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…

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…

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…

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…

Thinglink and 360-Degree Images for Teaching Forensic Sciences

Thinglink is an online tool that enables users to annotate images and videos. It can be particularly beneficial for those who take information in best visually and I have found that there are various far-reaching educational benefits offered by the App. At this point, I’d like to share an overview of who I am and…

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…

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…

Revision aids for A Level students

I have a tutor group of year 13 students and this term we have begun to focus on revision in preparation for their final exams in June.  So far we have looked at what not to do, what worked well for them during their GCSE revision and what tips they would share about what they…