We make use of a number of online services, both to improve communications with students and parents and in order to support learning in the school.
Please find below some useful information:
We have a learning platform called Moodle. The learning platform is a password protected site. It gives students access to digital resources which their teachers have uploaded to support learning.
All students have been issued with a learning platform user ID and password (this is the same as your computer password).
We have a secure, high speed and freely available wireless network across the whole site and this is set up so that students who bring wireless enabled devices onto the site can get internet access.
We recognise that increasingly students will need to access the wide range of information and resources available on the internet from their own devices. Our own learning platform, for instance, is web-based.
Students are allowed to bring wireless devices onto the site and, with their teacher’s permission, may use them for work in lessons.
From a parents’ point of view it is worth noting that internet access through the school’s wireless network is more controlled than through the mobile network and that it probably gives better performance. Please note we have no insurance to cover personal electronic devices so anything brought onto the site is at students’ own risk.
We are aiming to make more use of freeware software, both because it is perfectly capable of doing most of the tasks we need to achieve at school, and secondly because it is readily available for free at home. We have installed the following programs on the school network and all of these can be installed for free at home.
Open Office - a fully featured office suite, compatible with Microsoft file formats
Audacity - sound editing software
Kompozer - web-design software
The Gimp - graphics editing software
Scratch - computer programming environment
Gamemaker - games programming environment
We have an online library system called Oliver that lets students search for books not just in our library but in a range of online libraries and resource stores. Oliver can use fingerprint recognition software to speed up the issue of books and reduce the number of mistakes we make in issuing books to students. (We should reassure students and parents that finger print data is entirely secure and is held only for the purposes of issuing library books. The Data Protection Act prohibits us from passing on such data to anyone else.) If you have any queries about the new library system please contact Mr Barron, the school librarian - firstname.lastname@example.org