1:1 Device Program

St Gregory’s Primary School is trialling Google Apps for Education in 2015, with the intention of implementation across all of Year 6 in 2016. This initiative will be facilitated through the purchase of a device for each student - a Chromebook - which will provide each Year 6 student with their own computer at all times whilst at school.  A Chromebook is a laptop running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing "in the cloud". This program allows students to connect online with peers and teachers in a way that fosters collaboration, creativity to improve the access to learning resources. Google Apps for Education is an education-based adaptation of the popular Google Drive and Gmail systems used around the world. We aim to provide anytime, anywhere access to learning for every student, every day. Many of our current students in Year 6 have been accessing some aspects of Google Apps for Education this year. The success of the trial will inform our implantation process leading up to next year. 


What does this mean for your son/daughter?

When using Google Apps for Education at both school and home, we expect students to behave responsibly at all times, ensuring all activities are related to learning and comply with the school’s Acceptable Use of ICT agreement. Visit http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/ if you require more information and resources to assist with online safety.

 

Your Son/daughter’s Information and Request for Consent.

Google Apps for Education require student names to be created. Google Apps for Education differs from the public use of Google, where Google do not send out any ads, and student information is not shared outside of Google. The domain in which the accounts have been created are owned by the school, meaning student accounts can be accessed by the school ICT coordinator in extraordinary circumstances. The Student Privacy Information sheets that will be sent home with each student outlines how the data is stored, used and deleted. You may already be familiar with Google’s cloud-based products; however there are some key differences between a Google consumer account, and a Google Apps for Education account.


1. Google Apps for Education is not ad-supported

Advertising is turned off in Google Apps for Education. This means your son/daughter’s content is not scanned or processed by Google’s advertising systems, and will also not be by targeted any advertising when using Google Apps for Education.

 

2. Students and schools own their data

Schools and students own all data put into Google’s systems. Data can be easily taken away after a student finishes school. Most importantly, Google does not sell students’ — or any other users’ — information.

 

3. Student accounts are separate to other Google accounts

Student account information is never linked with any other consumer accounts they may open. In addition, Google Apps for Education offers schools a number of additional controls and security features. These include a 99.9% uptime guarantee, 24/7 customer support, greater storage capacity and the ability for school administrators to turn certain features on or off.