In recent years we have undertaken a continuous programme of improvement in the way we work digitally across the school and to better communicate homework to students. After much deliberation we decided upon Google for Education.
How do this affect my child?
Google for Education provide a range of online applications including Google Classroom, Google Drive and Docs that are being used to provide an online classroom, cloud storage for everyone and complete a range of tools that can be used to complete tasks digitally. These applications are available on many devices (including PC’s, Macs, tablets and smartphones) and will aid them in their education and improve their overall digital literacy.
To find out more about Google Classroom please see: https://edu.google.com/
Students can find all of their set homework on Google Classroom, within the relevant subject ‘Classroom’ that students are enrolled onto. Not all homework will need to be completed digitally however, and this will be clearly communicated in the homework itself.
Even though we have Google Classroom, we have still printed hard copy planners for each student after discussion with the student council last year. We believe that having both a physical planner and Google Classroom running together means that students at Friesland have the best of both worlds when it comes to managing their workload.
Does having GMail mean my son/daughter has access to email?
At this time we have turned this app off so KS3 and KS4 students cannot access it. Despite each student’s username also being their email address e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org, only students in Years 12 and 13 have access to email. This is something we will consider developing further in the future.
Access for all
We are aware that not all students have access to a computer at home, but there are plenty of places and times where students can access a PC in school outside of lessons. For example, computers are available to work on at breaks and lunchtimes in the library and Computer Science rooms and after school homework clubs.
How we use G-Suite
All departments use Google Classroom for the setting of homework, but some departments may may use it to:
- Aid with assessment and feedback
- Share resources such as websites and videos
- Provide an area to discuss and collaborate on projects
- Share notices and important dates
- Flip the classroom (a practice whereby students research and read in preparation for the next lesson)
- Communicate with their teachers.
The potential for this system is limitless and staff are constantly finding better ways to use the applications to improve teaching and learning at Friesland School.
Other online resources
Many departments also use other online resources including:
- Cambridge Elevate
These resources all allow teachers to set specific tests and allow students access to exam resources that will support and extend their learning.
Some students may forget their usernames or passwords until they are familiar with logging in. If this is the case, the student should go to their Computer Science teacher or the IT office to get their password reset. It is also worth noting that no one other than the student in school has access to their password and the staff listed above can only reset their password.
If students have issues inputting a classroom code that will enable them to access a particular class, then the student should see their subject teacher.
We believe parents have an important role to play with homework and understand that parents want to be involved. Each student has their own login details and whilst they do not provide access for Parents/Carers, we suggest logging in with your son/daughter and looking through their homework with them. This way, you can see exactly what they see and be involved in what they do.