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Google hosts the first workshop for schools in the UK

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Google UK hosted a workshop for the 13 secondary and primary schools participating in the Tablets for Schools Nexus 7 programme across England.

Tablets for Schools is giving 7,300 Nexus 7 tablets to the schools, thanks to a donation from Google UK. Prior to the workshop, schools had already received tablets for key staff in each school to test out in advance. The workshop aimed to advise schools on how to successfully integrate the tablets into teaching and learning, and provided an opportunity for staff to feed back their experiences with the devices.

The workshop dealt with the key considerations for schools when integrating tablets into teaching and learning. Participants’ questions included technical issues (including school-wide deployment, connectivity, e-safety, and security), in addition to concerns about change management, and the best way to engage staff, parents and governors. However, it was agreed that the complexity of the change management process depended largely on the volume of deployment.

Representatives from The Educational App Store provided advice on how to select those teaching and learning apps that provide maximum educational value.

The response to the workshop was overwhelmingly positive; one of the staff members from The Rowley Campus in Birmingham emphasised: "It´s an exciting opportunity for The Rowley Campus to be part of the Tablets for Schools scheme. We are working hard to make sure we are fully prepared for the Nexus 7s working alongside experts from the Tablets for Schools team. We believe the devices will provide a positive step change in learning in our schools for each and every child."

The Tablets for Schools team will hold more events leading up to full deployment. Device delivery will take place in early July. A Google Education Apps and Meraki Technical Workshop for IT/Technical support staff was delivered by 9ine consulting on July 2nd in London.

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