The ‘Chromebook Research and Professional Development Programme’ involved a total of six schools already using Chromebooks: two schools from the Netherlands, three from the United Kingdom and one from Spain. At the heart of the project was supporting teachers’ professional development to enable them to use the technology in a pedagogically effective manner.
As part of the programme, the teachers tested out different scenarios and activities and developed resources that helped other teachers put the Chromebooks to pedagogically effective use. The students were able to work fast and efficiently on different tasks and were happy with the devices being easy-to-use. The use of Chromebooks have been beneficial to both teachers and students and had positive impact on the teaching and learning outcomes.
Dorothy Cassells, Project lead, Future Classroom Lab, confirms: “The combination of professional development and research offers a ‘win-win’ for the teachers to develop their practice using technology, and for industry to get impartial feedback on how their products and services are used in schools across Europe.”
Kate Howell, Product Marketing Manager at Google Education EMEA, comments that "We were enthusiastic to work with European Schoolnet and Acer on this project to understand how Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks could be used to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. We are pleased to see the results of the study, and to understand the beneficial ways the tools have been used in schools in Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands."
“The results have been fantastic with educators not only enjoying the value of Google Apps for Education, but also the functionality, efficiency and robustness of the Acer Chromebooks used in the pilot”, Marius le Grange, Acer EMEA Education Lead, confirms.
The Chromebook pilot was developed in the framework of Future Classroom Validation Service and is based on European Schoolnet's extensive experience in running small and large-scale school pilots and research and it gives support to ICT companies, start-ups, and research projects interested in carrying out school pilots.
The results of this small research pilot are now available on the Future Classroom Lab website.