Issue 131 - 2024 Summer term
ChromeOS Flex reinvigorates old Windows laptops, desktops and Macs into fast and secure devices running ChromeOS, a cloud-based operating system.

Transform your old hardware with ChromeOS Flex

Secure and equitable access to technology is fundamental to digitising education. The DfE’s provision during the pandemic increased access to devices for staff and students but, unfortunately, many of these devices are now too slow to facilitate learning or can no longer run anti-virus software. ChromeOS Flex reinvigorates old Windows laptops, desktops and Macs into fast and secure devices running ChromeOS, a cloud-based operating system.
  • Ensure lessons aren’t delayed: With ChromeOS, updates happen in the background, so lessons aren’t delayed by old devices taking time to load or running software updates mid-task.
  • Update to a secure cloud system: Ransomware files are automatically blocked by ChromeOS, meaning your institution’s data is protected even if someone tries to open an infected file.
  • Reduce e-waste: Converting old devices with ChromeOS Flex extends their life span and reduces e-waste, and data is stored in Google’s carbon-neutral data centres.
  • Manage your devices centrally: ChromeOS Flex devices can be centrally managed on the Google for Education Admin Console by purchasing a Chrome Education Upgrade licence. With a few clicks, staff can deploy group or school-wide settings for safe browsing, locking and tracking lost or stolen devices, in addition to limiting web access during standardised digital tests.
ChromeOS Flex is simple to use with a bootable ChromeOS Flex USB drive. A free pre-loaded ChromeOS Flex USB key can be obtained from Google for Education by completing this form – available to the first 25 to sign up.

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