Thanks to Gareth Braddick at Invergordon has been using various tools to support literacy at Invergordon. Here is a report from him...
At Invergordon Academy we are looking at developing our approach to Literacy, using film to support learners that find it hard to access traditional texts. Taking materials developed by the Literacy Shed, we adapted them for a digital learning environment.
The new Google Sites provided an opportunity to create a unit of work that is easy to access for pupils. The new Sites makes it incredibly easy to create a website. This can be described as the “shop window” for the pupils, providing visual cues and engaging their attention. Behind this is Google Classroom, which is used to organise the teaching materials that were developed using EDpuzzle, Padlet and Google Docs.
EDpuzzle is a tool that allows the teacher to insert questions into a Youtube video. The teacher can insert an open question and give feedback, or multiple choice, which is marked automatically by the software. The third option is to insert a comment which could be used to provide feedback in a video made by a pupil. EDPuzzle syncs with Google Classroom, making it easy to add your classes and keep track of progress.
Assessing open questions is straightforward. The teacher sees progress made and can give a score out of 100, plus an optional comment.
Padlet is a useful tool for opening up discussion. Once the pupils have submitted their answers on EDpuzzle they are asked to post their ideas to an online discussion board.
The pupil comments are anonymous so those that lack confidence are not afraid to post suggestions. In the settings there is an option for a moderator to give approval before posts appear. Once posts have been submitted the individual responses from EDpuzzle can be discussed and developed as a class.
Tables are useful for supporting writing and they are easy to create in Google Docs. Docs also supports images, which can help pupils to structure their thoughts. In this exercise pupils take screenshots and write a description to help them summarize the plot for the music video.
Links can be inserted at each stage, which take pupils in a loop from the Site to the other apps and then back again, before moving on to the next lesson. Using the Site pages, units for a whole year could be presented.
Google Sites has recently had a complete overhaul and is now available for everyone in our Highland domain.
Google Sites is essentially a drag-and-drop website builder for creating websites. You can easily insert documents from Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and the rest of the G Suite tools into any site. The new sites now also allows multiple users to collaboratively edit a site (using the same tech the company also uses in Google Docs). Some schools have used Google Sites to explore ePortfolios.
Admins can choose whether users are able to publish to the web or only able to make their pages available to users on their own domain. Explore Google Sites further by searching on YouTube for 'New Google Sites tutorials'.
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