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    Re: What does "personalised learning" mean to you?

    to me P L E means a major headache, no doubt the teachers will expect me to upload or maintain this 'environment'.

    most stuggle with simply copying files to a memory stick or another folder, so god knows what this is going to do to them.

    what use is this for primary schools, and it only increases workload for teachers and other staff.

    another bright idea from the government that shut down manufacturing, has made the ordinary working man into a criminal, and introduced more red tape than ever before.


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    Re: What does "personalised learning" mean to you?

    I've been asked to install moodle on our web server over the summer and set it up so a selection of interested teachers can start using it in Sept (hopefully the science dept, since they are the only ones with any computer savvy). I really don't see what niche these VLEs are trying to fill. Moodle doesn't do anything that teachers don't do in lessons and in section tests anyway. Is it using technology just for the sake of it perhaps?

    Failing students are not going to spend their evenings doing course work online - duh... they're failing because they DON'T do any work at home, and don't want to! So the only ones who'll use it are the proactive students anyway, and they're not the ones who need a VLE.

    It might be good if there were a reserve pool of free, fantastic lessons and tests based on the curriculum learning outcomes, which could be easily downloaded and installed into the VLE. But as I understand it, teachers have to create their own from scratch. I can tell you now that I'm going to spend many hours becoming competent with moodle, only to have teachers not use it because they don't have time (or inclination) to create the content.

    Oh well.

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    Re: What does "personalised learning" mean to you?

    And there's the problem. Relying on teachers for content - unless you find enthusiastic NQTs to champion a VLE it aint gonna happen.

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    Re: What does "personalised learning" mean to you?

    Moodle v2.0 will stress the sharing of courses and make it more transparent - but lots of people do it already.

    What about if pupils are off sick? They can see what the class is doing from home.

    What if a teacher is off sick? The lesson is there online for the students to find.

    Automatic grading, marking, time spent on the site - it's all built into moodle as standard.

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    Re: What does "personalised learning" mean to you?

    One scenario that was discussed in a blue sky session a few years back was looking at 2 types of teachers.

    Creators - these are your subjects specialists ... the experts ... the people that can create materials that are engaging and help the students learn at quite a pace.

    Facilitators - those that are a few steps ahead of the students. They understand the concepts and can help move the students through difficult areas. The important things is not that they are subjects specialists, but are specialists in knowing how students learn and can get students to use the appropriate skills. (Learning 2 Learn sort of thing).

    Imagine now that you have schools with rooms that are very large and can be partitioned off into 4 separate rooms. Each smaller room holds up to 300 PCs so you can have around 120 students in there at one go.

    Now imagine that you have 4 facilitators and 2 creators in there ... you get team teaching, you get the chance for individual tuition, you have scope for serious differentiation (which is all PL really is at the end of the day) and you get 2 subject specialists and 4 learning mentors.

    The conversation then went on to many other things like how often you would need these style lessons. Should they be 'super-lessons' to bring on key concepts or should they be at fixed periods during a unit?

    For us ... it is a chance to improve standards of T&L. A chance to increase the baseline level of resources and SoW.

    It will not work for all subjects ... but it can give many subjects the chance to share more and use other subjects to embed skills (whole school literacy / numeracy anyone?)

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    Re: What does "personalised learning" mean to you?

    But personalised learning is not only about using a VLE!!! It is about classroom practice and any outstanding practioner would have all ready begun to embed personalised learning in their lessons.

    Personalised Learning through Virtual Learning is only one part of it! Other parts of it intergrate towards the buzzword "Personalised Learning"!! For example staff will personlise their teaching to suit different learning styles. Students and Staff will embed Assessment for Learning & Effective questioning to personalise and differentiate their work and track and review progress. VLE will support all of this but will be only a part of Personlised Learning!

    Hope it made sense.. :?

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    Re: What does "personalised learning" mean to you?

    But this is an ICT forum, so I think that's why the thread is orientated around the role of VLE and the use of computers in providing personal learning.

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    Re: What does "personalised learning" mean to you?

    For us the utopian aim of allowing students to seek preferable modes of learning is incompatible with teaching the whole class, where the topic is more important that the mode of its presentation. For PL allows the range of children’s ability to be targeted more specifically and directly enabling incremental progression simultaneously, our gifted and talented seem confused with the necessity to target the lesson within the middle order. although they have been recognised as potential improvers this has no longevity and more akin to rhetoric for every day lessons.

    As neworder said it is more than technology.

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