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Ocker Hill Infant School

Gospel Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 0DS


Home learning

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.

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