The Journey into G Suite

Many schools are faced with the situation where most of their pupil devices are becoming obsolete all at once. Schools purchased new servers and installed new laptops to run from these servers five or more years ago now. Most of these laptops suffer from failing batteries and missing keys and the servers are becoming less reliable and running server software which is heading towards end of life with updates ceasing in the next 1-2 years.
Luckily, however, school’s services such as Broadband has grown in reliability and available speed meaning that for the first time a cloud solution is looking like a realistic possibility.

One of our local schools is in a similar position to this. They have refreshed their laptops recently but their server has become an issue, and they’ve taken the decision to retire the server and move their file storage to the cloud. Being a small school (four classes including Reception) they have decided to all embrace cloud computing together.

With the support of 123ICT the school have purchased a new domain (£12 for the year) for their G Suite subscription and 123ICT has created their subscription and helped the school manage it overseeing the provision of users accounts and the set up of the G Suite domain to offer the correct services and apps to the correct users. 123ICT has also been able to help advise the school as to how to obtain parental permission by sharing privacy and data information from Google.

As the school has relatively new Windows laptops we have installed the Chrome browser so that staff and pupils can get easy access to G Suite for Education and Google Classroom as a learning tool.

123ICT has provided some initial training to pupils, helping two classes get onto G Suite for Education using their Chrome profile and to get started using Google Classroom. 123ICT has also provided some initial teacher training, which the school plans to develop and augment in the coming school year.

So impressed with Google Classroom were the teachers that they have made a commitment to complete their Google Certified Educator Level 1 course together during the course of the 2018-19 school year as their professional development target, all supported by 123ICT.

Their journey is only just beginning, and the ageing collection of tablets might find they are replaced with shiny new Chromebook devices as the school is carefully considering their next steps!

Google for Education Events

We at 123ICT have just delivered two very successful Google for Education events offering schools the opportunity to discover more about how G Suite can transform education, learning from the experiences of some of our local schools. We would like to thank Beth and Beth from Stonesfield Primary School and Rush Common School for sharing their experiences and journey with our event delegates.

Each event featured a hands-on introduction to Google G Suite, Chromebooks and VR, demonstrating how these technologies can be incorporated into lessons to enhance the learning experience.

Teachers were taken step-by-step through an introduction to Google Classroom, taking part in a demonstration lesson as a pupil. We looked at lesson planning, deployment and assessment processes that save classroom and preparation time.

 

 

Alongside the educational benefits we also looked at the economic benefits of Cloud technology and how the use of G Suite, Classroom and Chromebooks can save schools significant amounts of money too.

Keep your eyes on 123Cloud Solutions to find out when we’re running our next event!