Why GSFE and Chromebooks

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River Trails School District 26 evaluated a variety of systems and hardware for the students and decided on Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • Increase student engagement
  • Expose our students to the latest technology - software and hardware
  • Create student centered learning environments
  • Allow students and teachers to do new things, work collaboratively and create projects
  • Prepare our students for the transition to online PARCC testing as we move toward Common Core State Standards implementation
  • Provide equitable access to computers to all students (1:1)

Why Google Apps for Education? 

Why Chromebooks for Education?

Chromebooks for Education

What is Google Apps for Education?

Six Reasons Educators Say They Are Choosing Chromebooks Over iPads, Netbooks And PCs

Educational Benefits of Chromebooks and GAFE:

  • Fast boot time – 7-8 seconds - They boot up in less than 8 seconds and resume instantly -- eliminating the typical down time wasted while traditional computers start up and connect to a network.
  • Applications, school work, and settings are stored in the cloud, so multiple students can use the same Chromebook and still have their own personalized experience when they sign in.
  • The Google Applications are free for student use; such as Google Docs (word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation).
  • Allows for easy student and teacher collaboration and feedback.

IT Benefits of Chromebooks and GAFE:

  • Web Based Management
  • Reduced setup time
  • No programs to install – all student work will be saved in the “cloud”
  • No viruses
  • Updates are automatic
  • Easy to use - minimal IT support needed
  • Inexpensive - allows more devices to be purchased

Google Apps for Education - GAFE

  • Free
  • Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, sites, networking, collaboration, and lots more
  • Students can access their files from any device
  • Students can share their work with their teachers
  • Students can collaborate with others on the same project at the same time
  • Unlimited potential
  • Safe (management of GAFE and Chromebooks)
  • Students create projects, instead of just consuming information


  • Cost - 1/3 cost of a laptop
  • 1/10th the setup time
  • Less IT support needed
  • Automatic updates
  • Easy to use
  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Start up in 7-10 seconds
  • Battery lasts 6.5 hours or more (8+ hours for some)
  • Thousands of free web-apps available
  • Internet based - student data is stored online and accessible from any device
  • Works with digital resources we already use
  • Research shows that technology-transformed interventions improve learning
  • Allows for collaborative, project based lessons and learning
  • Technology based, online collaboration and personalized instruction helps with student engagement and learning