Using Google Classroom with ESOL students: a lesson on Childhood

GC was used once a week over a 4 week period with Level 1 ESOL students. Motivation was high and once the various login teething troubles were out of the way, students found it easy and engaging to use. Using a blended learning approach, students progressed to GC half way through the lesson as a…

Using Google Classroom: A Tool For Managing Semesterised Assignments

A contemporary learning experience must incorporate digital literacies as a functional skill, equally as important as fundamental English and Maths (Leitch, 2006). These are abilities that are required within all careers and alternative progression routes such as further study or vocational learning. Google Classroom is an excellent tool that streamlines some of the cluttered existing…

Using Google Classroom: opportunities for measuring progress

“Google classroom provides a useful tool for helping learners to reflect on their own progress and identify, with their teachers, ways of improving.”  This quote, taken from the feedback on a Thematic Inspection Visit held at the Sixth Form earlier in the academic year, highlights just one of the really excellent benefits to using Google…

Review of Photomaths

Photomaths is an extremely useful Mathematical app. It is a free app available for both Apple and Android devices.  More advanced versions are available at a price.  However, the free versions seems to be perfectly adequate.  The recommended age for this app is 4 year plus. Photomaths uses the camera on your phone to photograph…

Google Teacher Summit: London

Friday 1st March: Google Teacher summit in Google’s London Head office.  It was my first visit to Google and wow…. what a place.  The Google Teacher Summit brought together educators from around Europe to spend the day sharing ideas and learning about new developments with GSuite and Google Education tools.  The event took place on…

Trialing Google Tour Creator with ESOL students

With support from the Digital Learning team and the Student Digital Ambassadors, I recently trialed Google Tour Creator with a group of Level 1 ESOL students. The topic I chose for the session was “Where I Grew Up” or “My Home Town”, so we began with a revision session on the language used to describe routines…

A new Digital Leader at the Centre for Lifelong Learning

Hi, my name’s Lois Darlington and I’m the new Digital Leader at CLL. I’ve been teaching ESOL at the college for the last 15 years. I am interested in finding out what aspects of digital learning are practical and useful to the teams who teach at CLL. In my experience, access to computer classes and…

Health & Beauty Apps

My name is Rosie and I am studying Level 3 Diploma in Make-Up Artistry and I am also a Digital Ambassador in the Centre for Lifelong Learning. I have been researching health and beauty apps which may be of interest to students and teachers of Health and Beauty. Here are three apps I found really interesting….

Danielle’s Update on the new version of Texthelp Read & Write

My name’s Danielle and I am a Level 1 English and Maths student in the Centre for Lifelong Learning. I use Texthelp to support me with my reading and writing. Our IT Department recently installed the new version pf Texthelp (Version 12) so I have been researching what is new to help other students and…

Reflections on a College Mapathon

I recently hosted a Mapathon for a group of volunteers at City and Islington College to help to map areas in rural Tanzania, where girls are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation and need to get to a safe house. Staff Digital Leaders, Student Digital Ambassadors, the Digital Learning Team and a handful of Geography A…

Google Classroom: College pilot

The Media Studies department at City and Islington Sixth Form College is one of the first areas of the College that is taking part in a Google Classroom pilot. Further teachers will be taking part across the College after the Christmas break. We are now a month into it and I wanted to spend a…

Danielle’s Review of Speak Reminder

“Speak Reminder” is an app that is used for reminding you of everyday tasks such as paying bills, going to appointments, returning library books and coursework assignments you need to complete. You can choose a man or a woman who then speaks to you at a set time and tells you what you want to…