IN A ground-breaking pilot project, staff at Basingstoke College of Technology (BCoT) successfully used GeminiAI, from Google for Education, to plan their day-to-day activities.

This innovative approach saved staff nearly six hours a week, enabling them to focus on more meaningful tasks with students or themselves.

BCoT’s efforts were recognised by receiving the prestigious Impact Project Award at the Google Reference School and College Awards 2024.

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Basingstoke College of TechnologyBasingstoke College of Technology (Image: Basingstoke College of Technology) Principal Anthony Bravo said: “We are incredibly proud to be acknowledged for our impactful use of GeminiAI.

“This award is a testament to the forward-thinking approach of our digital team.”

Scott Hayden, head of digital at BCoT, highlighted the benefits of the scheme, saying: “The tools have significantly reduced administrative burdens, freeing up an average of 5.17 hours per week for educators. This translates to more time spent on what matters most: engaging students and fostering educational innovation. This innovative approach has played a part in BCoT achieving its highest ever Ofsted rating.”

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The college has pioneered the way in integrating educational technology, adopting tools like GeminiAI and Canva into its curriculum and using them to help staff be more efficient.

BCoT also actively participates in national Google webinars, contributes to the Department for Education's generative AI discussions, and helps set new benchmarks for educational technology use across the UK.

Through leadership roles at major educational technology events like the AoC National Conference, Digifest, and international conferences, BCoT has also directly influenced over 2,874 external participants.