Using Google classroom to supplement learning in the traditional classroom.

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Belinda Brown
30 March 2018

Title: Using Google classroom to supplement learning in the traditional classroom

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Situation

I teach adult students who are on a resit one-year GCSE maths course. Most learners have been absent from education for some time.  All learners attend a three-hour classroom session each week. These learners have chosen to study maths to support their career aspirations and are determined and focused on achieving the qualification. It is a challenging objective with limited teaching and learning time in the traditional classroom. It is my belief that learning can be supported by giving access to resources used in the classroom for reflection and to give access to other suggested resources and to create an environment where students can discuss their queries.

Task

To supplement their learning, I wanted to begin using Google classroom to extend their ‘library’ for resources and as a means of communication between the group and with me, their tutor. The students were to access Google classroom via the internet either using the college hardware, their own home computers of their smartphones. All learners had access to at least one form of technology. I had to create an environment they could have access to and where they could easily locate the materials they were looking for. It had to be easy to navigate as some students had limited IT experience.

 

Actions

  • I started by creating the classroom ‘offline’
  • I had to create and organise spaces within the classroom that was easily navigated and clearly signposted.
  • I uploaded material I had used in the classroom and other resources that were relevant.
  • I created a space for ‘announcements’ so students would know how to see important notices.
  • I had to invite students using the MI system or give them a ‘code’ to login.
  • I had a traditional classroom session to coach students in the use of the online classroom and to iron out any problems they encountered.

This was my first experience of using Google classroom and I encountered a few technical problems trying to get started. I overcame my problems by getting in touch with our IT support department. I created the environment I wanted but it was slow to form as I had to learn how to use it myself first.

Results

The outcome was a success and is working very well. After a few weeks of using it I have been able to further improve the overall look and accessibility of the classroom as I have become more familiar with it. It has proven to be as useful as I expected with students using it as a message area as well as a means of accessing additional resources. I have more ideas to implement so it is still very much an ongoing project.

Reflections

Don’t wait around for something to be given to you. If you have an idea that something will work or improve the learning environment then plan it, prepare it and run with it. My learners have been very grateful for the extra support this environment has given them.

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