Year 7 Chromebook Purchase Information
The benefits of a one-to-one device for your child include:
- access to a greater variety of resources in the classroom
- access to resources to support home-learning
- creating documents, sheets and slides
- safe and organised storage
- opportunities for engaging activities which include collaboration with other students and quizzes
- home-learning is recorded and accessed in one place, helping students to stay organised
- facility to track rewards and consequence points
- access to websites which will support research
- a platform from which to access personalised learning programmes such as books, apps and online resources
Buying the Device
Buying the device through our supplier: Our partner, Freedom Tech, offers parents/carers the opportunity to purchase a Chromebook through fixed monthly payments (over a period of 12, 24 or 36 months) or by a one-off purchase; the monthly payment is determined by the length of the payment period. If paying over a period of months, on payment of the last instalment, the device becomes yours. In addition to the Chromebook, both options include extended warranty (3 years), insurance (3 years, covering accidental damage and theft, with no excess) carrying case, Chrome licence and set up. There is no personal credit check.
The model available is the Acer Spin 512. Our experience with these devices confirms Acer’s assertion that the Chromebook Spin 512 is the ideal convertible device for education. It has 4 usage modes, a 12-inch IPS display with 3:2 aspect ratio, anti-microbial treatment, a world-facing camera, state-of-the art processor and military grade durability.
If you wish to purchase a Chromebook from an alternative supplier, or if you already own a Chromebook, this device can be used at Ashlyns School. Your device will need to be configured for the school’s network; this will incur a one-off fee of £35 per device to purchase a Chromebook licence. This can be paid via our online payment system, ParentPay, once you receive your ParentPay login details later this term.
Your child will bring their Chromebook into school at their own risk, and we strongly recommend that you purchase insurance to cover it whilst in school, and for the journey to and from school.
If you choose not to buy a Chromebook your child will be able to collect a loan device for their learning before lessons start each day.
Ordering the Device
If you wish to place an order, the WebStore can be accessed through this link:
Orders must be placed by 10 June; the WebStore will close after this date.
The log on details are as follows:
Frequently Asked Questions
Can students use the device at home?
Yes, they can use the device to further enhance their learning. We recommend that you set the security setting on your Wi-Fi accordingly.
Can we have different models to choose from?
Due to worldwide shortages, in order to secure supply, we have selected one model. Many students at Ashlyns already use the Acer Spin 512 and we are confident that it is a device that meets students’ needs.
Can I bring my own device that I have already purchased?
If you own a Google Chromebook then yes, but you will do so at your own risk and we would recommend you arrange your own insurance. Your device will also need to be configured for the school’s network; there will be a small fee for this.
My child already has a different device, such as a Windows laptop or Macbook. Can they use that instead?
No, these are not compatible with our scheme and cannot be managed by the school.
What happens if I cannot afford to join the scheme?
The school will have a limited number of devices which can be borrowed to use in lesson time. These devices will be kept in the school and given out when required. Students will not be able to take the borrowed device home. Students who qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant will be loaned a device which they can take home.
What happens if I miss a payment or can no longer afford the device?
You will have to return the device; you will not own the device until the final payment is made.
How do I make an insurance or warranty claim?
If your child has a problem with their Chromebook, they should visit the school IT department.
When will my child receive the Chromebook?
Once full payment has been received, or a payment plan has been arranged, devices will be ordered and delivered to Ashlyns for configuration; they will then be issued to students in September.