Chromebook for Learning Scheme

Arts and Media School plans to introduce a Chromebook Scheme for students to enhance the teaching and learning experience. We believe that using Chromebooks will empower our students to become well informed, responsible digital citizens and lifelong learners.  Once our students have access to their own devices, we firmly believe the scheme will bring enormous educational benefits.

Costs 

We are able to purchase the Chromebooks at a greatly reduced price. This has allowed us to offer the Chromebook for you to buy at a substantially discounted price of £145. This can be paid in a single one off payment or via monthly instalments. Once purchased, the Chromebook is your property and will continue after your child has left the school. They have a very long life span. 

Payment Plans 

  • Purchase the Chromebook as a one off payment – £145 
  • Repayment Scheme of £45 deposit and 10 x £10 monthly

What’s included?

Repairs 

Chromebooks are built for use in schools and are very robust machines. We are providing an on-site repair service for Chromebooks purchased as part of the AMSI School Chromebook Scheme. This service will continue for the duration your child is at AMSI. If the Chromebook is still under warranty we will arrange repairs/replacement as necessary. Any faults that are not covered by warranty can be repaired inhouse for the cost of parts without invalidating the warranty. 

If the device cannot be fixed on site then we will arrange any repairs or replacements as necessary. Chromebooks are covered by a one year manufacturer warranty and any faults to machines will be fixed free of charge. Any faults not covered by the warranty or outside the warranty period will be arranged by AMSI technicians and families will need to cover the cost of these repairs or replacement. 

Insurance 

AMSI will not offer to insure the devices for loss, damage or theft. You should check the cover terms of your household insurance as this may cover devices in and out of your home. Some packaged bank accounts also come with ‘gadget’ insurance included. 

Safeguarding 

Every Chromebook will be managed and monitored by the school whilst the device is on the school domain.

Why has the school opted for Chromebooks? 

Students need to be prepared for an increasingly digital world. Research has confirmed that good home access to technology has a positive impact on a child’s educational achievements; it often motivates them to do schoolwork by providing more interesting and engaging ways to learn. Student work is often better presented so their self-esteem grows and they can explore subjects that interest them in their own time. 

Chromebooks are extremely easy to use and facilitate both independent study and online collaboration whilst also offering high levels of security and eSafety. Through the use of G Suite for Education we can further improve student engagement, and open the door to learning. The Chromebooks with the management console ensure that all students are able to access all of the same resources and applications, wherever they are in the world and enable teachers to deliver the curriculum in the most exciting, engaging and effective way. 

Chromebook Features 

  • Less than 8 seconds to boot up 
  • Long battery life 
  • Simple technology 
  • Easy student-teacher workflow 
  • Large numbers of computers can be managed centrally 
  • Excellent collaboration tools 
  • Works seamlessly with Google Apps for Education and other cloud based applications which all of our students and teachers already use extensively. 

Chromebooks and G Suite for Education 

  • AMSI already uses G Suite for Education so staff and students are familiar with some of its functions. Students will be able to use: 
  • Gmail – school wide email system 
  • Drive – Store and organise assignments, documents, or class curriculum securely and access them from any device. 
  • Calendar – Share calendars or create a joint calendar with members of your class to easily keep track of schedules and deadlines. 
  • Docs, Sheets and Slides – Collaborate, share feedback, and work together with your students in real time on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Google Classroom – Create assignments, communicate with students, and send feedback all from one place. 
  • Google Meet – Connect with students virtually through secure video calls and messaging to keep learning going outside of school. 
  • Forms – Create Forms, Quizzes, and surveys to collect and analyse responses with the help of machine learning.

Chromebook Frequently Asked Questions

Do Chromebooks work offline?

  • Yes, lots of aspects do. You can use offline-ready apps to keep using a Chromebook when it’s not connected to the Internet. Below are some examples:
  • Read and write emails with Offline Gmail
  • Write a note or make a list with Google Keep
  • Create and edit documents, slides, or spreadsheets with Google Drive apps (Google Docs,
  • Sheets, and Slides)
  • View and RSVP to events with Google Calendar
  • View and edit photos saved with the builtin photo editor
  • Enjoy music or movies with the built-in media player

When you are next connected to the internet any changes will save to the cloud.

What is the lifecycle of a Chromebook?

Chromebooks have an auto update expiry when the device will stop receiving security and
other updates. This is generally after 5 to 7 years. At this point the device is still operational
but without updates the device will become less secure and will eventually become unable to
cope with new web technologies. This is not an issue for AMSI as all devices last for a
minimum of 5 years. It is estimated that students will be able to get around 2 years of use
from Chromebooks beyond their auto update expiry.

Are students expected to bring Chromebooks into school each day? What happens if
they forget them?

There is no expectation for students to bring their chromebooks to school. This will be
something we will look at a later stage.

Is there a chance that students will misuse Chromebooks in lessons?

Students will be taught to be responsible users of technology. While there is some chance
students may go off task using their Chromebooks, skilled teachers ensure students remain
on task during all types of learning activities. This is mitigated by the fact teachers will be
able to see the work produced in lessons through submission via google classroom or
sharing a google doc/sheet/slide. All Chromebooks used on our school domain are monitored
for safeguarding purposes. Any suspicious activity or inappropriate access is flagged up to
our Safeguarding Team. This is then addressed with students and parents.

How are devices monitored and controlled in and out of school?

The Chromebook devices are all registered to the school’s domain and, therefore, use of the
device is managed by the school. When students are in school the use of the Chromebooks
is controlled and monitored through London Grid for Learning’s (LGfL) web filtering. When
students are off site and logged into their Chromebooks the school is still able to monitor
their activity and web filters still apply. AMSI also monitors students’ devices through the use
of eSafe to detect early warning signs of risk to safety. This includes students’ searching for
inappropriate content and online safety.

Can I connect the Chromebook to the internet at my house? Can students complete
work without internet access?

Chromebooks use wireless to connect to a network, so you will need WiFi at home to use
the Chromebook on the Internet. If you have WiFi, your network security key can be added
to the Chromebook before logon. If you don’t have WiFi at home, the Chromebook will still
work for many things (for example editing Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets
all works offline). Free internet access is provided at all public libraries in London.

Can parental control be applied to the Chromebook?

Parents cannot have controls on the Chromebook as they are managed and maintained by
AMSI. However, should a parent want to block a website then they can do so through
making a request to the school by emailing chromebooks@amsi.school
Once a student leaves school will the Chromebook still be maintained by the school?
When a student leaves school, purchased Chromebooks will be released from AMSI’s device
management system. This is done remotely so there is no need to bring the device into
school. Chromebooks loaned to students will be returned to the school.

What happens if the Chromebook is lost or stolen?

If a Chromebook is lost or stolen, it is important that it is reported to AMSI immediately by
emailing chromebooks@amsi.school. AMSI will block the device remotely and render it
completely unusable. However, the payments will still need to be made.

How will the Chromebook be backed up?

The Chromebook is always backed up and our students have unlimited storage space in the
Google Drive.

Are Chromebooks secure?

Yes. Chromebooks are designed with multiple layers of security to keep them safe from
viruses and malware without any additional security software. A full 10% of boot time is
dedicated to re-verifying that the device has not been tampered with, so every time you
power on a Chromebook, your security is checked. Google also adheres to all data policies
including GDPR and does not share data with any third parties.