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Google recognise BCoT lecturer as Certified Innovator

Scott Hayden recognised for innovative use of digital technology in the classroom

A Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) lecturer has recently been recognised by Google for Education as a member of the Google Certified Innovator Program.

Scott Hayden, a Media Lecturer and Digital Innovation Specialist at BCoT, has worked at the College for nine years and in that time has spearheaded a number of new initiatives and ideas to increase the use of EdTech tools in the classroom.

Since joining BCoT in 2009, Scott has overseen the implementation of digital tools such as Google Classroom, social media and smart phones in the classroom has provided BCoT students with a more innovative and engaging way of learning.

After hearing the news that he had been accepted as a Certified Innovator, Scott described it as “It's a lifetime ambition achieved and a massive honour.”

The Certified Innovator Program from Google for Education recognises more than 1,500 educators across over 50 countries who are designing creative solutions to some of the toughest challenges in education. Applicants must showcase what makes them an innovative educator including how they have transformed the classroom and learning experience for students.

As part of his application, Scott unveiled his latest initiative to rethink the way teachers support and motivate learners who struggle to learn English and Maths in a traditional learning environment.

Whilst BCoT students get the opportunity to study GCSE English and Maths alongside their full-time course, Scott is hoping to find new, innovative ways for students to engage with the subjects that will be a big contrast to how they have been taught them previously at school.

This is not the first time Scott has been recognised for his innovative work in digital learning, winning a Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovative use of Social Media and EdTech in 2014, and being shortlisted for the TES FE ‘Teacher of the year’ award the following year.

After founding a ‘Digital Team’ of students and apprentices in 2016, BCoT was recognised at the 2018 TES FE awards for ‘Outstanding use of technology’, whilst also being named as a Google for Education Reference College and listed by the House of Lords in the EdTech50 in the same year.

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