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The learning platform: digital literacy


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Presentation given at the IPD conference held at Berkhamsted School, England, on November 17th, 2010.

The theme of the conference was: Digital natives - engaging libraries in their learning.

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The learning platform: digital literacy

  1. 1. The Learning Platform – Sacha van Straten Head of Media & ICT
  2. 2. ! The rationale – make learning collaborative, always available, and more student focused ! Make life easier for teachers, learning better for students ! Promote digital literacy Technology enhanced learning
  3. 3. ! The existing VLE (Moodle) renamed as The Learning Platform ! Single Sign On – one log-in required ! Internet connection upgraded ! The Challenge – evolution or revolution?
  4. 4. ! Promoted to staff: ‘if you can use Word, you can use Google Apps.’ ! Promoted to students: ‘this is Facebook for school.’ ! Note: a policy of education rather than prohibition – school Twitter & Facebook presence The Challenge – evolution or revolution?
  5. 5. Moodle back end – contextual drop down menus at the front
  6. 6. Moodle back end – contextual drop down menus at the front
  7. 7. Google Apps in Moodle ! Four main tools for collaboration: Email, Docs, Calendar and Sites ! Google Apps makes it easy to put existing content online, create new content online, and edit it within the web browser ! Documents can be edited live, with multiple users
  8. 8. Theory into Practice Pedagogical aims: ! Scaffold ideas and concepts ! Build ‘communities of practice’ (Wenger) ! Promote independent learning ! Develop research and assessment skills
  9. 9. Google Apps in Moodle The Educational Benefits of using online collaborative tools For Teachers: • Better assessment of student and class progress • Less paperwork to carry around • Potential for live marking • Easier to share student work with colleagues and parents • Ease of producing learning resources For Students: • Increased opportunities to learn – from teachers and other students •Development of IT skills across subjects – content producers • A system they will use from start to finish
  10. 10. Google Apps in Moodle Gmail: Allows teachers to filter student email and track it Conversation threads make it easy to create learning conversations
  11. 11. GMail
  12. 12. GMail
  13. 13. GMail Creating email groups enables teachers to send messages and attachments to an entire class
  14. 14. Google Docs Google Docs allows real-time editing and collaboration – individually or whole class
  15. 15. Year 12 live writing One year 12 AS English class produced a 5,000 report in a double lesson!
  16. 16. Google Docs Google Docs permits granular control over content. Easy to change from the few to the many, from internal to external accessibility.
  17. 17. Google Docs Review student progress and development over time
  18. 18. Google Sites ! This is a drag and drop way to make websites. These can include text, images, video, embedded Google Docs, calendars and web links. ! Students can be given their own pages onto which they can upload content. ! Templates can be created
  19. 19. Sample Primary e-portfolio:
  20. 20. English – Creative Writing
  21. 21. English – creative writers
  22. 22. Year 9 travel blogs
  23. 23. Year 9 travel blogs
  24. 24. Sample student site:
  25. 25. Use Google Sites to share SoW & digital resources
  26. 26. Berkhamsted and the social web
  27. 27. Berkhamsted and the social web
  28. 28. Berkhamsted and the social web
  29. 29. Berkhamsted and the social web
  30. 30. Sacha van Straten Head of Media & ICT Twitter: @svanstraten Web: Contact: