Herts for Learning has been working with staff, parents and pupils at John F Kennedy Catholic School (JFK) in Hemel Hempstead, to provide Chromebooks for all children starting in September 2018.
With ever increasing pressure on school budgets, JFK approached several companies eighteen months ago to support them in their journey into using Google for Education as a tool for delivering a more engaging curriculum suitable for the 21st century. Herts for Learning successfully won the bid to provide not just new Chromebooks to the school but also move part of their IT systems to a completely cloud-based solution.
After successful trials with staff and students and comprehensive training and support from their Google for Education Certified trainers, Herts for Learning upgraded the school’s wireless network and moved the school’s IT to Google for Education’s G Suite - a completely web-based system. The new system means software and files are accessible on any device. It also provides the highest level of eSafety and security, including internet filtering and email monitoring, whether used at school or at home.
Lewis Richardson, Head of Technology Services at Herts for Learning, said using the new technology is “extending learning experience outside of the classroom with all the security of being in the classroom.”
Chromebooks are devices similar to normal laptops, except that they run the Chrome operating system, and access programs and files from the cloud. This means they are fast to start up, they have a long battery life and they can be managed from a central, online portal. Pupils can log into any Chromebook, using their own G Suite for Education accounts, to access their own work and the suite of tools available to them.
Steve Jump, Assistant Headteacher at John F Kennedy Catholic School, said:
“The aim of using Chromebooks at JFK has always been to ensure students have the opportunity to use IT in all lessons in an engaging and interactive way. Herts for Learning have been an integral part of our plans and have helped us to transform the way our students learn in the classroom.”
All 180 Year 7 students starting at JFK this September will have Chromebooks funded by the students’ parents, with plans to offer the opportunity to other year groups in the near future