Chromebooks: Information for Parents and Carers

“The appropriate and effective use of digital technology within education will give all of our learners the opportunity to improve their educational outcomes and to develop digital skills that will be vital for life, learning and work in today’s increasingly digitised world.”

Enhancing Learning & Teaching Through the Use of Digital Technology, Scottish Government (2016)

Our Digital Learning Vision

Our vision is for all young people to leave school with the skills to enable them to use a wide range of digital technologies in the workplace, and to  thrive in a digital knowledge society. We will develop educators who confidently and routinely use technology to enhance learning and teaching, and raise attainment across all curricular areas.

Key to achieving this vision is to improve learners’ access to technology. One way in which we aim to achieve this is to issue all S1 pupils with a Google Chromebook, starting in August 2018.


A Google Chromebook is device that is increasingly popular in education around the world. It is essentially a Google Chrome Browser in a small light laptop style device. This means that it is robust, very quick to boot up, has excellent battery life, and can run Google’s G Suite for Education apps. G Suite is an online learning ecosystem that hinges around Google Classroom and Google Drive, allowing learners to collaborate on projects and tasks, and allowing teachers real-time insight into pupil progress. In addition, there is a wide range of educational apps available, allowing learners to explore new ways to solve problems and demonstrate their learning.

“Technology will not replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers can be transformational.” 
– George Couros

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