123ICT have supported St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Bicester for many years. Recently their windows server which was attached to a very old class set of laptops suddenly died. Instead of replacing both server and laptops it was decided to help the school to move to a server-less cloud based environment using Google for Education and Chromebooks.
Our 123ICT Consultant worked closely with the school’s senior leadership to plan a rapid transition as it was going to have a large impact on teaching and learning across the school. Working with 123ICT the school has saved literally £1000’s compared to replacing the traditional server-based route they had before.
St Marys have thirty Chromebooks so far. They are used by both students & staff at the school and all of the schools computer files are now stored in Google Drive. The staff have setup various shared Team Drives to share certain data between individuals and groups of users. The staff love how they can now access their files from literally anywhere, and also how easy it is to use Google Drive File stream on non-Chromebooks.
After initial training by specialists at 123ICT the school is now using Google Classroom to assign work to students. This has helped increase the productivity of the pupils and the collaboration between teacher and pupils. Pupils are more engaged than they were before because the Chromebooks ‘just work’, they are quick to startup, login & use.
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123ICT are celebrating our first year of Success Stories as Google for Education Partners…
The following twenty-three schools started using Chromebooks to embrace Google for Education and G Suite through the support of 123ICT during 2018:
All Saints, Didcot
Bladon Primary school
Charlton-on-Otmoor Church of England Primary School
Combe Primary School
Cumnor CE Primary
Eynsham Primary School
Grandpont Nursery School & Children’s Centre
Hardwick Primary School, Banbury
Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School
Kings Meadow School
Mabel Prichard School
Oakhurst Primary School
Rush Common Primary School
St Barnabas Primary
St Blaise CofE Primary School
St Johns Banbury
St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Cassington
Stonesfield Primary School
Sunningwell Primary School
Tackley CE Primary School
You can learn more about some of their journeys on our Case Study page.
Successfully received events
123Cloud Solutions has completed a round of well-attended and successful Google for Education events in Swindon and Oxfordshire over the past few weeks.
We had a total of twenty-nine staff from sixteen schools take part in our hands-on workshops from around Swindon and Oxfordshire.
In the sessions we demonstrated the value and flexibility of Cloud file storage and demonstrated the power of Google Classroom as a ‘glue’ for classroom work. We demonstrated that teachers can easily share files, videos and web links and also can hand out work individually or collaboratively BUT also keep ultimate access to that work in an easy to manage way.
All of the staff who attended spent time using one of two models of Chromebook loaned to us by Asus.
We are planning future events in Banbury for the Spring of 2019 (more news to come shortly) and we are also looking towards visiting Aylesbury or nearby for a future workshop event too.
123Cloud Solutions will also be present as part of 123ICT’s stand at the Headteacher’s conferences for Oxfordshire and Bucks headteachers.
If you would like to learn more about Google for Education, or book one of our team to demonstrate Chromebooks and Google for Education in your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder of our first Google event of this half term:
Monday 19 November 2018
Oakhurst Community School, Pioneer Rd, Swindon SN25 2HY
Booking form and more details: https://123cloudsolutions.co.uk/events/
Google for Education have recently produced the following information leaflet which you may want to share with your school community:
What you’ve always wanted to know about Chromebooks in your child’s classroom