e-Learning in Schools
Although the e-Learning Centre does not focus on school based e-learning, this page provides links to a number of articles about e-learning in schools. It includes VLE solutions for primary and secondary education providers.
Articles in date order, most recent first.
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"Learnanywhere is a specialist primary school learning platform from Webanywhere. This primary VLE helps to raise pupil attainment, encourages parental engagement and saves time for teachers. "
Added: 7th April 2012
Constantly being updated with new functionality to meet the needs of KS1 and KS2 kids.
"Food Stories is an interactive learning resource designed by British Library Item Learning to support the teaching of Geography and Citizenship. It allows users to explore a century of revolutionary changes in UK food culture."
Added: 11 June 2007
"The Education and Training website includes suppliers, news and information for nursery, primary and secondary school e-learning."
Added: 3rd March 2012
Explore a range of solutions from school suppliers.
"The web's shift from a tool of reference to one of collaboration presents teachers with some rich opportunities for e-learning." Steve O'Hear, The Guardian, 20 June 2006
Added: 21 June 2006
Literature review in informal learning with technology outside school
"Today, however, anyone who has an interest in how children learn with digital technologies needs to look beyond institutional contexts to consider the implications of children's use of computers, mobile phones, digital television and so on as part of their informal day-to-day lives." FutureLab Report, 2004
Added: 6 June 2006
How are children learning when playing computer games? What are they learning when they create animations or websites on a computer at home?
"Featuring case studies and how-to articles by leading practitioners in the world of education" By Terry Friedman (Ed)
Added: 29 April 2006
Design for learning
"While .. traditional schools have served their purpose for decades, new models of teaching and learning have come on the scene. To prepare students for an evolving information-based society, architects are designing innovative schools to support these changes." Lisa Porterfield, CNN, 15 August 2005
Added: 26 August 2005
"Today's educational facilities -- not your parents' schools anymore."
"Handheld computers aren't simply organizers - they are fully functional computers that can run a variety of software applications. Classrooms all over the world are using handhelds for teaching and learning because of their low cost, portability, ease-of-use, and great software."
Added: 17 May 2005
Should we ban Instant Messaging in school?
"This powerful communication tool of instant messaging-wonderful as it is-is simply too tempting, too distracting in the classroom. Our students are better students without it." and "Although IM is not the end-all and be-all, it can be one technological opportunity to help engage learners of the 21st century. Sharon Texley and Donna DeGennaro, Learning & Leading with Technology, Vol 32, No 7, April 2005
Added: 9 May 2005
2 views of using IM in schools
"This handbook is designed for teachers and all educators who are currently working with, or who would like to know more about, information and communication technologies in schools." UNESCO, 2005
Added: 6 May 2005
e-Strategy - Harnessing Technology : Transforming learning and children's services
"This will use digital and interactive technologies to achieve a more personalised approach within all areas of education and children's services. It is an ambitious strategy covering all sectors for the next five years and beyond." Department for Education and Skills, UK Govt, 15 March 2005
Added: 16 March 2005
The e-Strategy has the following 6 priorities: An integrated online information service for all citizens; Integrated online personal support for children and learners; A collaborative approach to transforming teaching and learning; A good quality training and support package for practitioners; A leadership and development package for organisational capability in ICT; A common digital infrastructure to support transformation and reform.
"This is one of a series of occasional publications for those who provide support to schools, colleges and education organisations. The series aims to equip LEAs and other intermediaries with current information and resources, so that they may support schools and other education providers in working towards sustainable, embedded use of ICT." Becta 2005
Added: 22 February 2005
"Teachers' TV is the new TV channel for everyone who works in schools. An editorially independent channel offering the unique opportunity to see how other teachers teach, by letting you into the classroom."
Added: 8 February 2005
Primary, Secondary and General zones
"Switched-On Schoolhouse, a national, online secondary learning system, was implemented this fall at the school, which formerly used a paper-based curriculum." Amy M Armstrong, Alaska Star, 21 October 2004
Added: 22 October 2004
What the research says about ICT and reducing teachers' workload
"This report is based on an analysis of current research about the use of ICT to reduce teachers' workloads. It summarises the key findings and suggests resources for further reading." Becta ICT Research
Added: 13 October 2004
"Research suggests that ICT has a major role to play in achieving the Government's aim of cutting the bureaucratic burden on teachers and creating more time for teaching."
From Tribal Technology
Added: 22 July 2004
Me and my blog
"Put a child in front of a computer and you can be sure they will know how to play games and find some good joke websites on the internet. But put pupils from the after-school 'blogging' club at Hangleton Community Junior School in Hove, West Sussex, in front of a computer and they'll show you web pages they've created themselves." Teachers Magazine, July 2004
Added: 16 July 2004
Another article on the 7-year old bloggers at Hangleton Junior School
"More computers in the classroom will help learning, says technology analyst Bill Thompson, but only if we do not notice them too much." BBC News, 18 June 2004
Added: 25 June 2004
National Whiteboard Network
"Interactive Whiteboards are becoming an increasingly common classroom resource and already schools and LEAs are seeing the benefits that this technology has in transforming teaching and learning across the curriculum. Teachers are using the technology to develop their range of pedagogical strategies and are beginning to exploit the technology to act as a catalyst in enhancing teaching and learning. "
Added: 23 June 2004
Guidance on how to use interactive whiteboards across the curriculum
"A guidebook for the use of ICTs to improve the value and quality of education. Laid out in four substantive guidebooks, this kit is targeted especially towards policy- and decision-makers, school managers, practitioners, teachers and principals." UNESCO
Added: 19 June 2004
The seven-year-old bloggers
"Weblogs are sometimes criticised for being the self-obsessed ramblings of people who have little to say and too much time on their hands in which to do it. But there are gems out there - including many sites created by children. " Giles Turnbull, BBC, 14 June 2004
Added: 14 June 2004
How blogs are being used in the classroom
Added: 26 May 2004
ICT in schools: The impact of government initiatives five years on
"Ofsted's inspection of the impact of government initiatives in information and communication technology (ICT) began in 1999. Reports were published in 2001 and 2002. This report, like the previous one, draws evidence mainly from visits to schools, local education authorities and regional broadband consortia (RBCs)."
Added: 18 May 2004
Available as a PDF (453K)
"It's no secret that one of the greatest challenges educators face is lack of time. In my position as instructional technology coordinator of a large district in West Virginia, there's a constant influx of phone calls, e-mails, and requests for assistance threatening to send my day into a proverbial black hole." Bill Burrall, tech-learning, 15 March 2004
Added: 31 March 2004
the education community
"The Education Community is a free collaboration service to support school managers and teachers in the effective use of ICT. The home page contains an overview of the latest content and resources that you will find throughout the site."
Added: 19 February 2004
"Registered members can personalise their Home Page to deliver content relevant to their specific areas of interest."
"Schools across Northern Ireland are leading the implementation of a pioneering online learning strategy - C2K - aimed at enabling a dynamic shift in the way teachers teach and pupils learn for future generations. JIM KENT, vice-president and general manager of infrastructure providers HP Services in UK and Ireland, tells JANE BELL how the groundbreaking initiative can act as a global example of e-learning and best practice." Jane Bell, Belfast Telegraph, 17 February 2004
Added: 17 February 2004
Connectivity in education
"In this issue of WWWTools for Education we explore different sorts of connectivity, its importance in modern educational practice, problems and issues, current situations and future trends." Graeme Daniel, 10 February 2004, wwwtools for teachers
Added: 10 February 2004
Looks at different types of connectivity with particular emphasis on broadband
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Added: 2 February 2004
"Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT). The association was established in 1984 and has become the key influential professional association for those working in ICT in Education."
Added: 2 February 2004
"The Naacemark has been developed by Naace, in association with Becta. It is an award which recognises a school's success in developing and implementing a strategic approach to ICT. It provides a framework for using ICT to enhance teaching and learning and provides opportunities for the school community to develop ICT capability "
"Becta is the Government's lead agency for ICT in education. Working to support the development of ICT in education throughout the UK, Becta's unique contribution is to combine knowledge of the needs of education with an understanding of the power of technology."
Added: 2 February 2004
CELEBRATE is a large-scale project co-ordinated by European Schoolnet and supported by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies Programme (IST). Its aim is to examine how new, more flexible forms of digital content called Learning Objects (LOs) can enhance teaching and learning in schools across Europe."
Added: 1 February 2004
"The major features of the portal will be available when the full pilot phase commences on 15 January 2004 and we hope to provide schools with access to approximately 1000 LOs by the end of the project."
"When we think about learning, we often tend to think about schools, universities, colleges. If we go a little further and think about learning outside school, we might begin to consider museums, galleries and science centres. What we often tend to overlook, however, is the sort of learning that goes on as part of our normal day-to-day activities when we don't even think we are learning. Today, however, anyone who has an interest in how children learn with digital technologies needs to look beyond institutional contexts to consider the implications of children's use of computers, mobile phones, digital television and so on as part of their informal day-to-day lives. How are children learning when playing computer games? What are they learning when they create animations or websites on a computer at home?" Julian Sefton-Green, WAC Performing Arts and Media College
Added: 30 January 2004
Is outsourcing a good idea in instructional technology?
"Schools have a history of ownership that makes the outsourcing of services a cultural anathema. Most schools hire transportation workers, mechanics, maintenance men, electricians, cafeteria workers, and security guards. Although they work in school districts, none of these individuals or the functions they perform is remotely related to education. Just as many business have looked for cost savings by outsourcing non-mission critical services some schools have begun to ask the same question, "Could this be done as well or better for less money by an outside service agency? "It is not surprising given, the "culture of control," that schools have approached technology services by focusing on internal resources rather than the wide range of external resources available to them." Peter Reilly, LHRIC.org, April 2001
Added: 28 January 2004
Although a couple of years old, this article is still very relevant to those who are considering outsourcing IT within a school environment
"The new reference document Paving the way to excellence in e-learning has been produced by the NLN Materials Team at Becta, to share the procedures that are followed to ensure the e-learning materials commissioned for the NLN are of the highest quality possible. The guidelines cover pedagogy, accessibility (both design and technical requirements), technical standards and quality assurance. It also contains information about the implementation and dissemination activities carried out by the team to integrate the NLN materials into the post-16 sectors." National Learning Network
Added: 22 January 2004
"ImpaCT2 is one of a number of projects commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills and managed by Becta with the aim of evaluating the progress of the ICT in Schools Programme."
Added: 16 January 2004
"It is a major study carried out between 1999 and 2002 involving 60 schools in England and is one of the most comprehensive investigations into the impact of information and communications technology (ICT) on educational attainment so far conducted in the United Kingdom "
"These research papers investigate the overall effect of Information and Communication Technologies [ICTs] on learning and teaching." Dept of Education and Training, Government of Western Australia
Added: 16 January 2004
Fulfilling the potential - transforming teaching and learning through ICT
A document from the Department for education and skills in the UK.
Added: 16 January 2004
Foreward by Charles Clarke
"This website has been built by MirandaNet to support The Department for Education and Skills roadshows project of 2002. It contains summaries and results of research into e-learning. Users can access an overview of the research, individual summaries and, where possible, the sources themselves. This is very much a snapshot of research published up to April 2002. It is hoped to add to this and provide a growing resource"
Added: 16 January 2004
"Welcome to the future and the Paperless Classroom! Eminence Middle School is located in Henry County, Kentucky. We are testing and experimenting with one-on-one technology. Our classroom uses Windows CE and Pocket PC based Personal Digital Assistants (we call them PDAs.) We are running a paperless classroom with the PDAs. All homework and reading assignments are done on the PDAs. We do not use copied ditto sheets or heavy textbooks. All of this is accomplished in a 7th and 8th Grade Language Arts class, not in a math or science classroom. This is not a sci-fi notion, it is reality at Eminence Middle School, EMINENCE, KENTUCKY!"
Added: 16 January 2004
Also has a very useful How To site for using Pocket PCs (http://www.paperlessclassroom.org/howto/default.htm)
"Teachers are expected to use new technologies, and to integrate computers into classroom work. But where can teachers who are just beginning to develop their computer skills get help and support and advice? "Computers for Lunch" is a cost-free, stress-free and relevant skill-building "class" which teachers anywhere can work on in their own time and at their own pace."
Added: 21 January 2002