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Lead Learners

18 November 2008

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Just a quick thought to park. We have already established students as FROG Wardens to moderate posts to the student areas. One set of forums that we have created is for the explicit purpose of students supporting each other with homework. There is a different forum for each subject. It is our aim to get […]

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Musings about SIM’s

18 November 2008

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Lots of recent conversations that I have had with all sorts of people (Headteachers, county advisors, SIM’s administrators) have really opened up a can of worms regarding SIM’s – namely assessment manager, and attendance and how data can be defined and presented very differently from one school to the next. This may not seem like […]

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Parent Portal – Attendance

17 November 2008

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Attendance is one of the compulsory elements of online, real time reporting as outlined by the DCSF for one of the 2010 targets. Vision Parents can access attendance data – not just as a pie chart but as a yearly summary so they can actually see the assigned marks. Invariably when parents look at a […]

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Useful websites – Parental Engagement

17 November 2008

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Some useful websites on parental engagement: Becta “Engaging Parents in raising Achievement: Do Parents Know they Matter?” “The Impact of Parental Involvement, Parental Support and Family Education on Pupil Achievement and Adjustment: A Review of Literature.” An Ofsted survey: “Parental Involvement in Children’s Education (PICE) Survey (2007).” The Children’s Plan: building brighter futures (Dec 2007) […]

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Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement

17 November 2008

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At Costello we are at an interesting crossroads with regards to the development of a parent portal. We have something waiting in the wings, ready to go public, but are currently working closely with FROG to develop some of the key functionality that will help us to realise the 2010 targets quite a bit earlier. […]

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Improved parental engagement 2010 targets

17 November 2008

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So, by September 2010 all the secondary schools are expected to provide all parents with secure online access to: • attendance and behaviour (both positive and challenging) • progress and attainment • special needs Personally, I think the Becta toolkit on parental engagement could be more helpful with tangible ideas for schools. It all strikes […]

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Exploiting ICT to improve parental engagement, moving towards online reporting: Toolkit

17 November 2008

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Yes, all research does point to parents being able to have a positive impact on student attainment – it’s official. The Becta toolkit (published May 2008) outlines how parents can and do have a positive impact on their children’s attainment at school. It is all about how we can get parents more involved in this […]

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Data security – issuing credentials to parents

13 November 2008

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Was at a meeting today where I was talking to some colleagues and throwing some ideas around regarding parental portal. It struck me after the chat we had that there are a myriad of issues to think through regarding data security. The government has just released the latest interim report on data security/handling guidelines. Schools […]

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Forums

13 November 2008

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One of the most anticipated areas of the learning platform are the forums. To generate and perpetuate student interest and buy in to the Learning Platform from day one we wnt live with a small selection of forums, But before we did we made sure that we had students apply to be moderators, so that […]

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CONTENT IS KING

11 November 2008

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Have just been on doing some development work – generally I keep the student chatroom open when I am working on FROG in the evenings, so students can chat to me about FROG and how it is developing. Had some really interesting feedback tonight. 3 students, independently of one another asked when staff are going […]

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