It was really easy to use. It only took a moment to start up, I didn’t have to install anything, and I could begin using it straight away.
“We have a policy of consistent innovation,” says Rob de Groot, who has been the school’s IT manager since 1994. “We use theme teaching, where subjects and learning materials are grouped around specific topics, and we have many open-plan work zones alongside traditional classrooms. We began adopting an electronic learning environment in 2006, and we started assessing the potential of digital education early in 2012. Many schools were using tablets, but they don’t have keyboards and we thought that wasn’t ideal. We decided to hang fire for a while to see what the market did, but then we heard that a school book publisher was piloting Chromebooks.”
The school didn’t hesitate, and Rob was soon taking delivery of the first Chromebook for testing. “It was really easy to use. It only took a moment to start up, I didn’t have to install anything, and I could begin using it straight away,” he said. The Chromebook was enthusiastically received by the teachers, and the school ordered 85 for a trial involving three classes.