Chromebook Scheme

Embedding technology throughout the school and preparing students for the digital age

At MGGS we believe that technology should be embedded throughout the school and that we should utilise both existing and emerging technologies as a means of preparing our students for the digital age. Learning to use digital resources appropriately and effectively is a very important part of each student’s education. The school recognises the benefits to education of offering students the opportunity to use personal Chromebook devices in school and at home to support and enrich their learning. We believe that Chromebooks will help students take ownership of their education. It will allow them to access materials at the level they want each day. Digital learning enables education to be personalised to a greater extent, so each and every learner at MGGS can achieve their academic potential.

About G Suite for Education and Chromebooks

G Suite for Education was first adopted within Maidstone Grammar School for Girls during 2013. Initially used for the online storage of teaching and learning documents, its use throughout the school has grown exponentially. Google is now the ‘go to’ tool for almost every task, including, e-mail, teaching and learning documents, homework, assessment, marking and feedback. 

The Chromebook is a laptop, but instead of Windows 10, Chromebooks run Google’s own operating system known as ChromeOS. The devices are often much more lightweight than a conventional laptop. For example, the Chromebook in our 1-to-1 scheme weighs 1.35kg (3 pounds), making it perfect as a portable educational device.

Chromebooks were designed with simplicity, security and shareability in mind, meaning students and teachers can create and collaborate easily and safely. The devices, paired with G Suite for Education, will foster teamwork between students and provide a tool for discovery in all areas.  As the devices are Cloud-based, your child can log in with their MGGS email and begin working within seconds of opening their Chromebook, without fear of long bootup or setup times.  

For active minds, we believe learning doesn’t stop when school ends; with a Chromebook device, your child can continue learning whilst at home.

Acer Chromebook

The Chromebook Scheme at MGGS

About the Device

Following trialing of different products, MGGS has settled on Acer Chromebooks as the device we feel best meets the needs of the students, however, specific models will vary from year to year. Generally, the devices boast a 12-hour battery life, depending on use, and is described by Acer as a “high performance and ultra-durable laptop that can meet the daily rigours and intense usage by students inside the classroom or outside”. In addition to this, the devices have undergone testing and have been awarded military-grade durability, ensuring they can take the daily knocks of student life. The keyboard is recessed into the device, preventing picky fingers digging at the keys or dirt from getting under it. A small drainage channel under the keys also allows for up to 330ml of water to be spilt over the keyboard without damage to the important internal components. The chassis is designed to sustain a load of approximately 60 kg and is IP41 rated, meaning it can survive dripping water.