Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular as they offer a wide range of educational tools adapted to meet the needs of both pupils and teachers, such as the ability to collaborate in a secure environment. Here are three key benefits to using a Chromebook;
1) Collaboration with G Suite for Education
Chromebooks enable instant access to Google’s suite of educational apps and tools hosted online. This includes a classroom version of Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, as well as Google Classroom.
Apps are accessible from any Chromebook device opening up a huge opportunity for collaboration and teamwork between teachers and pupils. Tools such as Google Docs can be accessed by multiple users simultaneously, allowing pupils to work together on projects that have the added benefit of saving automatically as they progress.
2) Budget Friendly and Durable
Google have partnered with multiple brands such as Asus, Lenovo, Acer, HP and Dell, resulting in a wide range of products and prices to meet different budgets.
Chromebooks are highly durable and can survive a fair amount of wear and tear, making them ideally suited for environments where they will be handled by multiple students.
3) Greater Control for Administrators, Teachers and IT Staff
With a Chrome Education Licence, it is possible for administrators, teachers and IT support teams to manage hundreds of student devices from one central interface.
Chromebooks are built with multiple security features which are automatically updated regularly giving schools the option to apply various controls and restrictions to ensure their pupils are safeguarded from harmful content.
At Primary Technology, we have the experience and expertise in setting up Chromebook networks. We will work with you to integrate your Chromebook devices within your school, set-up your Chrome Education Licence and ensure your devices managed effectively and securely.
Summer 2013 has been glorious for the weather, but Primary T didn’t had chance to enjoy it, we have not stopped working hard! We have done 10 new server installs, 9 of which were admin servers. As part of this we have taken 5 schools into being single domains and we have had additional work at another school, purely to move to a single domain. It’s great to have 6 more schools working on just one domain for both admin and curric, it makes it a lot easier for managing and planning day to day school life. It’s also worth noting that despite ourselves undertaking SIMS server migrations in schools where we are not the SIMS support provider, the respective local LA teams were very helpful in providing required files for backups, monitoring and remote access – it was fantastic to have their co-operation. If you would like to know more about single domains then you can find more out, this article also goes deeper into the reasons some schools are moving to a single server: http://primaryt.co.uk/primary-schools-single-or-dual-server-environment/
The BLN migration has continued and we have been supporting Virgin Media in the roll out of their Layer 3 kit into our schools. Getting more schools off the old star network and onto the IPVPN. If you are due to have this work undertaken in your school and it’s not occurred yet, then please contact ourselves and we can talk to the BLN about scheduling a date as soon as possible.
We have had 4 schools totally reimaged and 2 schools have had new physical network infrastructures due to massive changes in the fabric of their buildings. Our Installations team have been hard at work fitting: LCD touchscreens, door access systems, public announcement facilities, fibre cables, wireless networks, full ICT suites and interactive teaching walls! Wow, what a repertoire!
This week we have be really privileged to have Emma Rothery start with us as a Web Designer. She has come to us with a background of 4 years in freelance design. Her responsibilities will include supporting Primary Blogger, design and development of new sites, support of existing customers websites and keeping a close eye on Primary T’s web servers. If you get to speak to her please say ‘Hi’, she is really lovely!
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