As we welcome your child to The Hart School, we are delighted to offer you a fantastic opportunity to be part of the school’s One to One device scheme. Your child will be able to take advantage of a unique package which we have put together, to have a Google Chromebook to use both in school and at home. We would like to explain the educational reasons behind the Chromebook and how your child will be using them in lessons to begin with and in the future.
The portal for September 2017 closed on Friday 8th September. The order has now been placed with the manufacturer and the Chromebooks will be shipping to the UK week commencing Monday 11th September. Once the Chromebooks arrive in the UK they will undergo final preparation and packaging before being sent into the school, at which point we will be able to confirm a proposed distribution date.
Here are some questions that you might ask:-
• How will the device be used in the classroom?
As a tool to support and enhance learning and promote creativity such as accessing Google and Office 365 documents, recording visual elements of learning such as role play or experiments. We seek to equip all our students with the necessary skills and modes of thinking so that they will succeed in a constantly changing society, where high levels of skill in the use of new technologies is the currency for employment.
• Will the device be used in all lessons?
Not always. There will be times when it is not suitable, such as when students will complete practice exam question or, simply, when the learning is fit for purpose. There will also be the opportunity for students to decide which is the best learning tool for the job. For example, students may decide to simply take notes on paper rather than using their device. We are keen to develop independent learning skills and support students in finding their preferred learning and revision techniques.
• Will students still use pen and paper?
Students will be expected to write in some lessons therefore students will be writing notes on paper and practising their handwriting as they will face formal written exams in Y11. Students will be expected to bring black pens to school as they do currently.
• What technical support and training will be provided?
Students are actively using Google Apps as part of their normal IT lessons and so are prepared for using these apps on their device. With the increased use of Google Classroom they are increasing their knowledge of the available tools all the time.
• Can my child print from their device?
Yes. Students will be able to print to certain printers across the school site, located in classrooms and communal spaces. They will have a certain number of prints available to them; once this allocation is used up, they can request more prints from the ICT Technicians. Students can also print at home, providing you have a ‘Google Cloud Print’ enabled printer.
• Where will my child store their device during PE?
Students will leave their bags in the changing rooms as is current practice and rooms will be locked.