Becta event demonstrates benefits of online reporting for parent teacher communication
The government agency Becta, held an event recently in which parents, teachers and bloggers came together to experience the benefits of online reporting in a real-life classroom environment.
The event was held at Oakington Manor School in North London – a school that is innovating by not only making technology an integral part of pupils’ learning, but also making it central to the way parents can communicate with the school. Oakington Manor’s state-of-the-art ICT suite, equipped with interactive white boards and the latest 3D learning technology, was the setting for the interactive ‘Show and Tell’ workshop.
The aim of the event was to support and raise awareness of the benefits of online reporting technology in education, particularly in terms of enabling better communication between parents and schools. Head of ICT, Ophelia Vanderpuye, demonstrated the online reporting technology that is revolutionising the way parents communicate with the school and keeping track of their children’s learning.
The ‘Show & Tell’ began with a demonstration of the school’s impressive learning technology which enables children to see and learn about the workings of the human body in 3D. The discussion then moved on to the real focus of the event – online reporting. Oakington Manor’s comprehensive information-packed learning platform is a one-stop-shop for parents to stay in touch and up to date on school news, activities and, more importantly, their children’s learning.
From interactive forums, where parents can give their opinion and debate on issues relevant to their children’s learning, to a dedicated section where parents can ‘Meet the Teachers’ - the online reporting platform provides accessible information to parents all from one central online hub.
A tour of the ‘Parents Room’ on the online platform gave parents and bloggers the opportunity to see first-hand the online tools available that enables parents to communicate directly with the school and with other parents. These tools included discussion forums, the ability to vote on topical issues like school uniform and homework, and easy one click access to important school information.
By enabling parents to become more closely involved in their child’s education and teachers to update parents with in-school activity, technology is making end of term education reports and parents’ evenings more useful too.
Becta is the government agency aiming to advertise and implement the productive and innovative use of technology throughout the teaching and learning process. They recently released the Schools & Parents: A New Partnership report as part of the ‘Next Generation Learning’ campaign, which encourages parents to contact their child’s school in order to establish how and if technology is already being used, and how it can improve communications between them and their child’s school in future.
To access the Becta Schools & Parents: A New Partnership report and learn more about the benefits of online reporting check out www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk
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