Chromebooks for Students

Key Details

Ordering Deadline:

3rd September 2017

First Direct Debit is taken:
(Confirming orders placed with Direct Debit)
If cash payment was made in full, order also confirmed

25th September 2017

Devices delivered to school and distributed to students:

Early October

At Wickersley School and Sports College we are committed to providing the best education possible for our students. This includes access to resources that will support learning and develop skills useful for employment and further education.

From the start of the academic year, we are launching a “Chromebook for Students Scheme”. We will be giving parents the opportunity to purchase a Chromebook laptop for their child to use in lessons and at home. 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 ASUS Chromebook C202SA

Robust and reinforced rubber wrapped protective guard reduces the impact from any accidents.

The 180-degree hinge allows a fully open Chromebook; ideal for easy viewing, especially for group study or collaboration. The 10 hour of long battery life will last through a day of classes without having to recharge.

Chromebooks for Students

The Equipment On Offer

As a school, we have chosen to introduce Chromebooks because our students have shown they really enjoy working with the Google for Education suite which has brought a new dimension to our students’ learning experience.

Unlike traditional laptops, Chromebooks have the advantage of being able to survive a whole day at school without charging, they are extremely quick to start up and are completely resilient to viruses.

How The Device Is Funded

Parents enter into fixed monthly payments based on the term, with the following benefits (an option to pay in full is also available):

  • Spread payment with no personal credit check
  • Significant savings vs the high street
  • Fully warrantied for internal failure for three years
  • Fully insured for accidental damage and theft (ADT) for three years
  • Upon your final payment, the device becomes yours at no extra cost

How Technology Supports Students’ Learning

Independent academic research undertaken in Scotland during 2013 by the University of Hull found that:

The ownership of a personal mobile device facilitates many of the pedagogical aspirations set out in Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence framework.

The adoption of personal mobile technologies significantly increases access to technology for students, with brings many benefits for learning which include greater motivation, engagement, parental involvement, and understanding of complex ideas.

Chromebook Pricing

12 Months – £24.53/Month

24 Months – £12.91/Month

Terms available with no credit check

Cash Option – £271.49

FAQ

A Chromebook is a small notebook style computer, which operates with minimal software installed on the device. It is designed to use software and information from the internet to perform tasks, rather than have a lot of internal processing power and storage.

As a school, we have chosen to introduce Chromebooks because our students have shown they really enjoy working with the Google for Education suite which has brought a new dimension to our students’ learning experience.

Unlike traditional laptops, Chromebooks have the advantage of being able to survive a whole day at school without charging, they are extremely quick to start up and are completely resilient to viruses.

Year 7 will have their Chromebooks issued in September 2017.

Wickersley School’s 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.

Yes, you have the option to pay the full total up front or spread over 12 or 24 months. No matter which option you choose the Chromebook will have 3 years of accidental damage, warranty and theft protection.

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 login. 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@wickersley.net

The device is fully insured against theft, you can claim accidental damage on the device 3 times over the 3 year period. The Chromebook also comes with a standard 3 year manufacturer’s warranty.

The responsibility in the case of loss lies with the parent and student, it isn’t covered by the insurance. We can use software to remotely track and disable any Chromebooks that go missing. We will be encouraging students to register their device on the police’s Immobilise database.

If the Chromebook needs to be sent away for repair your child will be loaned a Chromebook until it’s return.

No, sorry. There are several issues with students using other devices in school on mass. From a technical point of view, the batteries on some devices will not last the full school day, some devices are prone to computer viruses and to support a range of different devices is unrealistic for our IT team and teachers.

The other issue for us as a school is our responsibility to safeguarding. Chromebooks will be managed via the Google Management Software, this enables us to forcibly install software that can track a student online.

We will be bulk purchasing Chromebook models that we believe can offer good value for money. We will offer a device that will be robust and stand up well in a school setting, as well including the 3 years accidental and theft cover. We will be passing on all savings we make directly to you.

There are other 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 covered by the 3 years accidental and theft insurance and you will be required to pay £19 to Wickersley School to enrol the device with our Chrome management software.

Yes, very seriously. We spoke to other schools who offer similar iPad and laptop programs, as well as consulting our own students and teachers.

We came to the conclusion that Google Chromebooks are the best fit for us. No other device provided the value for money coupled with the functionality that the Chromebook did.

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.

Chromebooks have a battery life of over 8 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 charges the Chromebook overnight, it will last all day. Students are responsible for bringing their charged Chromebook to school.

The device will fully belong to the student.

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.

No. The school will have no involvement with the purchase or lease of the Chromebooks, other than to signpost information to parents. The agreement will be between the supplier and the parent.

The device is yours to keep. Google will not be providing updates beyond Feb 2021 for the ASUS C202 Chromebook.

We will be maintaining our investment in the IT suites which run specialist software including our suites for Media, Computer Science, Music and Technology.

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 Wickersley School email address.

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

We’ve spoken to lots of other schools who run similar schemes, experiences of a student being robbed on the way to school/home has 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.

As a school, we are following DfE and ICO advice in this area.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cloud-software-services-and-the-data-protection-act

Yes, any child in the school can purchase a Chromebook via the portal.

Yes, the device belongs to the student.

Students will be required to use earphones with their device from time to time. You may wish to buy a case or protective cover.

Chromebooks should be seen as an additional educational tool, not as a replacement for these methods.

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.

Chromebook Specifications

Intel® Celeron® Dual-Core N3060 Processor, 1.6 GHz (2 M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz)

Chrome OS

Integrated Intel® CPU

LPDDR3 MHz SDRAM

OnBoard Memory  4 GB

11.6″ 16:9 HD (1366×768) anti-glare

Integrated Intel HD Graphics

16GB eMMC

Card reader ( SD )

HD Web Camera

Integrated 802.11 ac

Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0

1 x COMBO audio jack

2 x USB 3.0 port(s)

1 x HDMI

1 x SD card reader

1X AC adapter plug

Built-in Stereo 2 W Speakers And Microphone

2 Cells Polymer Battery

Plug Type :ø4 (mm)

Output :

19 V DC, 2.1 A, 40 W

Input :

100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal

294 x 200 x 22.5 mm (WxDxH) (w/ 2cell battery)

1.2 kg with Battery

TPM (Trusted Platform Module)

How to order

Visit our online ordering portal with the credentials to the right. If you experience any difficulty logging in please contact the Tech 4 Learners support team on 0203 857 5630.

Contact Us

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us at chromebooks@wickersley.net