Chromebooks

We are delighted to inform you that we are able to launch our Chromebook scheme with Year 7 for the 5th consecutive year and we are ready to start taking orders.

Each year we extensively research devices from various suppliers to ensure that we can offer the best value for money and longevity of usage throughout your child’s time at our school. This process has been more difficult this year due to the current world situation but we are confident that we have found a suitable device for your child.

We are proud to be selected as one of the international Google Reference schools. This is a reflection of our success with the use of Chromebooks and G-Suite for Education to provide engaging tools for our students that allow them to extend their learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it compulsory for my child to own a Chromebook?

No, not at all. We just recommend Chromebooks as our choice of device for those interested in buying a device because of their value, longevity, compatibility with G-Suite applications and Google accounts, size, weight, battery life of up to 12 hours and start-up time of 8 seconds.

We believe that a Chromebook supports your child’s learning beyond the classroom and as we have seen more than ever this year, distance/remote learning plays an important role in the educational development of our students. As a Google Reference school that regularly uses G-Suite applications such as Docs, Slides and Classroom to support learning, our community benefited from this access and experience during lockdown, and we will continue to do so.

How do we order the Chromebook?

First, complete this form to reserve a Chromebook: Chromebook Device Order Form 2020-21

Then you will need to pay for the Chromebook on parentpay when this is set up. We will have more details about collection of the Chromebook soon but we aim to do this as soon as possible.

We already have a Chromebook or we are looking to buy one outside of school. Can my child bring this in?

If you have not bought a Chromebook yet but are interested, we strongly recommend buying through us because of the service, offer, warranty and guarantees that we can provide. We have a good understanding of which devices are supported by the education management license and how long each device supports this.

If you already have a Chromebook or still wish to buy one outside of school, you can bring this in but only when you have paid for a management license to be installed on the device. This is required for the device to be able to connect to our Wi-Fi in school and also to access our services outside of school.

Please complete this form to order the £20 license. We will then set up a payment option for this on parentpay for you and arrange a date for the device to be brought in once it is paid for our network team to prepare.

License Order Form: Chromebook License Only Form 2020-21

My child already has a different device, such as a laptop or mobile. Can they bring that in instead?

No. These may not be fully compatible with the Google Apps and add-ons that we will be using for teaching and learning. Also, the battery may not last on a single charge, the device may not boot-up within 8 seconds, and the device will not be managed by the school. Technicians and teachers will not waste valuable time on lots of different, individual devices. Please refer to our E-Safety policy and acceptable use agreements on our website for more information. The only device that can be brought in is a Chromebook.

What happens if my Chromebook gets damaged?

If you buy this Chromebook from us it comes with a 3 year manufacturing warranty but only 2 years on the battery. This is included in the £220 price above.

If the Chromebook becomes damaged accidentally, you can pay a flat fee of £37 to fix the repair. The warranty will not extend to any repairs or replacement on parts found to be damaged due to negligent or careless use, incorrect maintenance work or work carried out by unauthorised third parties. Full details of the warranty can be found on our website above. If your device is damaged, please bring it in to be seen by our IT Technicians.

Will the Chromebook be insured?

No. If you would like insurance this will have to go through your own provider.

Who owns the Chromebook?

Any Chromebook that is being bought through us will belong to Redden Court School until the full payment is received. Please contact us if you are having any issues with payments.

Is my child expected to bring their Chromebook in everyday?

No. Teachers should give students advance notice on when they are planning a Chromebook lesson and may ask students who have one to bring theirs in if they can. Alternative resources will be available from the teacher to ensure that no child is left out by not having a device.

The Chromebook scheme is there to provide students with a suitable, working device at home that can give them access to their school work and resources outside of school. It is also to give them the option to use it in school at the teacher’s discretion.

Our use of Chromebooks in lessons has increased each year with over 2,000 hours of bookings for the trolleys taking place in the last academic year. We hope that with more students owning their own device, teaching and learning can continue to be enhanced inside and outside of school.

How do I set up the Chromebook for use at home?

Connect to your home wifi when prompted just like you would with any other device. Your child can then login with the username they use at school, which in most cases is the first letter of their first name and then their whole surname. They may need to add the email address if it does not appear automatically.

For example

Username: jsmith@reddencourtcloud.co.uk

Password: this will be the same password that is used at school to log in.

How do we set up the Chromebooks to print at home?

Please follow this link for instructions on how to print:

https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/7225252?hl=en-GB

Do we need to print work at home?

No. There is no expectation for you to print from home for the school. Staff have been trained on how to use Google Classroom, our virtual learning environment, and other online systems for the submission of work online and most will use this. Some subjects may still require a print out occasionally as evidence for work, particularly some controlled assessments in Key Stage 4. However, your child can print any work they have done at home on the printers in school using the PCs in the ICT Suites

How does my child access Show My Homework, G-Suite Apps (Google Docs/Sheets/Slides/Drive/Classroom) and other school systems at home

They can all be accessed through RMUnify. We use a single sign on service so that when your child logs in to the Chromebook with their school account and opens up Google Chrome, they will not have to log into any of the above sites or systems. They can just click on the icon through RMUnify.

RMUnify should be the default homepage for Google Chrome but if that is not the case, simply visit reddencourt.rmunify.com and login with the same username and password used at school. More details can be found on our website and in the information pack we will provide upon device collection.

Are there any tutorials we can access on how to use Chromebooks and G-Suite apps?

Chromebooks use the Chrome Operating System and you can find a lot of support at the website below on how to use the Chromebooks and G-Suite Apps such as Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drive and more.

gsuite.google.com/learning-center

Will I be able to use the device to access apps or websites at home that may have restrictions in school, such as Netflix and YouTube?

There are some restrictions when using your school account. However, you can sign in with any google account and install apps or visit websites unrestricted. Any other restrictions can be applied through your overall home internet connection by your internet service provider. The settings can usually be found under parent controls.

Will my child’s work be backed up?

Yes. 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 Redden Court School email address.

Will my child need their own Google account. If so, how will they be able to install apps?

Your child’s Redden Court 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 us to distribute apps to any Chromebook registered with it and effectively will ‘gift’ the app to the device. Only apps appropriate for teaching and learning will be distributed.

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

​The ​data is the property of Redden Court School​ – G-Suite 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 following DfE and ICO advise in this area and are fully compliant with the Data Protection Act: 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