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Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) has recently been accredited as a Google for Education Reference College for its use of Google tools in and outside of the classroom.As part of BCoT’s approach to learning, students and staff utilise tools such as Google Drive, Slides, Docs, Sheets and many more on a daily basis to create engaging work that is accessible from home as well as in College.
Students are able to ask staff questions through Google Hangouts, whilst staff can share resources and announcements through Google Classroom. Teaching staff also have the ability to mark up and comment on student’s assignments, which allows instant and clear feedback and collaboration between students and lecturers.As well as using G Suite for Education, BCoT also has Google Chromebooks and Chromeboxes available in classrooms and communal open access areas, which allows students the opportunity to access their current projects online whilst in college.To classify as a Reference College, an institution must use Google applications and Chromebooks for educational purposes, whilst also be willing to train their staff to improve their skills and share good practice with other institutions.The achievement comes after a combined effort from BCoT staff and the BCoT Digital team, led by Digital Innovation Specialist Scott Hayden, in integrating digital skills and techniques into every classroom across the College, to create a more innovative and engaging environment for students to study in. Scott Hayden said: ‘We prepare all learners for the digital workplace by being led by our Teaching experts and looking to Industry expectations we can better train our learners to create, collaborate, and communicate professionally using tools they will be expected to use in their jobs. We have Makeup students taking photographs and creating sites to publicise their work, Hospitality students crafting menus and planning events using collaborative Sheets, and Travel student using Google Maps and Docs to evidence their understanding. Google empowers our students to learn authentic and genuine workplace ready skills on demand on any device - we are always keen to use whatever each course area needs.’
Please visit the BCoT Digital website to learn more about how they support staff and students. If you like to learn in an innovative way that utilises digital technology and online tools, apply today to join BCoT in September 2018 at applications.bcot.ac.uk.