The fantastic, ongoing work of our Google Innovation team has received high praise by being shortlisted in the TES Further Education Awards for outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment.
The 25 Google Innovators - led by Information and Learning Technology staff trainer Wendy Peskett - share best practice via the Google Plus Community and encourage staff to swap examples of innovative Google lesson ideas across departments. A tourism and leisure lesson plan was recently shared with the maths department for its ‘measuring distances’ element for example.
Our shortlisting for this award follows a 17.3% increase in students’ English and maths achievement and a 12% rise in achievement across all subjects since 2014 as students embrace a more engaging, self-directed way of learning, with innovative lessons and active collaboration on projects.
We have also seen a 10% improvement in English and maths exam attendance as the use of technology is helping with exam administration and ensuring students can be assessed via mobile technology if they cannot get into college due to health or last-minute child care issues.
Garry Phillips, CEO of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London’s College says:
“I’m extremely proud as one of the country's leading colleges in innovation and the use of technology for us to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award. This is a great credit and testament to the College's Google Innovators, the students who have actively engaged and help shape the learning and technology and the impact it has had on the student experience and their outcomes. ”
Garry also regularly communicates our progress towards the plan in his weekly newsletters and in two weekly meetings with staff and pupils, keeping everyone focused on our goals. The end result is recognition by Ofsted in June 2016 for our ‘significant progress’ in teaching and learning and a 4% improvement in student attendance overall.
The winner of the award will be announced on 24 February.