Realsmart & Google Apps for Education

At Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust we endeavour to always provide our students with the best educational opportunities including the ways with which 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 that 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 of 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, and completing assignments and submitting work to their teachers.

GAfE also gives students access to 1000’s 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 ‘traditional’ computer or laptop or install the apps to tablets and mobile phones.

To find out more about Google Apps for Education visit www.google.com/edu/

SmartHomework

smart homeworkOur Google Apps for Education partner, Realsmart, have released a new 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
  • Submit work electronically from Google Drive
  • Submit work physically and mark the task as complete
  • Parent login

As a parent, 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 if they have been completed on time.