Chromebook refresh for Highland school pupils

Chromebooks play a key role in schools.

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Lochaber school pupils are to benefit from more than 20,000 new Chromebooks from The Highland Council.

Chromebooks play a key role in schools with a one-to-one allocation for all secondary pupils and senior primary pupils and shared devices for all other primary classes.

Over the next six months, 23,349 new Chromebooks will be issued, starting with first to third year pupils who, it was hoped, would have received them before the term ended last week. It is intended primary pupils will get new devices when they return from the summer break and the remaining secondary pupils by the end of 2022.

The new Chromebooks have the latest security software and come with a protective case.

The vast majority of the older devices will go to ILM Highland in Alness for recycling and resale where possible.

This is the first stage of a sustainable rolling programme of updates in future years.

Education chairman councillor John Finlayson said: ‘Any doubts about the importance of the Chromebooks and the Google Classroom tools will have disappeared after the experience of the last two years during the pandemic.

‘Pupils in Highland were better equipped for online and blended learning than those in any other part of Scotland.

‘Hopefully we won’t be going back to further lockdowns, but the use of technology to deliver learning across the curriculum will develop and continue and it is vital our young people have the right tools to learn in an increasingly digital world.

‘The availability of so many digital devices will support and empower Highland pupils to access digital learning opportunities and will also promote equity and fairness across our communities.’

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