Robin Davies is the Director of Learning/DCF lead at Bishop Hedley High School in Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil. Aspire 2Be have worked alongside Robin and all the Educators at Bishop Hedley for some time now and their progression has been fantastic to see. We’ve given Robin the chance to be one of our ‘Guest Bloggers’ so that he can tell us all about his experiences around Google Classroom…
“As an ICT co-ordinator, I have long been beating the drum to use ICT more effectively and to have a positive impact on our teaching & learning, I have long extolled the virtues of a Virtual Learning Environment.
However as with many ICT tools, the VLE has become a bolt on to the curriculum and we end up doing it for ICT sake. Many of you would have tried logging into the HWB system and have experienced the pain that the system entails.
Following the Digital Competence Review from Aspire2Be, I have since discovered Google Classroom and instantly, I found a tool that has the attributes to be both a teaching and assessment tool. I have created a classroom for each of my classes, but I am using it to its most effectiveness with my GCSE classes.
All learners in my GCSE classes have access to this classroom via their email login and password, they are also given a unique code. Each element of the controlled task are placed as a topic, learners are given the task detail as well as a PDF exemplar. When completed the learner “uploads” their work to the classroom and at a glance I can numbers for who has completed, not done and whose work I have returned.
Each element is given a grade (12 points in this case), this view displays the learners who have had feedback from myself and have returned the work.
I am able to click onto each learner and give appropriate feedback.
When saved and returned the learner is emailed detailing what I have written and the grade.
I have also invited parents to the classroom to view the son/daughter’s work and feedback it also gives a weekly update of work to be done.
At any point I can export all the grades into a spreadsheet for analysis.
- Learners can work at their own pace
- It allows for instant feedback
- Google Classroom allows you to give every learner a copy of the file for their own drive that can be worked on anywhere
- Google drive has its own version of word processing, spreadsheet, presentations so there is no need for expensive copies of MS Office
- It is very easy to use
- Communication is easy
- Has a genuine impact on Teaching & Learning
- No needless printing required.
- The learner needs their email username & password
- It does take time to get used at first.
If you would like a live demonstration please feel free to contact me, it would be well worthwhile”.