At TRA we requested 9 Chromebooks to enable our students to engage more fully with G-Suite. In addition to:
How has the technology enhanced learning and teaching within your school/department?
S1, S2 and S3 ICT classes have all begun using Google Classroom and applications. There are courses now in place that have a high degree of coding and during coding activities the mobile nature of the Chromebooks has allowed more flexibility for pupils to trial programmable devices such as the Makeblock mBots.
There has been some uptake in using mobile devices in maths to access graphic calculator applications for Sr Phase and and extension or reward activities in BGE.
Sr Phase assessment also takes place online in Maths and Chromebooks have enabled us to meet individual assessment requirements more efficiently, maximising the opportunity for pupils to succeed.
A good proportion of staff have now engaged with Google and are looking forward to the big roll out. These staff are enthusiastic and are growing more familiar with the devices to be best prepared to support the pupils. Google Classroom is now available in all departments and all departments have begun transferring course materials on to Google Classroom.
Use of Google Apps and Hangouts has identified Bandwith issues for the school in preparation for access to distance learning courses etc. This information has proved valuable and has allowed us to plan contingencies before the rollout of Chromebooks.
Any tips for other schools looking to do a similar project?
If multiple users are accessing a Chromebook they must remove their profile before other users sign in.
Next steps for the project...
Further integration of school systems with G-Suite and roll out of team teaching using Google Classroom. Chrome book access for Engineering Science and Digital Technology will enable pupils to use the Bluetooth feature to control programmable devices.
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