We've created a few videos to help you with this process:
 
 
Enroll Your Chromebook.
 
 
1. Turn on the Chrome device and follow the onscreen instructions until you see the sign on screen. Don't sign in yet.
2. Before signing in to the Chrome device, press Ctrl+Alt+E to go to the enrollment screen.
3. Enter your mylcusd.net email address and password.
4. Click Enroll device. You'll receive a confirmation message that the device has been successfully enrolled.
 
If you have logged into your Chromebook with any account prior to enrolling it, you will need to wipe the device before you can enroll it. Follow the steps below. 
 
Wipe Your Chromebook
 
 
1. Press Esc + Refresh + Power. A yellow exclamation point (!) is displayed.
2. Press Ctrl + D to begin dev mode, then Enter. A red exclamation point is displayed.
3. Press Ctrl + D. The Chromebook deletes its local data, returning to its initial state. This takes approximately from 5-15 minutes.
4. When the transition completes, press the spacebar, then press Enter to return to verified mode.
5. Enroll the Chromebook before signing in to it.