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Google Classroom - learning in the virtual classroom

Most educators would say that they are learning all the time.  This is certainly true for me; I love reading about pedagogy, sharing teaching ideas and collaborating with colleagues online via Twitter or in the real staff room where I teach. This term, I have been pioneering the use of Google Classroom with a number of my classes. Our approach has very much been bottom up as opposed to top down and I have been at the heart of the push to bring this tool into our classrooms.  To ensure success I have been moving slowly so that, for my colleagues, I can instill confidence in the benefits provided by this excellent online tool.
Here's a brief account of how I have used this tool so far and why I think it is so effective.
So far I have only really used Google Classroom to set an assignment where my students can complete some extended writing in readiness for their controlled assessment.  I use the word 'only' quite loosely as this has, in fact, been an excellent way for my st…

Idoceo - revisiting the 21st century markbook

I have been using idoceo for over a year now and have posted a blog about it here.  This is just another short post to sing its praises again and to highlight how this excellent tool can be used. I do not propose to go over features I have already explored in my previous blog but to share some other features I have used this year.
For me, one of the best features of this app is the ability to get so much information about a class as a whole, about particular tasks and about pupil progress.  Surely, details that every teacher needs at the touch of a button? 
Take for example this infographic taken from my Year 9 class.    At a glance I can see how the class have fared on a verb test or an adjective worksheet.  Indeed, whatever the task I can work out the average, mean or mode and see at a glance the highest and lowest value in the class and how many did not complete a task.  At the top of the infographic there is  a graph that tells me about class attendance which is information that als…