Arts and Media School has introduced Chromebooks for students to enhance their 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.
Chromebooks have been currently loaned to all for KS3 and Year 10. With the majority of our students using chromebooks in lessons and at home, the impact of this has been hugely positive and resulted in a shift in how we teach and support our students. The Chromebooks remain the property of the school.
Every Chromebook will be managed and monitored by the school whilst the device is on the school domain.
Chromebooks are built for use in schools and are very robust machines. We are providing an on-site repair service for Chromebooks 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.
We would also strongly urge you to consider purchasing Accidental Damage and Theft Insurance: eDDe are offering Accidental Damage and Theft Insurance for £26.20 per year, This can be purchased from the link provided below. The device must be protected by a case or bag and this protective cover must be one of their approved products.
Insurance link – https://amsi.parentportal.biz Code: AMSI-4
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.
- 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.
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?
Students must ensure they bring their Chromebooks into school everyday as part of their REP. Students who do not bring their devices in will be sanctioned accordingly.
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 and the school Safeguarding software. 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 Smoothwall 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Once a student leaves school will the Chromebook still be maintained by the 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 email@example.com. 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.