At the start of 2019/20 the school moved away from Windows PCs and now use of Chromebooks as a tool for teaching the majority of the IT curriculum.
The school made this decision for the following reasons:
1. Chromebooks are substantially cheaper than most laptops, making them an affordable solution for our school moving forward.
2. Chromebooks are cloud-based, constructed to run exclusively by browser, with no installations on the computer. This design allows zero accessible networks to be attacked. Chromebooks do not require active firewalls, or anti-virus and anti-malware software. Filesystem encryption is not necessary as only users can view files.
3. Chromebooks are lightweight, portable, boot up in seconds, and batteries last approximately 8 hours.
4. Chromebooks allow pupils to work together while completing group projects, reports, slide shows, or video.
The school has also installed Google Chromecast in every classroom which allows every user to cast their work to the front of the class.
In order to facilitate this change, our IT leader (Mr J Tucker) has undertaken development and training to become a Certified Google Trainer. All teaching members of staff are currently undertaking further professional development to become qualified Google Educators.