A leading independent day school for boys & girls age 3-18

Choir School to Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral

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Chromebooks for Learning Scheme

Parent Information

 Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are delighted to announce that we are launching the ‘Chromebooks for Learning’ scheme for St John’s College pupils. It will be an expectation for every pupil in R12-R14 attending St John’s College to own a Chromebook. We are very excited about the impact this development will have on our pupils’ learning. Our pupils’ daily lives are filled with technology and they are quick to embrace new developments. We want our pupils to feel at ease in this rapidly changing climate.

Chromebooks provide a great vehicle to help our pupils become responsible digital citizens and lifelong learners. Our scheme is an opt-in scheme; provision will be made for those who choose to not join it and no student will be made to feel excluded. However, as a school, we firmly believe in the merits of the scheme and the educational benefits of pupils having their own device and hope that parents will support the initiative.

The educational experience for our pupils should be as varied, dynamic and stimulating as possible and we know through our extensive research that this technology will support this goal. Embracing the combination of school and home learning is crucial to the future success of young people. Technology allows learning to be increasingly engaging and lets the school extend effective learning beyond the classroom. Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education will enable all our pupils to have anytime access to information wherever they are. We need to make full and effective use of technology for learning and, coupled with this, is the need to ensure students learn safely, effectively and productively.

Since June 2013 we have been a registered Google school and Chromebooks have been used across the curriculum since 2014. The feedback from staff, pupils and parents has been extremely positive and we have seen improved engagement from our students when using the Chromebooks.

We have evaluated many different Chromebooks and have put together a package that we believe offers extremely good value for money. I hope that all the information you need about our scheme is within this parent pack and on our school website. You can also contact us anytime via the Chromebooks for Learning Scheme email address chromebooks@stjohnscollegecardiff.com. Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

Yours faithfully,

Francis Taylor, Head of ICT

Why have we chosen Chromebooks?

There are a wide range of tablet and laptop-style devices available. At St John’s College we have used Chromebooks across the curriculum since 2014 and firmly believe that they are best suited to the academic and digital needs of our pupils. We believe using Chromebooks will enable our pupils to become well-informed, responsible digital citizens and lifelong learners.

A balanced combination of school and home learning is crucial to the future success of young people, and technology opens the door to a new and engaging world that extends effective study way beyond the confines of the classroom. Chromebooks and G Suite for Education will give our pupils ready access to information wherever they are, whenever they like. Chromebooks will supplement the existing learning strategies at St John’s College, letting pupils study safely, effectively and productively.

A Chromebook looks like a laptop in appearance but operates in a very different way with pupil accessing services and apps online via their school accounts. The Chromebook operating system is produced by Google who provide a wealth of apps and services which are specifically designed to support pupils in education. All devices are managed centrally by our IT Technician through Google Administrator platform to ensure that access is safe and secure. Internet content is filtered for inappropriate content to ensure pupils can access everything they need for their school work. This filtering and management extends to wherever the device is used, whether in or out of school.

Chromebook Features

  • Less than 8 seconds to boot up
  • Long battery life
  • Simple technology
  • Easy pupil-teacher workflow
  • 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.

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 additional educational tool and not as a replacement for these methods.