Success Story: Students and educators use Google for Education to collaborate anytime, anywhere

A Catholic School chose Chromebook and G Suite to transform learning experience in and out of the classroom.

Located in Victoria, this Catholic School provides a comprehensive, challenging, and enriching secondary education for nearly 2,000 students. Few years ago, the school had 600 Windows laptops at the end of their lifecycle. Replacing them would have cost approximately AU$1 million, which the school did not want to charge to parents. Likely alternatives included BYOD solutions, virtual desktops, tablets, and school-owned laptops.

What they wanted to do

Replace 600 Windows laptops

Provide parents an affordable alternative

Increase student engagement through technology

Enhance staff efficiency

What they did

Transitioned to Chromebooks and G Suite for Education, which teachers and students use to collaborate and share materials

What they achieved

1:1 computing solution for students

Increased class participation

Greater collaboration between teachers and classes

Challenge

The school wanted to equip students with a device that was quick and efficient. It had to be lightweight, so they could easily take it to and from school. The technology could not get in the way of teaching, however, and had to be within the budget.

Solution

After considering many options, the school chose Chromebooks with G Suite for Education. The school rolled out over 1,000 Chromebooks to the senior school.

Benefits

The new Chromebooks increase students’ learning time with their teachers. The devices take less than 10 seconds to be fully operational and can be shut down and restarted throughout the day.

Students can tuck the devices into school bags to take home for continual access to lessons, teachers, and classmates. They can even work offline while on the bus, then upload their work to Google Drive later at home.

With an 8-hour battery life, the devices last all day at school, especially if turned off when not in use. If a Chromebook is accidentally left at home, a student can use one of the school’s 30 loaner machines, log into G Suite, and have all of their documents and folders right at their fingertips.

G Suite for Education provides unlimited storage on Google Drive, Gmail accounts, and access to numerous other educational apps. In addition, G Suite is platform agnostic—work that students create on the Chromebooks can be opened and graded on any browser that the staff still use.

The school financed the Chromebooks program with a modest fee increase, so parents did not need to buy expensive computers for home use. In the future, parents may also save money with a reduction in the costs of textbooks and printed materials.

Results

Many students became more interested and engaged in the various subjects resulting in improved learning outcomes due to the deployment of Chromebooks. They were able to work collaboratively in a cross-curriculum setting. Students can rapidly share a file within the group, then work on the same file at the same time. It also allows students of all abilities to contribute to the creative process during the collaboration.

•  IT students produced podcasts that incorporated poems written in English classes.

•  Geography students collaborated via their Chromebooks to create a marketing program that promoted living and working in isolated regions.

•  An English teacher used Chromebooks and G Suite for Education to launch a cooperative composition project. Receiving just a two-sentence prompt, students took turns writing a progressive story.

The Chromebooks have assisted learning in a new and exciting way and the school is totally pleased with the results. They now plan to expand the program further to the junior school.

 

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