Google for Education products and tools have been designed for the classroom and can help teachers spend more of their time teaching as well as keeping students engaged with their learning.
Google Apps for Education is a suite of free productivity tools that enables collaboration between teachers and students, and can be accessed from any device.
The tools have been used at Warwickshire College Group over the past couple of years. According to Yousef Fouda, Chief Technology Officer, teachers who have been at the college for 20 years have said they have seen greater collaboration and more innovative ideas in the past two years than in their entire time. Multiple students can access and edit a document at the same time, meaning that ‘saved versions’ no longer have to be passed around via email.
Google Classroom was built specifically for educators, reducing paperwork and claiming back valuable time for teaching. With Google Classroom you can create lessons, hand out assignments and provide feedback all in one place.
At City Heights E-Act Academy in London, teachers track students’ progress and provide personalized feedback throughout the writing process using Google Classroom. Paul Guerin, Vice Principal, said the improved way of providing feedback to students is much more efficient and effective for teachers. The traditional process where students were waiting for over a week for feedback on their work meant students were just looking at the grade and not the comments. This has had a greater impact on their learning, and it helps to keep engagement levels high.
City Heights E-Act Academy also use Chromebooks, allowing students and teachers to access their work from anywhere. Students who have been away from class for whatever reason have managed to stay on top of course-work, thanks to all their documents being saved online in the cloud.
Since adopting Chromebooks, which can be centrally managed using the management console, the academy has managed to save £50,000 per year in maintenance costs. The affordability of Chromebooks helps schools gain access to technology, and students and teachers are able to work more collaboratively together.
Older students at St. Julian’s in Newport work on many independent study projects, and only met with teachers once a week, meaning progress was slow. With Google docs and their Chromebooks, students are now able to communicate with their teachers about their work more regularly as teachers can suggest changes or improvements. Some teachers have set up ‘homework hours’ after school, so students know when their teachers will be online to be able to provide guidance with their work.
The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), has seen a 15% increase in A*-C grades as students have become more engaged in their learning since adopting Google for Education tools. Chromebooks have helped make students “want to come to school” and make learning “more fun” say the students. Deploying Chromebooks have also helped IPACA to practise their ‘stage, not age’ approach to learning where up to 90 students across several year groups learn side by side at their own speed. With a start-up time of 8 seconds, and long battery life, Chromebooks have helped lessons to start right on time.
Written by Kate Howell, Product Marketing Manager at Google for Education EMEA.