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Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by shelleymaguire, May 6, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    Our school is looking to purchase a Learning Platform i'm just wondering what the best ones are and the ones to avoid? i'm not sure why we need one to be honest, if you could explain that would be brilliant! [​IMG]
  2. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    The success of a vle is dependant on two factors, putting good stuff on there (thus giving kids a reason to use it) and getting staff to embrace it. All of the KS3 ICT course at my place is delivered in it's entirety via our vle (moodle), there really is no need to have anything but a cover supervisor in there to look after the kids. Fortunately the teachers asked to take ICT at my place are quite happy to get their hands dirty but in the main the kids just work through the exercises and video tutorials that I put on there. Now that's the problem, it has taken many many hours to create that material, and if you can't sell the benefits of doing so to your staff then it will never offer much. We have self marking quizzes that make assessment easier and are about to embrace marking on screen with the uploadpdf plugin tool that lets me use a tablet to mark kids work. I just need to convince others to come this way too, and that I think will take at least 3 years. If you have the belief and conviction to show what a vle can offer then it will succeed and long term you will reap the benefits, if you approach it with an attitide of "meh" then it's never going to do much for you as a school.
  3. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    Shut up you fool ;-)

  4. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    I am merely marketing myself before the inevitable cuts to public spending that means all kids will be taught this way and they are looked after by ex soldiers. That way I have a chance of a job long term [​IMG]
  5. Eek. I do hope there's an element of sarcasm in that long post djphillips or I'd find KS3 ICT at your school incredibly dull! Do pupils just log in, put the headphones on and the lesson wizard (aka VLE) commences?
  6. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    Pretty much how it goes for classes I don't teach, but it's far from dull and the subject is becoming the most popular option choice at KS4 and KS5 levels year on year. Depends on the material that you create as to whether it is boring or not.
  7. David,
    Don't get me wrong, I love your resources and use them from time to time, and can imagine kids enjoy your lessons regardless of the VLE use in them. I've just got reservations when the enthusiastic teacher is taken out of the room whether the VLE can make up for it.
    Are we saying that a teacher in a room where good VLE content is being used can add no value? (i.e that's why you commented about cover supervisors). I just feel, yes, the pupils can get the learning easily - but it's nowhere near as powerful as having a good VLE and a good ICT teacher.. ;-)
  8. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    Surely applicable to all subjects when a non-specialist is used?
  9. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

  10. We're all in agreement and the forum continues in harmony!!

    Also, "moodle up". Is that like "man up" but for techies? [​IMG] "Moodle up, kid!"
  11. Mr_John

    Mr_John New commenter

    Have you looked at 'MyLearning'.
    Comeswith over 3000 activities (2500 from Sherston),looks good and is engaging and easy to use (Primary or Secondary). And not a Techie in site.
    Will even down load YouTube videos and remove that YouTube logo.
    Trust me, I'm a teacher.
  12. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    Not even one that uses the write sight. [​IMG]
    ...so you can get arrested for a breach of copyright and licencing agreements.
  13. DEmsley, you deserve the title of PCSO of copyright on this board the way you go on about it!!!!!!
  14. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    PCSO? Please Can I Sod Off? [​IMG]
    In all seriousness it worries me incredibly that the subject has to be raised. I cannot believe professional colleagues are so blase about it to the point of suggesting and even advising as to how such crimes can be conducted.

  15. Seconded. The common belief is that licencing breaches will go
    unnoticed but most cases that end up in court are the result of
    anonymous tip offs from disgruntled ex-employees. All you need is one
    angry individual to make a few phone calls and you can end up in court.
    With the average fine for a small company running at £15,000 for a few
    dodgy copies of Office, getting hauled up could have a career shortening
    impact on your budget.

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