Show and tell shows extended learning benefits for children’s learning
Becta’s recent interactive ‘Show & Tell’ event took place at Grays Infant and Nursery School in order to bring parents and teachers together to experience the benefits of technology in education and how it can help children’s education and learning. Staff and parents were keen to share their stories on how learning platforms have changed and are continuing to change their children’s learning for the better.
Grays Infant and Nursery school recently won the Extended School Engagement award for the University Awards in Excellence, the Becta ICT Excellence Award for Leadership Management and Collaboration, as well as being the first Infant and Nursery school in East Sussex to gain the ICT mark. Grays School’s Head Teacher, Christine Terrey, is a member of her Local Authority’s advisory board, ensuring that other schools in the East Sussex area are able to learn from her experiences of using learning platforms.
The education event began with an introduction to Grays School’s learning platform, presented by the Head Teacher. The learning platform at Grays School places emphasis on supporting and adding value to the work that the pupils already do by presenting them with opportunities for learning to continue after the school day has ended. Even the nursery school pupils are able to login to the learning platform, using a series of picture icons rather than words. Uploading lessons to the learning platform, within minutes of a lesson ending, means that children can reflect on the work they are doing and can share their day’s activities with their families.
“I think overall the learning platform has enhanced the school here. It has supported the pupils’ engagement with their learning and it is building their self esteem. We use it to celebrate achievement and to celebrate progress, and for our children to see their learning and be proud of it,” said Christine Terrey, Head Teacher at Grays Infant and Nursery School.
A learning platform consists of a combination of different technologies that work together as a whole in order to provide opportunities for extending learning inside and outside of school. Students, parents, carers and school staff can access resources, online storage and tools for communication, collaboration and showcasing.
School staff, children and parents can log in with a password to access various services, materials and resources, offering a number of services over a safe, secure network, such as a school intranet or the worldwide Internet. These services can be unique to each individual school depending on its wants and needs, but most typically include pupil information, online learning resources, pupils’ work files and communications tools.
Further details and information on Becta’s Next Generation Learning campaign and learning platforms can be found at www.nextgenerationlearning.org.uk
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