Jackson Preparatory School helps teachers achieve work-life balance with Google for Education

Challenge

To help teachers achieve a better work-life balance, the administrative team sought to replace the school’s ageing technology (a free, Linux-based solution) that was both time-consuming to manage and difficult for new teachers to learn. They needed an affordable cloud solution that would be easy for teachers to adopt and allow them to mark assignments at home without having to lug around stacks of papers. In addition to helping out their teachers, the school also wanted to provide students with access to technology that would prepare them for college and their future careers.

'I have dramatically reduced the amount of time I spend in front of the paper copier this year by distributing documents, worksheets and outlines through Google Classroom and sharing quizzes through Forms.'

Hunter Upchurch, Spanish Teacher, Jackson Preparatory School

Solution

In 2011, Jackson Preparatory School introduced G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) to all of its 836 students and 110 teachers. Google Classroom was a welcome addition to G Suite for Education in 2014. To help the entire teaching team and staff learn how to use the new tools, the school held a professional development workshop on the morning of a late-start school day. The session helped teachers get up to speed quickly without needing to stay late or come in on a weekend.

Organisation Profile

At Jackson Preparatory School in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, technology plays a big part both in preparing students for college and in providing valuable work-life balance for the talented teaching staff. With 836 students in grades 6–12 and rigorous programmes in athletics and the arts, the teachers at Jackson Preparatory School have their hands full. Google’s cloud technology helps teachers save time and, in turn, allows them to contribute actively to the local community.

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