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We are delighted to announce the launch of a Chromebooks for Learning Scheme at Tring School, an exciting project destined to take our students’ learning experience to a new level.

Our students’ daily lives are filled with technology and they are quick to embrace new developments. We want them to feel at ease in this rapidly changing climate.

We believe using Chromebooks will enable our pupils to become well-informed, responsible digital citizens and lifelong learners. All students at Tring School will have access to a Chromebook – either their own, or one from the school’s pool for use in lesson time only.

Once our students have access to their own devices, we firmly believe the new scheme will bring enormous educational benefits, and hope parents will get behind this ground-breaking initiative.

We must stress, however, that the scheme is voluntary. Special provision will be made for those who choose not to join it, to ensure no-one is disadvantaged. The school has a number of Chromebooks successfully used in the trialling which can be issued to children each morning on the understanding the equipment will be returned at the end of the school day.

Ideally, our preference would have been to purchase Chromebooks for all students from school funds. Sadly, due to increasing financial pressures, this is simply not possible.

We plan to introduce the scheme in four stages over the next 12 months:

Year 10 – September 2016

Year 7 – January 2017

Years 8 & 9 – Easter 2017

New Year 7 (those joining us in September 2017) – September 2017

In the 21st century it is important for students’ educational experience to be as varied, dynamic and stimulating as possible. Our extensive research has convinced us this technology will support our aims, which is why we are so keen to press ahead with the scheme.

A balanced combination of school and home learning is crucial to the future success of young people, and technology opens the door to a new and engaging world that extends effective study way beyond the confines of the classroom. Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education will give our students ready access to information wherever they are, whenever they like.

Chromebooks will supplement the existing learning strategies at Tring School, letting pupils study safely, effectively and productively. Trials of the devices were highly successful, and we saw a significant increase in student engagement.

All the information you need about our scheme is here on our website. You can also email us via the Chromebooks for Learning Scheme at chromebooks@tringschool.org

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 school work by providing move interesting and engaging ways to learn.  Students work is often better presented so their self-esteem grows and they can explore subjects that interest them in their own time

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

The following are just a few examples of what students will do at Tring School:

  • Create, share and collaborate using Google Apps for Educations (GafE)
  • Use subject related apps in the classroom and at home
  • Collaborative learning

Traditional methods of learning and teaching still have an important place in education and will continue in our school.  Chromebooks should be seen as an educational tool, not as a replacement for these methods.  We will train our teachers and teach our students to use these devices productively and appropriately.

Tring School Chromebook packages

We are delighted to be able to present you with a choice of two Chromebook Packages, each one offering you OUTSTANDING value for money. A Chromebook model that is rugged and robust and one that is sleek and stylish.  We have worked hard to ensure that parents are offered the best possible price as we recognise that this is a significant financial commitment.  Both devices have been fully tested within school and are our recommended choice. We have been through a rigorous and competitive process to recommend these devices, however, you are very welcome to purchase your own Chromebook if you would prefer a different model.

Chromebook Package A will cost £199 (a deposit will be required when ordering).

Chromebook Package B will cost £149 (a deposit of £49 will be required when ordering). low stock

Pupil Premium students attending Tring School will be offered the opportunity to purchase a Chromebook at a vastly reduced price. The Chromebook will be made available at a flat rate of £56 (Please see what is Pupil Premium in the FAQS)

The scheme is voluntary to opt into, however, we will be offering families alternative payment arrangements if they wish. It is a key element of our strategy that we are as flexible as we can be with the payment arrangements and this will include, for instance, paying by instalments over a number of months. If you wish to take this option or discuss a payment plan that is tailored to your personal circumstances, do not hesitate to contact our Finance Manager at chromebookfinance@tringschool.org

Deposit payments can be made via Wisepay or order form with cheque/cash and the balance will be due prior to collection if paying in full.

C202 SPECS Price £199 option A

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Processor:
Intel Celeron N3060 Dual Core
Operating System:
Chrome OS
Graphics:
Intel HD 400
Memory:
LPDDR3 MHz SDRAM, OnBoard Memory 4GB
Display:
11.6” 16:9 HD (1366×768)
Dimensions:
292.1 x 200.7 x 22.4mm (WxDxH)
Networking:
Intel 7265 Dual-Band 802.11ac 2×2 NGFF
BT 4.2 support
Weight:
1.19 kg
Interface:
1x combo audio jack
2x USB 3.0 port(s)
1x HDMI
1x AC Adapter Plug
1x SD card slot
Storage:
16GB eMMC
Battery Up to 8 hrs:
10 Hours life
Warranty:
3 years on-site warranty
2 years maintenance (excluding parts)

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C201 SPECS Price £149 option B Low Stock

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Processor:
Rockchip® Quad-Core RK3288C
Operating System:
Chrome OS
Graphics:
Integrated Rockchip® Mali T764
Memory:
LPDDR3 MHz SDRAM, OnBoard Memory 4GB
Display:
11.6” 16:9 HD (1366×768)
Dimensions:
287 x 194 x 17.9mm (WxDxH)
Networking:
Integrated 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BT 4.1 support (on WLAN+ BT 4.1 combo card)
Weight:
0.98 kg (with Polymer Battery)
Interface:
1x combo audio jack
2x USB 2.0 port(s)
1x micro HDMI
1x AC Adapter Plug
1x micro SD card slot
Storage:
16GB eMMC
Battery Up to 8 hrs:
2Cell 38Whrs (projected 13 Hours life)
Warranty:
1 years on-site warranty
2 years maintenance (excluding parts)

Asus C201 more information

Support for Chromebooks

During term time students can come to the IT office Monday to Thursday 8am to 4pm and Friday 8am to 3:30pm.

During School holidays IT support is limited and by appointment only.

February Half Term, October Half Term, Summer Holidays and Easter; Monday and Wednesday 8am to 12 noon

There is no IT support for Chromebooks at weekends, Bank Holidays and the Christmas break.

For support Questions or to book an appointment please email chromebooks@tringschool.org

Please contact using the form below or email us: For finance enquiries chromebookfinance@tringschool.org or for anything else chromebooks@tringschool.org

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When do we get our Chromebooks?

Year 8 & 9 – April 2017

If you have not yet got a Chromebook you can buy throughout the year in the normal way.

If you wish to buy Chromebook for a birthday or Christmas gift these can be purchased via Wisepay.  Please email the IT team for a direct collection and to make them aware of the event chromebooks@tringschool.org.

Arrangements for Year 8 and 9 April 2017

Students whose parents/carers have placed their order before the 31 March 2017 will receive their Chromebooks during the week 17 April 2017.
students will:
● Receive  their Chromebook
● Their device will come enrolled on the school’s management system
● They will be asked to sign the school’s IT Acceptable User Policy ● It is advised they register their device on the police’s Immobilise database. “Immobilise is the world’s largest FREE register of possession ownership details and together with its sister sites the police’s NMPR and CheckMEND, forms a very effective tool in helping to reduce crime and repatriate recovered personal property to its rightful owners.” Further information is available at www.immobilise.com – this is an optional process, so please let us know if you do not want to sign up
● Students will be briefed on the daily loan scheme and what is expected of them while using a school Chromebook This is only for those students whose families have chosen not to be part of the scheme.
Students who have chosen not to take part in the scheme will be required to collect a Chromebook each morning and return it at the end of the school day.
We believe parents will want the Chromebook’s original packaging, so we will be asking students to take this home with them.

What technical support will there be for students?

Tring School IT Support Service will be able to help resolve many technical issues but one of the major advantages of the Chromebook is that it rarely goes wrong. We are going to be running a weekly Chromebook surgery for students to come to with any problems or questions they have. Initially, this will be run by staff but we will also have a ‘Chromebook Student leadership scheme’, and our Chrome Leader Students will be trained to help others.

Support for Chromebooks

There is no IT support for Chromebooks at weekends, Bank Holidays and the Christmas break.

During term time students can come to the IT office Monday to Thursday 8am to 4pm and Friday 8am to 3:30pm.

During School holidays IT support is limited and by appointment only.

February Half Term, October Half Term, Summer Holidays and Easter;

Monday and Wednesday 8am to 12 noon

For support Questions or to book an appointment please email chromebooks@tringschool.org

How will I make payments?

The Student Chromebook Package can be ordered for using Wisepay or returning the order form. A deposit will be required when placing your order, If you are paying in full the balance needs to be paid before collection. Payments can be made online via Wisepay or by cheque/cash with the order form

We will be offering families alternative payment arrangements if they wish. It is a key element of our strategy that we are as flexible as we can be with the payment arrangements and this will include, for instance, paying by installments over a number of months. If you wish to take this option, or discuss a payment plan that is tailored to your personal circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us at chromebookfinance@tringschool.org.

Can I pay in installments?

We will be offering families alternative payment arrangements if they wish. It is a key element of our strategy that we are as flexible as we can be with the payment arrangements and this will include, for instance, paying by installments over a number of months. If you wish to take this option, or discuss a payment plan that is tailored to your personal circumstances, do not hesitate to contact our Finance Manager at chromebookfinance@tringschool.org

Pupil Premium students attending Tring School will be offered the opportunity to purchase a Chromebook at a vastly reduced price. The Chromebook will be made available at a flat rate of £56 (Please see what is Pupil Premium in the FAQS)

How do I connect the Chromebook to the internet in my house?

Chromebooks use wireless to connect to a network, so you will need WiFi at home to use the Chromebook on the internet there. 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 some apps, however, email and web browsing won’t be accessible until the Chromebook is back within the School network. Please talk to us if you do not have wifi at home by emailing chromebooks@tringschool.org

Are there any Chromebook guides available?

Yes, there’s a lot of (free) guidance out there. This link is a good place to start:
http://www.chromestory.com/chromebook-user-guide/
We will make sure all of our students receive the teaching input to get them up and running with their new Chromebooks when they are issued and we will provide an online course they can access during the summer and the holidays to develop their expertise. During their Computing lessons there will be some Chromebook skills development. We are also inviting parents to a range of free training sessions during the academic year for those interested in improving their own skills with their son/daughter’s Chromebook. It is important to us that everyone, teachers, students and parents/carers, feel capable and confident with the Chromebooks.

What happens if the Chromebook is lost, stolen or damaged?

Labour cost for maintenance and repairs will be included in the Student Chromebook Package ( repairs will be subject to a fair excess for parts). We will be fixing breakages on-site so that the turnaround for devices is faster and more cost-effective than sending the item away to be fixed. If a Chromebook is lost or stolen it is important that it is reported to IT Support team as soon as possible. If you have opted into GoGuardian the IT Support team can track devices from within the school and can remotely disable a Chromebook, rendering it unusable and unfit for resale. Please insure the Chromebook for loss/theft either on your home contents insurance or a 3rd party supplier.

We will be encouraging students to register their device on the police’s Immobilise database. “Immobilise is the world’s largest FREE register of possession ownership details and together with its sister sites the police’s NMPR and CheckMEND, forms a very effective tool in helping to reduce crime and repatriate recovered personal property to its rightful owners.” Further information is available at www.immobilise.com – this is an optional process, so please let us know if you do not want to sign up

How much will it cost to repair the Chromebook if damaged?

What if the Chromebook needs repairing?

We are providing an on-site service for the Chromebooks purchased as part of the Tring School Chromebook Scheme. This service will continue for two years after students receive their Chromebooks.

If the Chromebook is still under warranty we will arrange repairs/replacement as necessary.

For two years from the date of allocation we will diagnose problems and carry out necessary repairs as long as the Chromebook is fixable.

A full list of the cost of repairs for damage not covered under warranty Can be found here (parts will be charged at cost).

Why have we selected Chromebooks?

There are a wide range of tablet and laptop-style devices available on the market and Tring School conducted pilot schemes and extensive research when considering the type of device which would be best suited to students in our school.

A Chromebook looks like a laptop in appearance but operates in a very different way with students accessing services and apps online. The Chromebook operating system is produced by Google who provide a wealth of apps and services which are specifically designed to support students in education. Chromebook devices boot-up in a matter of seconds and have a battery life that lasts up to 8 hours, dependent on use. Chromebook devices are managed centrally by our IT Support Team to ensure that access is safe and secure. Internet content is filtered for inappropriate content to ensure students can access everything they need for their school work.

My child already has a different device, can they use that instead?

No. These are not fully compatible with the Google Apps and add-ons that we will be using for teaching and learning:

  • The battery may not last 6 hours on a single charge,
  • The computer may not bootup within 10 seconds from a closed lid,
  • The device will not be managed by the school and therefore will not be manageable as a class learning tool.

There are several issues with using other devices in school. From a schools perspective, there are two very important issues that make the Chromebook our device of choice.

The IT engineers can not support and fix multiple types of devices, nor can our teachers be expected to understand the different problems that they will present in the classroom. Chromebooks all operate in the same way. A Windows notebook operates differently from a Windows tablet, Microsoft Windows operating systems are very different and we could have devices operating various operating systems from XP to Windows 10, Android is very different from Apples operating systems and these vary from MacBook to IPad. For example, if a student is struggling to connect to the wifi during a lesson where you find the settings for this will be dependent on the device being used and different routes around the device operating system will need to be taken on each.

The other issue for us as a school is our responsibility to Safe Guarding and the Prevent Agenda. One of the apps we talk about is the Google Management Software. This needs to go on the Chromebook, we enroll the Chromebook on to our system. There are a few other devices that can be enrolled but not many. We need this software for security and management. This app allows us to manage the student device whilst in school. The other app we need to deploy is Impero. Impero monitors the device use in school and among other things logs incidents of inappropriate behaviour. A teacher can also use Impero to manage a classroom of devices, they can share things with the student device, make sure they stay on task, push out resources, share screens and much more.

Impero can only go on a school managed device that is either enrolled in the Chrome Management system or in our Active directory.

Can we have different models to choose from?

In order to achieve the economies of scale with a manufacturer which make this scheme most affordable, we cannot offer a diverse choice of devices, as the numbers taking up each option would be too low.

Did you look at Windows, IPads, Mac, Linux or Android as alternatives?

Yes, very seriously. We have been running a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scheme in the sixth form for two years now so we see many devices being used creatively around the school. We’ve visited other schools running 1:1 ipad and laptop programs and consulted in depth with our teachers. We learned that ipads are great tools for consuming media but they are not as good for creating content and allowing our students to work collaboratively. Whilst the range of applications available on iPads and Android is vast, many of the resources that teachers currently use in IT Suites would not be available.

We also looked at traditional Windows, Mac and Linux laptops. Although these devices are indeed more powerful, they are also more complex, more expensive and have poorer battery lifetimes. The simplicity of the Chromebook overcomes these barriers so that the focus will be on learning.

What if my child already has a Chromebook?

With the agreement of their parents, students who own a Chromebook already will be able to bring it to school and have it connected to the School network for a £19 fee payable to Tring School as long as it has a battery life of at least 6 hours and parents are aware that we will not be able to offer repairs or support for devices purchased outside our scheme.

For year 10 September 2016 Rollout

For those students whose families have elected to source their own Chromebook, please ensure your child brings in their Chromebook (fully charged) on the first day back, and that you have purchased a Management License via our Wisepay system, prior to these sessions. This will allow your child to register their Chromebook on the school’s management system. Your son/daughter will also sign the Acceptable User Policy and have the opportunity to register their device to the Immobilise database

Is the battery good enough? How will charging work?

Chromebooks have a battery life of over 6 hours. This varies depending on what the Chromebook is being used for (e.g. web browsing is very different to using Youtube). As long as students charge the Chromebook overnight, it will last all day. An energy research body has calculated the cost of charging a Chromebook for a year to be 87p if charged every other night. Students are responsible for bringing their charged Chromebook to school.

Who owns the Chromebook?

The device will solely belong to the student, unless the device is subject to a payment plan – in this case, the student will be able to use the device 24/7 but they will not completely own the device until the final payment is made.

Could we buy a cheaper Chromebook ourselves and ‘opt out’ of the Tring School scheme?

There are cheaper Chromebooks on the retail market and you are welcome to purchase one of these for yourself, but please be aware that these devices will not be eligible for our 2-year onsite repair scheme and will require you to pay £19 to Tring School to enroll the device to work with our Chrome management software.

We will be bulk purchasing Chromebook models that we believe can offer good value for money. We will offer a device we think will be robust and stand up well in a school setting and a device with a similar specification that is not as robust but can be offered at a lower price, as well as the two years of in-house repairs. We will be passing on all savings we make directly to you so that we can bring a package price that genuinely represents value for money.

Why can’t the school provide these devices for free?

With ever tightening budgets the school has a limited amount of funding for ICT in school, which primarily pays for the maintenance of our school network. The device will belong to the student and be able to be used outside of the school day.

We will be offering families alternative payment arrangements if they wish. It is a key element of our strategy that we are as flexible as we can be with the payment arrangements and this will include, for instance, paying by installments over a number of months. If you wish to take this option, or discuss a payment plan that is tailored to your personal circumstances, do not hesitate to contact our Finance Manager at chromebookfinance@tringschool.org

Pupil Premium students attending Tring School, we will be offered  the opportunity to purchase a Chromebook at a vastly reduced price.  The Chromebook will be made available  at a flat rate, instead of the published price.

What happens after the scheme’s two year period has expired?

After the two year maintenance/repairs scheme has expired Tring School will be able to offer repairs at cost price of parts plus labour. We do not expect the Chromebooks to last beyond five years and Google will not be providing updates beyond five years from the device US release date: The guidlines for the Asus C201 is May 2020 and the Asus C202 is Feb 2021 https://www.google.com/chrome/devices/eol.html

Will my child need their own Google account, if so, how will the school be able to put apps on the Chromebook?

Your child’s Tring School email account is in fact a Google account and will be used when they are in school. The school will use management software to enable it to distribute apps to any Chromebook registered with it and effectively will ‘gift’ the app to the device.

What is the School going to do with the current IT suites?

We will be maintaining our investment in the IT suites which run specialist software including our suites for Media, Computer Science, Music and Technology. We will still provide a bank of computers that students are able to use in the Learning Resource Centre.

How will the Chromebook be backed up?

The Chromebook is always backed up, our students have unlimited storage space in the Google Cloud. This is already set up and associated with their Tring School email address.

What is Tring School doing to reduce e-Safety problems with the Chromebooks?

We already operate an internet and email filtering policy. We also monitor the computers for inappropriate behaviour and can take control for remote support or classroom management which we will extend to Chromebooks. We will also be able to offer an opt-in e-safety filter and anti-theft software which can extend the protection to the device when at home.  This would be an extra cost of £16 for three years and would be monitored and managed by Tring School.

Can I install parental controls on the Chromebook?

Tring School offers an opt-in e-safety filter that the school will manage for use at home at an extra cost of £16 for three years.

How will inappropriate use of the Chromebook at school be dealt with?

Students, with the support of their parents, will be required to sign up to a set of ‘Chromebook Rules’ which set out some simple rules to make things go smoothly. These rules are currently being developed and will be added to this FAQ shortly. Some of the rules will be about management (e.g. ‘I will bring the Chromebook to school every day, charged’) and some will be about classroom behaviour (e.g. ‘I will stop using the Chromebook when my teacher asks me to’), with the overall intention of creating a way of operating that all students, parents and staff understand and agree with.

What about safety on the way to and from School?

In our research with other 1:1 schools we have asked if they’d ever experienced a student being robbed on the way to school/home and they all said that this had never happened. However, it is sensible to reduce the risk of theft through some common sense measures; students should keep their Chromebook in their bag on the way to and from school, both for road safety and crime prevention reasons. This is advisable both if travelling by bus or on foot.

I’m concerned about my child’s data being stored with Google

​The ​data is the property of Tring School​ –  Google Apps for Education customers own their own data, not Google. Google offers customers a detailed data processing amendment that describes our commitment to protecting your data.
https://www.google.com/intx/en/work/apps/terms/dpa_terms.html

As a school we are  are following DfE and ICO advise in this area.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cloud-software-services-and-the-data-protection-act

Google do store and log information but this data is encrypted in transmission and at rest, at the same time Google have a contract that says they do not share the data. http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/terms/education_terms.html

This contract is more rigorous than most educational contracts and has a section on privacy, which specifically states:

7. Confidential Information.

  • 7.1 Obligations. Each party will: (a) protect the other party’s Confidential Information with the same standard of care it uses to protect its own Confidential Information; and (b) not disclose the Confidential Information, except to Affiliates, employees and agents who need to know it and who have agreed in writing to keep it confidential. Each party (and any Affiliates, employees and agents to whom it has disclosed Confidential Information) may use Confidential Information only to exercise rights and fulfill its obligations under this Agreement, while using reasonable care to protect it. Each party is responsible for any actions of its Affiliates, employees and agents in violation of this Section.

  • 7.2 Exceptions. Confidential Information does not include information that: (a) the recipient of the Confidential Information already knew; (b) becomes public through no fault of the recipient; (c) was independently developed by the recipient; or (d) was rightfully given to the recipient by another party.

  • 7.3 Required Disclosure. Each party may disclose the other party’s Confidential Information when required by law but only after it, if legally permissible: (a) uses commercially reasonable efforts to notify the other party; and (b) gives the other party the chance to challenge the disclosure.

  • 7.4 FERPA. The parties acknowledge that (a) Customer Data may include personally identifiable information from education records that are subject to FERPA (“FERPA Records”); and (b) to the extent that Customer Data includes FERPA Records, Google will be considered a “School Official” (as that term is used in FERPA and its implementing regulations) and will comply with FERPA.

In addition, I know that Google has signed up to the Student Pledge:

“In order to to reaffirm the commitments we’ve made to schools, Google has signed the Student Privacy Pledge. This pledge, introduced by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), is intended to reflect our commitment to safeguard student personal information in our services designed for use in schools.”
https://studentprivacypledge.org/

I am also reassured about how Google will handle the data stored because a number of local authorities and Government departments have now gone to Google including the cabinet offices well as:

http://www.aberdeen-education.org.uk/
http://www.ict.norfolk.gov.uk/
http://www.capita.com/news/news/2016/google-apps-for-education-rolled-out-for-all-schools-in-northern-ireland-by-capita-and-c2k/

What about the current Year 11 and 13s?

Students and teachers in Year 11 are in the middle of their GCSE courses and we felt it unreasonable to ask teachers and students to consider new working practices in the middle of these courses. Our year 13 students only have a short period of time left at the school and we felt it unreasonable to ask them to buy a Chromebook for this short period of time.

You can still buy a device through the school and if your child stays with us for 2 years you will get all of the package benefits. When your child leaves the school the on-site repairs ends but you can continue with any onsite warranty if you return and collect to Tring School.

Can my child put their own content onto the Chromebook (music, video, apps)?

Yes, your child should treat the Chromebook as their own when at home. A big part of the success of this scheme will rely on students valuing the Chromebook as part of their wider life and therefore taking care of it, charging it and bringing it to school every day. Cloud storage space is provided via the Google domain that Tring School own and will be unlimited so students can store unlimited movies, music etc and still have ample leave space for school-provided apps and content. Please note students who use the school domain (tringschool.org) to store personal data, music, videos etc will need to remember to move them to a personal account before leaving the school.

How does this scheme affect exam access arrangements?

Students will still be writing in lessons, however, if they wish to complete an exam on the device then this can be arranged with the exam boards permission.

I have other children who do not attend the School – can they take part?

They can purchase a Chromebook through the school but unfortunately this would be subject to V.A.T and we would not be able to offer the onsite repair.

How are teachers being helped to maximise the potential of Chromebooks?

We have been trialling Chromebooks for a little while but, importantly, we have all been working with the Google apps suite (which will provide the main part of our learning apps). Teachers’ expertise has been growing throughout this time with regular training events and shared professional learning relationships. All students already work with Google Apps and associated cloud storage and our first term of Computing lessons is dedicated to teaching students how to work effectively across all subjects using Google Apps. We are developing a specialist teacher team of Chromebook users who are being given additional support and developing their practice so that they can help other teachers they work alongside with. We will be continuing to focus on the use of Chromebooks in the regular staff training that Tring School runs.

What will the Chromebooks be used for by Students?

The following are examples of what students will do at Tring School:

  • Create, share and collaborate using Google Apps for Education (GAfE)
  • Organise their homework and classwork through Google Classroom
  • Use excellent learning resources from our subscribed service partners including MyMaths, Kerboodle, Show my Homework and Lexia
  • Use digital tools to support their research and writing. For example, academic bibliography and citation tools, read aloud and voice recognition tools to promote independent learning
  • Think and behave creatively across their subjects using cloud apps for design, planning, animation, mind-mapping, image editing, sound editing, video recording etc
  • Use subject related apps in the classroom and at home
  • Collaborative learning

Will we need to buy any other equipment?

Students will be required to use earphones with their device from time to time. You may wish to buy a case or protective cover. Replacement accessories such as a power cable may be required if your original is lost or damaged. These can be purchased from the school as your warranty cover will be invalidated if non-genuine accessories are connected to your device. All accessories supplied by the school are genuine products and are sold at cost price, representing a significant saving.

Is your wifi and broadband adequate?

Our Wi-Fi is of an extremely high specification and is designed to cope with the volume of data that we will see in the future.  We have asked experts in this field to look at our systems and they have assured us that our Meru wireless network is more than capable of meeting current and future demand. Similarly, our fibre connection broadband capacity is currently sufficient and as demand grows then the capacity can be increased accordingly. As issues can become apparent once the system is live we will be carefully monitoring the capacity and performance during the first term and making any changes or improvements that become necessary.

Does this mean that exercise books will be a thing of the past?

Most definitely not! Traditional methods of learning and teaching still have an important place in education and will continue in our school. Chromebooks should be seen as an additional educational tool, not as a replacement for these methods. We will train our teachers and teach our students to use these devices productively and appropriately.

What about Insurance?

Tring School 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.

Can we buy Content Filtering and Anti Theft software through school?

We are able to offer you content filtering on the Chromebook for home use at a cost of £16.00 for the three year term.

This is an opt-in service for those who would like the support to ensure their child is protected from inappropriate content and prevented from using some social networking services including Facebook and Twitter.

GoGuardian provides the most advanced filtering, monitoring and theft recovery software available.

GoGuardian is a full-service Chromebook management solution that combines Web filtering, usage tracking and theft-management in one dashboard. Realtime monitoring, coupled with Internet, app and extension filtering and anti-theft features, allows administrators to track
usage of Chromebooks anywhere at anytime.

The content filter offers security and it will block 100% of illegal material and at least 90% of inappropriate internet content in the following categories:

Adult/Pornography
Violence/Race hate
Illegal drugs
Criminal skill/activity
Gambling

For further details, please contact us on chromebooks@tringschool.org

How can I ensure my child is safe online?

Tring School has a very effective web filtering system and all devices attached to our network go through this web filter. Tring School will be actively monitoring students’ Chromebooks while in school. We will be able to look at web filter logs, should an issue become apparent.

The safeguarding of students is a priority for the school. Through our content management system we will have the ability to filter internet access on the Chromebook in school. If you wish to protect your child at home with content management and theft control this is an optional extra at £16. We will also be able to restrict the use of different apps and functions (such as cameras) where necessary. Students are already taught the importance of e-Safety through Life Skills and assemblies, and this will be reinforced. However nothing can replace parental vigilance.

How do I stop my child from just playing games?

We want our students to learn to manage their use of their Chromebook and learn the discipline to resist the distractions of modern technology. However, we are aware that some children find this easier than others. If you have opted into the additional Management and anti-theft suite (£16 for 3 years) then you can contact the school to apply increased restrictions on your child’s device. Any child that misuses the device in school will have increased restrictions applied to their device.

What is the relationship between Asus and Tring School?

We do not have a contracts with Asus.  We really liked the Asus products, they had performed well in our tests and we had been given recommendations from other schools, when we found their head office is based in Hemel Hempstead we thought it would be good to try and develop a working relationship with them. We do not buy from them directly as this is not allowed, instead we have to buy through third party companies. We do not make any profit on any Chromebook sale and as it is an educational purchase, we also do not pay VAT and that saving is therefore passed on to parents. If we made any money we would be charged the VAT and not be able to offer the devices at these prices.

Will we need to replace our printer with a cloud printer?

The beauty of the Google environment is that there will be a decreasing need for the printing of work and as a school, we see that as a good thing.  If a student does need to print anything off, they can do that at school.  So there is no need to get a new printing solution at home.

How long will the battery life last?

Answer from Asus
The marketed battery duration is 10 Hours. However a batteries actual performance and lifespan is greatly affected by how a unit is treated in terms of “charge cycles” and “usage”. Due to the amount of varying factors  we do not officially state how long a battery “should” last for obvious reasons. If a battery is faulty or not performing reasonably to the specification and age of the device the standard rule is that it is covered for 50% of the base warranty of the device. Example: 12M Warranty = 6M battery cover. The batteries are replaceable

How long does it take to charge the battery?

Answer from Asus
To fully charge the battery it will take no longer than 4.5 hours from a 0% charged battery.