G Suite is a core suite of web based productivity applications. These communication and collaboration apps include Gmail, Drive, Docs and Calendar and offer an alternative to traditional office based applications. All of these applications are cloud based and exist online, meaning that all apps can be accessed 24/7 from any device with an internet connection.
G Suite is embedded into the curriculum and plays a key part in Teaching and Learning (T&L) at Queensmead. G Suite has proven to successfully improve teacher-student workflow, promote collaboration between staff and students. Google Docs and Slides are the primary use of word processing and presentation software in many lessons allowing staff to make comments, collaborate and share information in an instance with peers and teachers.
G Suite has become an integral part of the day to day running of the school. Aside from T&L, on a whole school level there has been a drastic improvement in efficiency, collaboration in addition to being environmentally friendly from the reduction in printing. G Suite syncs with a number of 3rd party apps including ‘Google Classroom’, ‘Real Smart’, Doddle and ‘Show My Homework’ allowing students to have one username and password.
We have over 500 Google Chromebooks across the school to access all of G Suite’s apps. A Chromebook is a cloud based laptop that powers up within 8 seconds and allows full access to G Suite and other apps with an internet connection. All Post 16 students are issued with a Chromebook for their time in Post 16 education. All departments have access to Chromebooks for use in lessons for all year groups, in addition to this students can rent out Chromebooks from the library.
In recognition of our innovative use of technology, Queensmead was awarded the 3rd Millennium Award in 2014. This attracted international interest from the Singapore Ministry of Education who chose to visit our school to see what they could learn from our use of technology. This has developed an ongoing international relationship.