Jeppe scores well in Google’s online teaching evaluation

Mr Rob Faltermeier

The school recently received its first Digital Education Transformational report from Google for Education on our usage and implementation of the various Google Workspace for Education Products during the time that remote teaching took place.

Director of Innovation, Mr Rob Faltermeier, explained that this is the first of what will be a quarterly report looking at Jeppe’s measurable online school performance, based on the figures that Google for Education has recorded, and at the school’s own evaluation of where it sees itself on its innovation journey.“

Jeppe scored well on both aspects,” he said. “The analysis is based on the American educational model, so the timeline is different. The period under review is called the spring term, for example, and there are differences in which staff members are included in the evaluation.

”As far as the analysis of the uptake based on Google’s figure are concerned, Jeppe scored above average in most of the aspects and did extraordinarily well in some. “We never had anything to compare ourselves against before,” Mr Faltermeier said. “Now we can see that we are on track in most aspects of our innovation journey, and we know in which areas there is room for improvement

.”The questions posed in the self-evaluation part of exercise were re-assuring because Jeppe was able to respond to all of them. “They were based on the latest international best practice in the area of remote pedagogy and that we were able to comment on every aspect showed and that we are doing the right things.

”Here are Jeppe’s performance statistics in a few of the areas highlighted in the report:

There were 540 Google classrooms created, of which 336 were active academic classrooms. The remainder were forums created for sporting, cultural and other groups. There are a number of non-active classrooms too. These are repositories of information and resources like past exam papers. They will be visited less frequently.

Over a measured moving, seven-day average period, 91% of Jeppe’s learners were actively engaged in a Google Classroom. That’s 952 of the school’s 1043 learners. “That’s very pleasing. It shows that the Google Classrooms are alive and compelling,” Mr Faltermeier said. “The 14-day average number of active academic classroom use ranged from a high of 336 per day to a low of 47 – on a day during the holidays at the end of the 1st term. The 7 day moving average of Active teachers using Google Classroom was 89%, or 76 teachers. “That means that on average 76 teachers per day were going into the classrooms to upload work, monitor progress and interact with the learners, “Mr Faltermeier said. “The report has that number at 64%, but that’s according to the American way of measuring all faculty, which includes non-teaching staff, so we adjusted it to fit our Teaching staff numbers.”

The report also measured the use of the various Google tools, the use of Chromebooks and the creation of content in the Google Workspace for Education environment.“

Overall I was super-impressed,” Mr Faltermeier said. “The buy-in of both learners and teachers has been very good and it’s clear that we are on the right track. The self-evaluation tool was useful because it helped us see where we are and what we still need to do.

“The future may be uncertain, but it’s clear that we are well prepared for an online learning environment should it be necessary. We will certainly be presenting a blended model in the years ahead, a combination of digital learning and face-to-face contact between teachers and learners when appropriate to do so.”