Using Google Classroom – Differentiation in setting assignments to improve outcome

The inevitable influence of technology on teaching and learning must not be resisted, but rather embraced and applied in meaningful ways to positively impact on learning Fullan 2016. I believe embracing technology in teaching paves way for enhanced participation and engagement in the learning process. Google classroom thus provides a platform for enhanced participation by…

Trialing Google Expeditions with an ESOL Class

As well as trialing Google Classroom this year, we have been looking at a number of other tools and apps. An example of this is Google Expeditions. Google Expeditions provides high quality 360 Degree and Virtual Reality resources for a number of different topics and subject areas. Some of our student digital ambassadors have already…

Highlights from the Association of Colleges – JISC Technology Summit

Education 4.0 – Paul McKean (Head of FE and Skills, JISC) Paul McKean, the Head of FE and Skills at JISC, kicked off the Technology Summit by talking about the advance of “Education 4.0”. He said to expect to see Artificial Intelligence transforming teaching, more personalised and adaptive learning experiences, intelligent tutoring systems responding to…

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…