Affton Named Google Reference District

Affton School District has earned recognition as a Google for Education Reference District, one of only 140 districts worldwide with this designation.

Google for Education Reference Districts demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.

“Being asked by Google to be a reference district means they recognize the hard work and effort of our teachers to adopt technology in their classrooms,” explains Adam Jasinski, Director of Technology. “This is a validation of Affton’s leadership in educational technology, and we can now share our experiences with other districts that are implementing Google products. Not only will we have the opportunity to continue pushing Affton to the forefront, we will also help shape GoogleEDU for many other educators, schools, and districts.”

Following an investment in upgrading the district’s wifi access and infrastructure, Affton introduced 1:1 Chromebooks to high school students in 2014 and expanded the program to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students at Rogers Middle School in 2015. Ensuring that every third-, fourth- and fifth-grade student at Gotsch Intermediate has 1:1 Chromebook access in the classroom is planned for the 2017-2018 school year.

“Transitioning to a Google school has created a tremendous degree of flexibility for our staff and students. Access to specific course content through Google Classroom and innovative techniques through the wide variety of Google Apps has improved student and parent engagement, both in the classroom and when students are out in the community,” said Jason Buck, principal at Rogers Middle School.

Affton School District is planning their first Show and Tell with Google for Education next Fall.