Chromebooks for Learning

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

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. All students at Witton Park Academy will have access to a Chromebook – either their own, or one from the school’s pool for use in lesson time only.

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

We must stress, however, that the scheme is voluntary. Provision will be made for those who choose not to join it, to ensure no-one is disadvantaged.

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.

We plan to introduce the scheme in four stages over the next 12 months:

• New Year 10 – November 2016
New Years 8 & 9 – end October 2016
New Year 7 (those joining us in September 2016) – Beginning October 2016

In the 21st century it is important for students’ educational experience to be as varied, dynamic and stimulating as possible. Our extensive research has convinced us this technology will support our aims, which is why we are so keen to press ahead with the scheme.

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 Google Apps for Education will give our students ready access to information wherever they are, whenever they like.

Chromebooks will supplement the existing learning strategies at Witton Park Academy, letting students study safely, effectively and productively. Trials of the devices were highly successful, and we saw a significant increase in student engagement.

All the information you need about our scheme is here on our website and in the Parent Handbook below:

Chromebooks for Learning: Parent Handbook

You can also email us via the Chromebooks for Learning Scheme at chromebooks@wittonpark.org.uk.

 

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.  Students work is often better presented so their self-esteem grows and they can explore subjects that interest them in their own time.

 

Chromebook Features

 

• Less than 8 seconds to boot up
• Long battery life
• Simple technology
• Easy student-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

The following are just a few examples of what students will do at Witton Park Academy:

• Create, share and collaborate using Google Apps for Educations (GafE)
• 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.  We will train our teachers and teach our students to use these devices productively and appropriately.

 

 

 

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