The Cooper School first implemented what was then known as G Suite for Education, now Google Workspace for Education in 2012. In June of , we were honoured and excited to receive an invitation from the Google for Education team to apply to become a Google Reference School, as they had seen the amazing things we are doing with G Suite for Education and Chromebooks.
They were impressed by the usage of the tools available and our interpretation of their use to enhance teaching and learning at The Cooper School. We were asked to provide a ‘Story of Impact’, reflecting upon our journey in becoming a Google Reference School. A Story of Impact serves to illustrate how the tools were making a difference in teaching and learning, student engagement, both at classroom and school level. We provided this, giving examples and explaining both the trials and tribulations, the positives and negatives that we came across, to give an overview of the school before we implemented GSuite for Education and after, as we now use the platform across our whole academy. Our Story of Impact can be viewed below.
“Welcome to the Google for Education Reference School Program! Your school is doing exemplary things with Google tools and we’re excited for you to join this select group of Reference Schools”
Our story displays our exemplary use of the technology and fostering innovative learning environments in the classroom and beyond, and we are thrilled to now report that we are now a Google Reference School! This means we are joining a select group of schools and colleges in England. Being part of the Google Reference Schools program means that our use of G Suite throughout the school and our good practice in utilising its tools can be referenced and displayed to offer support to other schools. We are able to provide training opportunities for colleagues and will continue to work closely with Google in supporting the use, development and deployment of future technologies for use in schools. Amongst many exciting benefits to the school will be the opportunity to test new products before they hit the market; we will be offered the opportunity to view the Google for Education Product Roadmap and provide direct feedback to product teams as well as listed in the prestigious Google for Education reference schools directory.
We are extremely honoured to have received this new status and feel that it reflects the forward thinking nature of our school and, furthermore, Bernwode Schools Trust. We are extremely proud of our staff and their enthusiasm and drive in adopting, implementing and utilising new technologies to enhance teaching and learning. At The Cooper School, we are collaborative, passionate and responsive in embracing new ideas and responsibilities, integrating them carefully with our teaching, learning and school community.