With the introduction of Chromebooks in lessons, we sought to increase our pupils' motivation and, at the same time, their learning ability. Also, we wanted to lead the way for teachers to a much more competency-based form of teaching, which in turn will help to boost the interrelationship between pupils and teachers, thereby also facilitating group work both in the classroom and outside lessons.
Although some Vedruna schools used the Google Apps for Education environment previously, they didn't have the support of Chromebooks. In 2013, a pilot trial began with Chromebooks in a determined effort to take the digital education of the pupils a step further, and it was found that the system offered certain real advantages in the learning environment over the previous system which was based in a computer studies classroom and was subject to severe usage limitations.
There was already a precedent in several centres that already used the Google Apps for Education environment but without the support of Google Chromebooks. In September 2013, the first complete experiment was conducted using Chromebooks in compulsory secondary education courses at the Vedruna secondary school in the district of Gracia, Barcelona. In this first phase. 150 Chromebooks were used which the pupils and teaching staff began to come into contact with, assessing their capabilities and features. After three months, it was found that the system offers real advantages over the previous system, and the Vedruna's board of management decided to take this to the next level.