Using Flipgrid with ESOL students

Flipgrid is a basically a video-making and sharing tool that is quite easy to use with ESOL students with fairly limited digital skills. I have used it at Level 1 and Level 2, but colleagues are using it regularly with lower (entry) levels. Teachers do not have to be a super techy – once you…

Beck’s Tips for using Google Classroom Questions

I’ve discovered how useful the ‘question’ option is in Google Classroom.  You can find this under the same menu as ‘assignment’ and ‘material’ when you create new posts in the classwork tab (Create – Question).  I’d started using it originally as a back-up register to see who arrived on time to the lesson, before I…

Google Classroom & Hangouts – Teacher FAQs

Once you’ve got to grips with the basics with Google Classroom and Hangouts, you may start to notice some tools are not working as well as you would like or there may be activities you would like to try but are not sure how. Keep your questions coming to the Digital Learning team. If we…

A Word of Encouragement As You Begin Teaching Online

These are strange times indeed for those working in education but regardless of whether you are planning to deliver your upcoming lessons with Microsoft Teams, Moodle and Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom and Hangouts or Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams, here is some basic guidance for teaching staff at City and Islington College (as well as…

Creating Digital Stories with Adult ESOL Students

Lois Darlington, the Staff Digital Leader for the Centre for Lifelong Learning, recently agreed to explore creating Digital Stories using Adobe Spark with her Adult ESOL students. Adobe Spark is a free tool that is available to all College staff and students. We worked with the student digital ambassadors to create step by step guides…

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…