Home learning helps the children to engage and interact with various websites and sites for the children to enhance their learning.
Below there is a link for the Virtual Learning Environment.
Why you should use a Virtual Learning Environment
Over the years, education has benefited from a real e-revolution; with most schools and universities now have a functioning Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), at the heart of their teaching and e-learning programmes – a virtual ‘shadow’, if you will.
A VLE, or learning platform, is an online system that allows teachers to share educational materials with their pupils via the web. Examples include Learn anywhere, Moodle, WebCT and Blackboard. For a student to be able to access a ‘Virtual’ room as either a duplicate or extension of their physical classroom is a clear advantage for learners and teachers alike. Here at Ocker Hill; we pride ourselves on incorporating the VLE into their lessons and allow it to become second nature to learners and educators outside of the classroom; at home and library alike. Here are some reasons why:
• Communication – opens up an infinite number of channels in the format of forums, discussion threads, polls, surveys – instant feedback either as a group or individually
• Producing work – students do not physically have to find their teacher to hand in work due to secure virtual ‘hand-in’ folders that have time windows
• Resource hub – teachers have infinite online storage space for ppts, docs, worksheets etc. that can either be secure or shared with students
• Dynamic home pages – teachers have the opportunity to create an exciting virtual space to represent their room/subject
• Links to outside sources – pathways to all other online learning spaces are linked via the VLE
• Embedded content – YouTube, BBC, newspapers can all be embedded as the dynamic feed of the homepage
• Podcasts & videos – both teacher- and student-produced podcasts and videos have a shared platform; again, either secure or shared
This allows children to link their learning from school to home and for parents to enjoy time and have feedback linked to the curriculum; the children's learning as well as interesting information and content that is embedded into the VLE; creating a safe computing environment for children and families to enjoy.