Work is going Google.
Back to school with Chromebooks for Education
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Posted by Adam Naor, Chromebooks for Education Business Operations
As summer vacation ends and students prepare for the year ahead, we want to share stories from the first three schools to hit the ground running with
Chromebooks for Education
. Chromebooks decrease wait times in the classroom with a super-fast bootup, protect against viruses with enhanced security, and regular updates from Google mean that Chromebooks actually
get better over time
, saving thousands of dollars on maintenance and software upgrades. We asked these three schools to share their stories about how they plan to use Chromebooks this year to make the collaborative classroom a reality.
Chromebooks in the classroom
Contributed by Peter Iles, principal, 7th & 8th grade teacher, and tech lead, Grace Lutheran School, Oshkosh, Wis.
As a small private school in central Wisconsin, Grace Lutheran has not always had the funds to provide students with access to modern technology. Our computer lab was at least seven years old but our budgets were limited, so we had a severe need for low-cost, updated technology. To be honest, we were failing our students in being capable and current with technology and trends.
This summer, we considered three options: a complete PC refresh, Windows loaner laptops, or a set of Chromebooks. The first two choices would cost tens of thousands up front not including additional license fees and time I don’t have to maintain a Windows server environment. Chromebooks were the obvious economical choice, but they also made the most sense from an instructional perspective since we use Google Apps for Education, which is well integrated with Chromebooks. In my English class, students do peer reviews in real-time in Google Docs and with Google Maps and Earth we can do real-world math problems, which is far more tangible than working out of a text book.
In all, 17 Chromebooks will be shared in a classroom throughout the day among 5th through 8th grade students. I’m also
the Chromebook web-based management console, which allows me to whitelist certain extensions and pre-install education applications on each student's machine. The web changes the way students interact. And really, we have to change the way we teach. Chromebooks open up the whole world of knowledge - and that is one of the best gifts any teacher can give a student.
Chromebooks as a 1:1 device for sixth graders
Contributed by Tina Heizman, Director of Information Technology, Merton Community School District, Merton, Wis.
I really believe in the power of technology to enhance learning. When our 110 sixth graders return to school in September, they will each receive their own Chromebook to keep and use until they graduate from eighth grade. They will be able to take them home and use the 3G capabilities if needed. With the implementation of the Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education, our goal is to increase critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity among students.
When we learned that the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction was
finalizing their statewide agreement
for Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks seemed like a perfect addition. Giving students Chromebooks will keep them productive and allow my department to focus on helping students and staff, instead of dealing with hardware issues. Three years ago we gave each student in 5th through 8th grades a netbook, but login times have slowed significantly and hardware fails. Students become impatient and prefer to use their cell phones, which we’d like them to avoid for network security reasons. With the Chromebooks’ 8-second boot-up time and an 8-hour battery students can access the information they need, when they need it, and work a whole school day on a single charge.
I used to spend my summer imaging new computers, but using the web-based management console to deploy web apps across all 110 Chromebooks took me less than one hour. My vision is to have the devices be part of the natural classroom environment, available when needed, so learning can be the focus. Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education can do that for us.
Chromebooks on PC carts and in the library
Contributed by Ced Paine, Director of Technology, The Fessenden School, West Newton, Mass.
Fessenden is an independent K-9 school with hundreds of students. My five-member IT team has their hands full with six laptop carts, a computer-stocked library and two busy computer labs. When Chromebooks were announced, I thought “this is perfect, this is what we need.” Keeping desktop software up to date is a bear. Fessenden can now be considered cutting edge and technology-forward.
This year Fessenden will add two carts full of Chromebooks that teachers can reserve using Google Calendar for their lessons. As for the students, they are learning to create and collaborate in new, exciting ways. Chromebooks and the web are what I consider the holy grail of educational tools. Kids don’t think of it as using technology; Google Docs is just a blank screen to start creating. Add in the ability to chat with a peer or their teacher while doing their homework presentation in a different town and the results are just amazing to watch unfold.
In addition to the Chromebook carts, students can borrow a Chromebook from the school library. Eventually, we would like all students in 5th through 9th grades to have their own Chromebook. I’m blown away by the creative ways students and teachers use web technology. There’s one project where throughout the year each group rewrites one chapter of a book using Google Docs. At the end, the entire class has re-written the book in their own words. The web allows the students to be the teachers.
How could you use Chromebooks in your school? Learn more about Chromebooks for Education on
register to join
our webinar on Tuesday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m. PDT.
Android for Work
Android for Work Live
Armed Forces Day
Chomebox for Meetings
Chrome for Business
Chrome for Work
Chromebooks for Business
Chromebooks for Education
Chromebooks for Work
Chromebox for digital signage
Chromebox for meetings
Chromebox for signage
cloud computing gonegoogle
cloud computing gonegoogle Google Apps
cloud computing gonegoogle Google Apps google docs small business success story
cloud computing gonegoogle Google Apps google docs small business success story switch
Cloud Platform Live
data processing amendment
Digital Learning Day
Drive for Education
earth and maps
Education on Air
Global Partner Summit
Google App Engine
Google Apps Blog
Google Apps for Business
Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Government
Google Apps for Work
Google Apps Marketplace
Google Apps Reseller
Google Apps Script
Google Apps Vault
Google Calendar app
Google Certified Teachers
Google Cloud Datastore
Google Cloud DNS
Google Cloud Platform
google cloud storage
google commerce search
Google Compute Engine
Google Drive for Work
Google Earth Engine
Google Earth Enterprise
Google Earth Images
Google Earth Pro
Google Email Security and Archiving
Google Enterprise Search
Google for Education
Google for Education Partner Program
Google for Education Training Center
Google for Entrepreneurs
Google for Work
Google for Work and Google for Education Partner Program
Google for Work partner program
Google Maps API
Google Maps APIs
Google Maps Coordinate
Google Maps Engine
Google Maps Engine Pro
Google Maps Engine public data program
Google Maps for Business
Google Maps for Work
Google Maps Gallery
Google Maps Tracks API
Google Message Continuity
google message security
Google My Maps
Google My Maps Pro
Google Places API
google play for education
Google Prediction API
Google Research tool
Google Science Fair
Google Search Appliance
Google Security Key
Google Site Search
Google Smart Lock
Google Storage for Developers
GSA for Commerce
Hangout on Air
Hangouts on Air
hints and tips
Inbox by Gmail
Mapping a better world
model contract clauses
Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition
Safer Internet Day
Small Business Week
spam and security trends
Transport and Logistics
University of Calgary
Veteran Owned Businesses
Veterans Day 2013
Veterans Day 2014
women in tech
Women's History Month
Using Gmail, Calendar and Docs without an internet...
Viocorp broadcasts clear signal for growth with Go...
Join Google this week at Dreamforce
Powerful administration tools give you control of ...
Lamar Advertising moves to Google Apps for better ...
Top ten reasons why customers trust Google Apps wi...
Back to school with Chromebooks for Education
Demystifying the Cloud
A look back as we move ahead: Google Apps manageme...
Live webinar: Rockingham County empowers employees...
More power to Google Apps administrators
North Carolina A&T State University goes Google
Better control in Google Sites with page-level per...
The City of Calgary does more with less for citize...
Google Apps is big in Japan
The computer that keeps getting better...
Cox Schepp builds in more productivity with Google...
Journal Communications builds a new business model...
Security First: Google Apps and Google App Engine ...
New in Gmail Labs: Preview Pane
Subscribe by email
Google Cloud Platform
Official Google Blog
Public Policy Blog
Lat Long Blog
Ads Developer Blog
Android Developers Blog