From Tring to Tokyo: Hertfordshire school presents in Japan

Posted on: 08/10/2018

Tring School in Hertfordshire has the honour of being the only school in the whole of the UK which was invited to speak at last month’s prestigious Google Cloud Next 18 event in Tokyo.

Tring School has been at the forefront of innovation in the education sector in the UK since it embarked on the Google journey in January 2015. The one-to-one Chromebook scheme for the students alongside the introduction of G Suite for Education has revolutionised the way that students learn and interact in the classroom. More engagement, more collaboration, more excitement and more interaction and extremely high quality feedback from teachers have led to improved results across the board.

In September, Chris Lickfold, Assistant Headteacher at Tring School, presented at the Google Next conference in Tokyo. In front of an audience of school leaders and education boards from Asia and Japan, Chris demonstrated how the school has successfully transitioned the use of technology into the day-to day of school life. He spoke of the many opportunities (and challenges) that the technology brings and how the school has harnessed these to become one of the leading UK schools for technological innovation.

Google Cloud Next is a large exhibition showcasing the Google suite across a wide range of sectors including education. The show has toured to San Francisco in July, Japan in September and will be in London in November. In the education strand, outstanding representatives were invited from seven different countries including Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Australia and the UK to come together to tell their stories.

Chris Lickford, commenting on his experience said "It was an amazing opportunity to represent the UK education system and the work we have done at Tring School. To be on a stage with other schools from across the world was an incredible privilege and honor. I am immensely proud of all that we have achieved at Tring, and for the school to be able to demonstrate how adopting technology has led to clear improvements in learning outcomes is a highlight of my career".

Another benefit that has arisen from the trip to Japan is the interaction with other schools from across the world. Technology will enable Chris and Tring School to connect their classrooms with their newly found peers using video conferencing across the Google system. By interfacing through common technology, these geographically distant schools can share experiences in the classroom and help foster an awareness of different cultures. In addition over the last two years Tring has hosted visitors from 100 other schools from the UK, Europe and Asia.

The journey from Tring to Tokyo has been an incredible experience for the school but it is a journey that isn’t and never will be concluded. The speed of technological advances will never slow down and Tring School plans to remain at the forefront of innovation and collaboration on a global stage.

Written by Mr R Gibberd
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