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.

Over the past several years, the district conducted pilot projects to explore the cost, functionality, benefits and challenges of (1) using lower cost Chrome OS computers (Chromebooks) and (2) allowing students to bring their own computing devices to schools. Both of these projects depended on moving student computing to an Internet-accessible system (cloud service). 

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)
Learn more about Google Apps for Education at www.google.com/enterprise/apps/education/