Why Google Suite for Education?
The Edmonds School District Strategic Direction – Each Student Learning, Every Day – sets the stage to provide each student with computing tools that can be used every day, from any place to support their learning. These tools will promote higher-level thinking, engage students in the learning process and prepare them for life after graduation.
The district selected using Google Suite for Education (G Suite). G Suite was selected because of the collaboration features of all of the apps – Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Calendar, and Gmail – and its ability to work on a wide range of computing devices.
After very successful pilot projects, the district concluded that providing G Suite accounts and a district-owned Chromebook to all students in grades 3-12 was the option that would provide the most equitable access to technology tools. K-2 students have G Suite accounts and shared Chromebooks. This plan was approved by community with passage of the 2016 Technology/Capital Levy.
Timeline for Implementation of Chromebooks:
- 2015-16 – 1:1 for all middle schools students (take home)
- 2016-17 – 1:1 for all high school students (take home)
- 2017-18 – 1:1 for all 3-6 students and 2:1 for all K-2 students (Chromebooks stay in school)