Milestones to Success. Our expectations/concerns. “I don’t want one!” Time issues – how long will it take? How much extra work will be created? Will it work? Improved communication with parents Embedding basic skills using the VLE.
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Questionnaire sent to all parents November 2009 - expectations
“Excellent use of the internet to keep parents in touch.”
“Schools and the children lead the way with technology with parents like me dragging along behind!”
“It would mean I’d have to make a conscious effort to look on the platform regularly. However this change in lifestyle is needed to help the environment.”
“Individual means I would know how far to push my child in the right areas at home”
It was also interesting to see some comments:
Extra pages added
2 workshops per year group – rolling out to parents one year group at a time.
Initial figures show roughly half of our Key Stage 2 parents are using the platform.
Comments show those using the platform find it a positive experience
they’ve learned watching these videos
More information is being put on the platform by staff to provide access to out of hours learning.PowerPoints and web links are being used to access lesson content. Embedding video into interest spaces and encouraging children to respond to these through discussions.
SLN2 + Pupils
We have used discussions to get feedback on events in school.
Potential use for discussions: ‘What we want to find out’ before beginning a new topic in History, Geography, Science etc. Can also use it for ‘What we’ve learned’ at end of a topic.
“The Learning Platform was a bit boring to start
with but it was also frustrating because the LPC's
knew everything and I didn't. I sooo wanted to be
like them I wasn't learning properly, trying to rush
things so I knew more stuff!
I've learned now I need to take time to learn
because a learner is a Champion! (I'll be there ONE
P.S- Learning Platform Club is really helpful.”
Initially hesitant about using it. The main worry being what’s going ‘live’ to parents.
Number of dedicated staff meetings.
Staff have been encouraged to develop their class/year group interest space. This is now extending to developing subject spaces.
1-2-1 sessions have helped and staff now see the potential uses of the Learning Platform and how easy it is to use.
SLN2 + Staff
All Governors have had training - Clerk to Governors has had extra 1-2-1
All Governors have logged on and do so regularly
Public & Private Interest Spaces.
Interest Spaces for each Sub-Committee.
Are paperless! All communication is now via the Platform and e-mail! Governors know when meetings are and what’s needed.
Very supportive and realise the potential.
The next ‘stage of development’ - huge potential for the platform in our curriculum:
Blogging – reading journals, class blog telling parents what they’ve learned at school, recounting experiences, writing for a purpose/audience
Discussions – guided reading sessions where children respond to questions about texts they are reading. Using a different medium to engage our reluctant writers; tackling the tricky writing AFs!
Wikis – children adding information to a knowledge bank about a topic
Embedding videos for discussion/starting points/homework
Ask questions about moving up to two high schools.
Communicate with future peers from other primary schools.
Parents are also able to ask questions and have relevant documents to hand such as uniform lists etc.
Cluster Group for our area
COLLABORATION is the key!
All parents on the platform at least once a week
Paperless communication – nearly there!
All children engaging in discussions, blogging
Staff using the platform to communicate far more effectively with parents
Staff using the platform in lessons
PTA & Kitchen communicating with parents
Parents, pupils & staff working together – AfL, VLE, e-portfolio
A cluster group sharing and collaborating
Better links & communication with our High School
Assessment live to parents.
Our SLN2 journey will take another 18-24 months before we are happy – and it will have changed by then!
The potential for the platform is huge and we are only just scratching the surface. We want to do a lot but have to pace ourselves (I’m not very patient!)
This academic year - lead again by example, ensuring my class are all LPCs and showing other staff what we can do with the platform in the curriculum to ensure it is a day to day part of our school.
Developing AfL, VLE, Kaleidos Communicator, e-portfolios.