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In 2011, with ailing email servers and desktops putting more obstacles than opportunity in the way of students and staff, Devonport School felt it could do better. The leadership team set about on an ambitious plan. After an initial implementation of Google Workspace for Education, the school introduced around 600 Google Chromebooks, putting more technology than ever before into the hands of students and teachers. The choice was a conscious one, involving the school’s Pupil Premium funding to buy these Chromebooks for any students who couldn’t afford them. “Historically, we bought iPads, but we can buy so many more Chromebooks than iPads, and do so much more as a result, ” says Ben Forte, Director of the Learning Commons at Devonport School. With over 1,200 students and 160 teaching staff, an overhaul of the entire existing system was going to be an ordeal. After the initial investment was in place, the school decided to bring about change one step at a time. Simple changes brought early wins, growing teacher confidence: the email server was replaced with Gmail, and Google Calendar was added as well, increasing the efficiency of day-to-day operations. Now, the school has deployed Chromebooks on a 1:1 basis.

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