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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Danielle’s Review of Proofreading & Reading Apps

Hello. My name is Danielle and I am a student in the Centre for Lifelong Learning and also volunteer as a Digital Ambassador. This year I passed Entry Level 3 in English so in September, I will be starting Level 1 so I decided to research a couple of proofreading and reading apps to help…

Exploring Digital Storytelling in Further Education

I recently completed a short online course in Digital Storytelling with JISC as I was keen to explore ways I could use my interest in storytelling to support curriculum design, educational campaigns and engagement on social media or learning platforms. The course consisted of 4 sessions: becoming a storyteller, planning and visualising your story, making…

Diversity and Ability website review

Hi I’m Hilary, the Digital Leader for Inclusion at City and Islington College. I wanted to share a great resource with you: the resources page on the DnA (Diversity and Ability) website. I first heard about it from a colleague who frequently uses it to locate relevant resources in order to provide tailored support for her…