Guides

GOOGLE DRIVE

We store all of our collaborative documents and best practice with teachers and students with Google drive. The live document below provides additional details about how to use and share files using rive.

USING CLASSROOM

Our virtual learning environment is provided by Google and is a clean and simple way to set tasks and catch up on work as well as discuss any issues you may have. The live link below will introduce you to some basics of using Classroom

ONLINE TEACHING

All of our Community Learning Training material is now available for tutors via our Google drive link below. Much of our resources are available for free via our online teaching portal

Access Classroom

Our Google Classroom accounts are for all staff and tutors as well as any student on a course running over a period of greater than six weeks. please contact your admin support

Google classroom video overview

Suggested digital tools for class

As we teach across many different venues we encourage our tutors to find tools and techniques that work for them. We are happy to give advice and technical support on any of the following apps and device. You don’t need to use them all but adding these into your classes can go a long way to encouraging student engagement and improving digital skills.

Kahoot and Quizizz

The two online webapps Kahoot and Quizizz, are a great way to add some fun and excitement into a class. It’s easy to create basic a basic quiz and then deliver this to students. They are designed to be short and simple and are best used to check understanding during a lesson.

Students need to use mobile phones or tablets to connect to a website (no software required). The tutor needs a screen to display the questions on.

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Padlet and Trello

Padlet and Trello are two tools designed to allow collaboration on tasks. Trello is completely free, Padlet is free for your first few ‘boards’. Easy to setup, both of these tools can be used to share students work, brainstorm or offer pages of tips and links. For most uses we would suggest Padlet is the easiest and most useful for classes. Padlet boards can be set to easily allow anonymous input from a class so you can simply share the link with them and let them submit pictures, audio or text.

To use in class you can have students use their own phones, use tablets or just display the board to them on a screen. You could even use this entirely for extension activities outside the classroom.

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Projectors

We have a wide selection of projectors available for loan to our tutors. Most of these are small and extremely portable with the ability to play videos directly from a USB stick. Please speak to the admin team about requesting a device.

Projectors tie in to a lot of the other digital inclusion technologies and one of our IT staff would be happy to show you how to get the most out of them. If your phone supports direct connection to a projector or screen we can look into finding the required cable for you to do this. It saves dragging a laptop about and makes it really easy to share photographs and videos. Look at the Google Drive section for advice on finding videos. We also have small portable screens available for loan

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Geo-caching

We have used the online app Goosechase a number of times. This app is free for a single game but we can arrange for an enhanced account to be provided free of charge. Using students own phones you can send them around an area (anything from a room to a city) finding things and taking evidence with photographs, text or GPS.

As a tutor you can follow their progress from the website live as they complete the tasks you have set. Lots of fun for a one off activity!

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Classroom or Moodle

We currently offer support for two different online classroom options (also know as VLE’s). These can be a powerful tool and have been used well in a few of our classes. However due to the short nature of many courses you may be better investigating providing links to extension activities. Google classroom is the simpler of the two options. Moodle has more abilities but takes a lot longer to master.

If you do go with a VLE then you can set students work to do from home and they will need an internet connection to submit work. There are phone apps or users can log directly onto the website.

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Plickers

Plickers is a tool for surveying and questioning a class without the kit normally required. Like other services questions are pre-prepared via a website. Where Plickers differs from other solutions is that only the tutor needs a device to collect the results.

By printing out special cards (available free) the tutor can use the camera of a mobile phone or tablet to read students answers to a question. The students simply rotate their unique cards around to answer A, B, C or D to any question. Plickers works best if you have a screen to show the questions on but can be delivered without this.

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Google Drive

We provide each tutor with a login to our Google Drive which offers effectively unlimited storage. This is a great place to keep copies of schemes of work and lesson materials. In addition to this there is a huge repository (called the team drive) of shared resources that you can download and use in your classrooms.

Drive is also where we store copies of videos which tutors have found useful, this allows tutors to download videos to their devices with a single click, no more worrying about a poor WiFi connection!

Tutors are welcome to get more involved and take ownership of sections which relate to their interests and curate the materials on there. Finally, Google Drive is a great way to create folders of materials that you can then give as a weblink to your students for additional activities.

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Socrative

The quiz app Socrative is a more serious version of Kahoot and Quizizz. This app allows tutor to deliver a quiz or live poll to their students. With options to time exams or deliver remotely this is a tool which is well suited to handling formative or summative assessment.

Socrative is easy to set up and deliver but has lots of options so will take a while to fully master. Students can use any web connected device and it works well on mobile phones.

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Our tutor course pack and other important files are directly available on the right.

These files are also available directly through your Google Drive login