Transforming the Tech Ecosystem at International School Augsburg
International School Augsburg
International School Augsburg is a private, co-educational school located in Augsburg, Germany. It offers an international education program from kindergarten to high school, emphasizing multilingualism, intercultural awareness, and academic excellence.
Originally, our tech ecosystem consisted of Windows clients and servers hosted by us. The administration was very technical and ate up a lot of resources. Collaboration in the digital space was hard and files from colleagues were regularly overwritten or lost altogether. Accessing files off-campus through VPN tunnels was cumbersome and regularly caused frustration among our staff.
We have been using Google products since around 2015, starting with Chromebook stations and moving to a 1:1 programme, including the entire staff reducing the administrative burden. Learning content is shared via Google Classroom, digital whiteboards are powered by Chrome OS devices, a blog has been implemented with Google Sites, telephony is done via Google Voice and Pixel Phones.
The use of Chrome OS and Google Workspace has made collaboration a fundamental part of our culture. Students and staff are able to manage work processes effectively, regardless of time and space. Due to the streamlined administration much more time can be spent supporting users rather than spending much of their time troubleshooting complex issues and configuring software and hardware.
Google Workspace and Chromebooks have significantly enhanced collaboration and streamlined administrative tasks at the school, making it easier for students and staff to participate in lessons and manage work processes effectively, regardless of location.