STUDENTS ambitions are sky high after receiving a digital learning ranking from one of the world’s premier cloud-based platforms.

Darlington College has been awarded leading light status by Google for Education partner Vitalize Consultancy for the successful implementation of Google Classroom tools and technology throughout the college.

The free Google software platform gives course tutors and students a seamlessly integrated system designed to simplify e-learning.

It does this through instant access to electronic resources, paperless assignments, real-time feedback, tutor announcements and grading mechanisms, which can all be accessed on any smart device, at any time, via internet connection.

Darlington College staff coach and programme lead for computing and business Wayne Hall said: “We piloted Google Classroom three years ago in our computing and business departments working alongside Google’s partner Vitalize who then helped us to integrate the software tools into teaching throughout the entire college.

“Everyone has been extremely enthusiastic about the learning environment which offers greater independent learning, joint collaboration on projects and improved communication between staff and students.

“We are incredibly proud to have been selected as one of only eleven schools and colleges in the UK to receive leading light status and our next aim is to become a Google Reference college which will enable us to have direct links with Google and gain first access to new resources released by the provider.”

The technically advanced college, which has already become paperless within its computing and business departments, has adopted a number of additional Google resources, including Google Meet, which enables off-site apprentices to meet in a virtual classroom, share resources and access tutor lessons.

It also has Google Cardboard, which through a downloadable camera app and virtual reality headsets gives students access to 360 degree images taken on study visits and Google Expeditions, which allows access to tours of museums and cultural sites and the ability to walk through a virtual world.

Level 3 networking student Steven Grainger, 21, of Newton Aycliffe said: “Because Google Classroom integrates with Google Drive, YouTube, Google Keep and Google Docs, it instantly saves your work to the cloud which means you can never lose any of your assignments.”

Business student Leanne Walker, 18, of Barnard Castle, added: “I’d never used Google Classroom before starting my course but I’d be lost without it now.

“It’s great not having to carry around files and books and because you can access it from any device, including your phone, it means that you can even do your assignments on the bus home.”

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Electrical Installation Lecturer

Protocol are working with one of the largest colleges based in the North West of England and are looking to recruit an exceptional Electrica...

Salary : Up to £28000 per annum


Maths Lecturer

Permanent, Full Time, Maths Lecturer required to work within a fantastic FE College based in Cheshire!

Salary : Up to £25000 per annum


Built Environment/ Surveying Lecturer

Protocol are working with an FE College based in Shropshire and are looking to recruit a specialist Built Environment/Surveying Lecturer to ...

Salary : Up to £20 per hour + Plus Statutory Holiday Pay


Pastoral Support Tutor

We are working with a college of further education based in Stockport that offers qualifications up to degree level as well as bespoke vocat...

Salary : Up to £16 per hour + Plus Statutory Holiday Pay


A level Sociology Lecturer - Long Term, Top Sixth Form College

A fantastic opportunity is available at a top sixth form college based in Leicestershire.

Salary : Up to £20 per hour + Plus Statutory Holiday Pay


DAILY NEWS2

SOUNDBITES2

FE News gives you the latest breaking news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation.

Providing trustworthy and positive news and views since 2003, we publish exclusive peer to peer articles from our feature writers, as well as publishing user content from our network of over 2000 contributors, offering multiple sources of news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also ‘shoot’ video interviews and news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page