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…

Submitting assessments through podcasts

The BTEC Health and Social Care courses include a lot of criteria to be assessed.  Over the last few years the team have changed some of the assessment methods from report writing and are keen to develop this further.  I identified a criterion which would be suitable for submission through podcasts.   Research shows that podcasts…

Questionnaire design and analysis using Google forms

I have been teaching research methods for many years.  The students have to complete a research project and report the findings.   Quantitative data is gathered though a questionnaire.  In past years students have spent hours setting  out questionnaires on word documents and then collating and analysing the data by hand. I discovered Google forms and…

Using Padlet to support peer review of assignment feedback.

Your students have met the deadline; submitting the report on time.   You have completed the feedback sheet and identified which criteria has been met/ not met and areas for improvement.  You then have the challenge of how to check students are clear what they need to do before resubmitting.  If you talk one to one…

Digital Leader for the Centre for Lifelong Learning

  My name is Pierre Epoh Moudio and I am the digital leader for the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Finsbury and am based in room G12. I have been working for the college for 14 years as an ESOL lecturer. My area of specialisation is designing learning resources using technology. I encourage and support…

Quick way to flip learning then assess it!

Step 1: Pick a topic “Definitions of pain” in this instance.  Design a “Blendspace” or use one already designed.  (The information included should present the main points in a variety of ways e.g word document, You tube clip, newspaper article, PowerPoint to provide a choice for students about how they explore the information and the…

Using Padlet in teaching

I have been using Padlet with students and successfully used it in class recently.  Firstly, I set a home work task via Moodle. Students were asked to re-read notes relevant to the task, view a You Tube clip of a case study of a service user and then follow a link to a Padlet page…

Using Socrative to test flipped learning

We have been experimenting in Media Studies with flipped learning as a way of attempting to get through masses and masses of topic content that the new A Level specification contains.  There simply isn’t enough time in the academic year for us to even attempt to teach everything that the students need to know and…