The learning environment is more dynamic than ever before, and as a result, today’s learners are very different from those that our educational system was designed for. With the advancement in technology, classrooms are being remodeled and redefined in a number of ways to fit the evolving needs of modern digital learners.
Below we look at reasons why students need technology in the classroom environment and beyond and how it can impact engagement:
Helps connect students to the real world
Prepares students for the workforce
Supports different types of learners
Access information more easily
Teaches students how to be responsible online
Adds a fun-factor to learning
The aim of this project is to provide a One-to-One Chromebook scheme for all students. These devices will be purchased by Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form and lent to the students. The students will use the Chromebooks during most lessons, using the skills and systems they learnt during lockdown. These devices will also go home with the students to keep consistency in their school/home work methods.
The students will be expected to treat their device with care, ensure its fully charged at the start of the school day, and bring it to all lessons.
Our Students’ embraced online learning during the pandemic, and using computers has become an integral part of each student’s life. As a school, our Governors have approved the go ahead for an exciting scheme that will equip all of our students with the tool that they need both in the classroom and at home throughout this academic year for Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.
In January 2022, all of our Year 8 students will receive their own, personal Chromebook (a Google version of a laptop) that they will use both in class and take home everyday to use at home.
We have recently upgraded our school Wi-Fi and network to cope with the extra number of machines that will connect to it. Chromebooks also easily connect to a home Wi-Fi network using your own password.
Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form aspires to provide students with the tools needed to be successful, students will need to respect their device as it should last them throughout their schooling with is. We hope that parents can engage with the scheme in order to support their children throughout their school life.
The cost of the Chromebook is covered by the school and we will ask that parents contribute to a maintenance agreement to ensure that if for any reason the Chromebook needs repair due to malfunction then we have the means to make a speedy repair or replacement.
We will be contacting parents of individual year groups, as we roll out the scheme to every child in our school, throughout the academic year, with more detailed information.
Below are documents that you will need to be aware of as part of our ‘Chromebook For All’ launch: