Chromebooks for Students
At Wickersley Partnership Trust we are committed to providing the best education possible for our students. This includes access to resources that will support learning and develop skills useful for employment and further education.
Our secondary schools have rolled out a ‘Chromebooks for Students’ scheme. Parents are given the opportunity to purchase a chromebook for their child to help support them in their learning. Since we launched the scheme we are proud to say that over 1000 students across our secondary schools have purchased a Chromebook, and they have become an integral teaching tool.
We must stress, however, that the scheme is voluntary. Special provision is made for those who choose not to join it, to ensure no-one is disadvantaged.
If you are a parent of a child in one of our secondary schools and would like more information about the scheme, please see your school’s website.
Why have we chosen Chromebooks?
As a Trust, we have chosen to introduce Chromebooks because our students have shown they really enjoy working with the Google for Education Suite of products. This includes Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides, as well as Google Classroom. This has brought a new dimension to our students’ learning experience.
Unlike traditional laptops, Chromebooks have the advantage of being able to survive a whole day at school without charging; they are extremely quick to start up and are almost completely resilient to viruses.
Primary School Chromebooks
Over the past two years, we have significantly invested in Chromebooks across our primary schools. We are proud to say that across our 8 primary schools, almost 300 Chromebooks are available to aid the onsite provision of teaching and learning.
How Technology Supports Students' Learning
Independent academic research undertaken in Scotland during 2013 by the University of Hull found that:
The ownership of a personal mobile device facilitates many of the pedagogical aspirations set out in Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence framework.
The adoption of personal mobile technologies significantly increases access to technology for students, which brings many benefits for learning such as greater motivation, engagement, parental involvement, and understanding of complex ideas.