|Not everything is technology based - sometimes paper, pens and a bulletin board just work best!|
As a result, it’s taken a while for Google Apps for Education to catch on across Lanyon High School, but now that they're using it across many areas of the school, what the students and teachers are doing with it is making a huge difference to learning. And the best thing is, most of it is really simple stuff, and much of it is generated by the students themselves.
Google Apps for feedback
|Using Google Classroom can be a good way to have a specific discussion with students.|
Engaging kids that can't (or won't) go to school
Reading and writing tools - not just for primary schoolThe other success story to come out of Lanyon is the way that the use of Google Apps and extensions has made a difference to students that are struggling.
As we’ve talked about in another post, tools like Read&Write for Google can help to reduce the cognitive load around decoding text; allowing students to concentrate on what’s actually important in a particular lesson. It also gives them a bit of independence that they might not have had otherwise. Just being able to listen back to what you’ve written can make a huge difference to the quality of a student’s writing. Having reading and/or spelling as a barrier can sometimes stop students writing all together. But sometimes they have a really cool story to tell, and these tools give them the opportunity to do that.
|The first draft of a story.|
|After hearing the story read out loud using the Read&Write screen reader|