Evanston Township High School has been named a Google for Education Reference District — a designation offered by the company to schools that reach certain adoption and usage criteria for its products and services.

A search on the Google for Education website today turned up 141 other districts and independent schools with the designation worldwide, including about five in the Chicago area..

The chosen districts, the company says, demonstrate excellence and thoughtful leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.

The ETHS Instructional and Informational Technology Department noted its 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative, which provides access to a Chromebook for all students at ETHS. Many of the school’s technology efforts will be featured on Google for Education’s website in the future.

“This is a great honor and a testament to the outstanding work done by our instructional technology team, our faculty and staff, and ultimately, our students,” said David Chan, the school’s director of instructional technology. “ETHS is proud to share our district’s experiences learning and leading with technology, and how our classrooms and curriculum can truly be transformed, as we prepare our students for careers that may not currently exist.”

All ETHS students and staff members have G Suite for Education accounts, giving them access to a number of creativity, productivity, and collaboration tools. ETHS will have an opportunity to share its story with other districts in the area through a variety of events hosted at the high school. Other benefits include chances for ETHS to have best practice resources publicly shared, be showcased in Google for Education keynotes and presentations, and be featured in the Google for Education Newsletter, case studies, and other publications.

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