Google Apps for Education and Realsmart

At Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, we always endeavour to provide our students with the best educational opportunities.

This includes the ways we use technology to engage students and enhance teaching and learning.

The underpinning principle is to provide our students with access to the best online tools so they can seamlessly access their learning from anywhere at any time. To prepare students for working and collaborating in a rapidly evolving world, we have partnered with Realsmart and use Google Apps for Education (GAfE).

GAfE provides students and teachers with an online platform for communication, collaboration and working. All our students are able to log in via the schools’ websites and access their emails, calendar, files and documents, as well as creating new documents,  completing assignments and submitting work to their teachers.

GAfE also gives students access to thousands of online tools which use Google accounts, ranging from online video and sound editing to online maths tools and revision skills.

The unique way in which GAfE works allows students to work securely in real-time with one another, collaborate and share ideas, as well as being able to communicate with their teachers at any time, from any location and on any device that can connect to the internet.

Students can work on a desktop computer or laptop or install the apps to tablets and mobile phones

To find out more about GAfE, visit google.com/edu/

SmartHomework

smart homeworkOur GAfE partner, Realsmart, hosts an online homework tool.

SmartHomework allows a teacher to easily set a homework task with submission dates
and assign it to students. There are several key features to the system which we hope
will help students complete their homework on time and become more organised and
independent with their work. These include:

  • Email notifications – students are emailed once the homework has been assigned and again the day before the due date
  • Calendar – homework tasks are automatically added to the students’ Google calendar
  • Work can be submitted electronically from Google Drive
  • Work can also be submitted physically and the task marked as complete
  • Parental login

As a parent or carer, you will receive your own login to SmartHomework and be able to see the tasks that have been assigned to your child, when they are due and whether they have been completed on time.