speckytecky (16th March 2009)
What are your experiences of the Learning Platform in Primary Schools?
I have searched the Internet and found very little information on how teachers are using it effectively. I am really enthusiastic and would like to share my enthusiasm with like minded teachers. I have just started a blog Primary Learning Platform on which I am going to post about my experience and would appreciate any comments or ideas.
I am also creating a list of Learning Platforms used by Local Authorities and whether they are used at Primary level, Secondary level or both. Either post below or leave a comment on my blog and I will update my list.
speckytecky (16th March 2009)
Ashford Rural Cluster (ARC) in Kent - RM Kaleidos
Kent (BSF Waves 3-4) - Fronter through Northgate
West Sussex - Moodle
East Sussex - Uniservity
Brighton and Hove - Uniservity
Medway - Uniservity
Hertfordshire - RM Kaleidos
Kent (General) - Kent Learning Zone (based on ScarePoint)
London Boroughs - Fronter through LGfL
That's all I can think of now.
Here we use RMs Kaleidos at all but one of our Secondary Schools, I can't remember what the other secondary is using but it could be Blackboard.
For our Primary Schools they currently use Netmedia but are in the final stages of selecting a new platform. The front runners are the new one from Netmedia (although not really finished yet to my knowledge) and Uniservity.
Are you Derbyshire or City? I've looked at the city VLE.
I am Derbyshire.
As part of a project I was running I looked at HoneyComb. I was considering whether to add them to a sharepoint structure. I'm aware that it can be put in to sharepoint.
I think its worth a look. You can even have a test account
HGfL: ICT Good Practice Case Study - Knutsford School
Doncaster (South Yorkshire) is using Frog Teacher for both Primary and Secondary. Primary is not yet rolled out but Secondary is but how much its being used I don't know.
Cambridgeshire uses a bespoke version of Digitalbrain developed specifically for primary, initially to our own specification. We badge it as 'Starz' here, though other schools and authorities have their own We have been running it very successfully since 2005 and are due to launch version 2 in September, using technology which Digitalbrain have developed based on our and others' experiences
Over 90% of our schools use the system and, as the advisory service, the key for us to getting it used has been a combination of child-friendly tools and a lot of effort going in to providing or stimulating activities that schools and individual learners can take part in. We run something like 20 projects per term centrally, in addition to whatever schools do themselves.
I really appreciate all your comments and information and have been updating my blog with all your responses. This is a really friendly forum and I have been made to feel welcome. Many thanks
Little-Miss (21st February 2009)
We've just started using StudyWiz in Sheffield
yep studywiz in hampshire as well. Only just got it and seems great so far. Has different interfaces for primary and secondary.
The majority of Norfolk primaries (300+) use Netmedia, although there are a few using Frog in conjuction with a local secondary.
GeekChick (20th February 2009)
Brighton & Hove Authority are rolling out Uniservity to all Primaries/Secondaries - although most secondaries are already running with their own platforms (SharePoint, Frog, Fronter), so a bit of a mixed bag.
I would be interested in seeing your list when you have compiled it....
GeekChick (22nd February 2009)
I would suggest trying Moodle for your primary school, gives you enough flexability without being tied to any contracts. I'd be willing to give you a hand in setting it up and passing on any information I have created into documents so far for our school.
Give me a PM, more then happy to help.
Hi I am creating a VLE for a primary school for my final year dissertation at University, I was wondering if anyone would be kind of enough to give me some insight into what spec I should produce, I have knowledge of Learning Platforms within secondary schools, but not with primary schools so I was wondering if anyone could give me some useful pointers, any information on the design, layout, colour schemes, anything at all would be really useful, thank you.
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