Chromebooks for Learning Scheme

We are delighted to announce the launch of a Chromebooks for Learning Scheme at Tadcaster Grammar School, an exciting project destined to take our students’ learning experience to a new level.

We are hoping that Parents of students who will be joining the school in Year 7 in September will engage in this forward looking initiative.

Our students’ daily lives are filled with technology and they are quick to embrace new developments. We want them to feel at ease in this rapidly changing climate.

We believe using Chromebooks will enable our students to become well-informed, responsible digital citizens and lifelong learners.

Once our students have access to their own devices, we firmly believe the new scheme will bring enormous educational benefits, and hope parents will get behind this ground-breaking initiative.

We must stress, however, that the scheme is voluntary. Students who do not take part in the scheme, and therefore do not have their own device will be able to borrow a chromebook when required, but will need to collect and return it to our ICT support team before and after use.

Ideally, our preference would have been to purchase Chromebooks for all students from school funds. Sadly, due to increasing financial pressures, this is simply not possible.

Portal Now Open

Visit our online ordering portal: www.tech4learners.co.uk
Username: Tad2018
Password: Welcome01
Key dates:
Portal opens – 08.06.18
Portal closes – 11.07.18
First direct debit – 25.07.18
Delivery – 04.09.18

Why has the School opted for Chromebooks?

Students need to be prepared for an increasingly digital world. Research has confirmed that good home access to technology has a positive impact on a child’s educational achievements; it often motivates them to do school work by providing move interesting and engaging ways to learn. The use of chromebooks will not replace, but supplement our existing learning strategies. Importantly chromebooks give students seamless access to Google Apps for Education, (G-Suite) which are being used increasingly across the school to enhance the learning experience

Some of this Chromebook’s Features

  • A multipurpose device with spill resistant Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Splash proof design to protect against accidents
  • Booting within 8 secs allowing learning to start straight away
  • Easy-to-use touch screen
  • 90cm drop tested to help prevent against accidents
  • Rugged and foldable design
  • Lockable keyboard prevents against mistyping
  • Long battery life
  • Large numbers of computers can be managed centrally
  • Excellent collaboration tools
  • Works seamlessly with Google Apps for Education and other cloud-based applications which all of our students and teachers already use extensively

The following are just a few examples of what students will do:

  • Create, share and collaborate using GSuite
  • Use subject related apps in the classroom and at home
  • Collaborative learning

Traditional methods of learning and teaching still have an important place in education and will continue in our school. Chromebooks should be seen as an educational tool, not as a replacement for these methods.

There are obvious concerns about young people spending too much time in front of a screen, whether it be a smart phone, tablet or computer. We are not proposing that our students’ lessons will become entirely ICT based however, and use of the chromebooks will be an additional opportunity, rather than a replacement for the excellent teaching strategies already evident here at school. We know too that many parents have sound arguments for restricting access to social media sites, computer gaming and excessive internet browsing, but if educational ICT access is sacrificed in order to cut down ‘screen time’, then we are not setting the boundaries in the right place.

Over the last two years all our teaching staff have received training in the use of the Google education environment, and we have carried out a number of successful trials using the devices themselves. More recently, we have identified three members of staff as ‘Google Leaders’, who are working towards official ‘Google Educator’ certification. They will be working across the curriculum to ensure effective use of G-Suite and the Chromebooks, by providing further training and guidance to both staff and students.

 

Useful Information

Letters to parents

 Year 7 – Chromebook for Learning Scheme and Booklet

 Tadcaster Chromebook Booklet

How to order

Visit our online ordering portal: www.tech4learners.co.uk
Username: Tad2018
Password: Welcome01
Key dates:
Portal opens – 08.06.18
Portal closes – 11.07.18
First direct debit – 25.07.18
Delivery – 04.09.18

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