An effective learning platform that is embedded in the working practices of the school can offer a wide range of benefits to teachers, pupils, parents and at the same time support management and administration.
Practical benefits to teachers
An effective learning platform will enable teachers to:
create and share teaching materials which can be accessed online, printed out or used with an interactive whiteboard
put their resources online page by page, lesson plan by lesson plan, so colleagues can access them both in school and from home
access a wide variety of learning materials that they can customise for the exact needs of their pupils
access lesson plans from colleagues to support supply cover
assess, monitor and track individual and group progress
receive submissions of work from pupils in one area that is easy to manage
manage their timetables, diary, email and discussions within personal desktop space
increase their ICT competence and confidence.
Practical benefits to pupils
An effective learning platform will enable pupils to:
access learning materials created by their teachers and others, outside lesson time and from locations such as the library and home
store work and notes online for use in assignments, homework and revision, outside normal school hours
work at their own pace and with a wider choice of learning styles, through a more personalised curriculum
create an online portfolio, including digital photos and videos of performance as well as text
improve their ICT skills and online management of materials
submit homework and assignments for marking and assessment
communicate by email and participate in live discussions and forums with other students and teachers.
Practical benefits to parents
An effective learning platform will enable parents and carers to:
play a greater part in children's learning, where they have access to the learning platform from home
support children in any learning which takes place outside school
access their child's personal home page to keep track of their work and the curriculum
view reports, attendance data and scores in assessment activities
communicate effectively with teachers, school administrators and others supporting their child’s learning
engage with wider school issues through online communication tools
become active partners with the school.
Practical benefits for administration and management
An effective learning platform will:
provide up-to-date management information on attendance and attainment
track the progress of individuals and groups of children
collate summative and formative assessments
reduce the administrative burden on teachers by using transferable data
enable communication within school and beyond, on a one-to-one, one-to-many, or many-to-many basis
increase communication with parents.
But how realistic are many items on the list? Will it (should it) really provide these benefits?
A thought occured to me. Having ONE closed VLE or LP system, seems to be attractive. Security and child protection issues solved. But what are the costs? Surely Web 2.0 is about exactly the opposite.
Could it be that one closed system makes effective one other thing? The monetization of software, online textooks and the rest?