Snow days and the effective Learning Platform. Staff connecting with the Learning Gateway.
Does the Learning Gateway support staff working when the school is closed.
Of course the Learning Gateways are used by both students and staff and so one of the other questions is did staff find it helpful on the snow day? The Gateway contains a separate area for all our staff including support staff to get key notices, look at their timetable, search for a student and access relevant data about them and whole classes and access key school documents. As well as this they have staff only subject areas for department documents and resources. Walking around the school site on Friday a number of staff commented on using the time during a snow day to update a learning area or adding schemes of work. This is supported by the statistics below with the snow day the second bar from the end.
Twynham Learning Gateway Staff visitor numbers
Again I have taken the two week trend which shows around 170-190 staff (120 teachers plus support staff) a day access the staff section of the Gateway during the 9 school days shown above. On the snow day this was impressively high with over 150 staff choosing to login and complete work online.
Twynham School Staff Gateway
From the usage analysis during the recent snow day it seems clear that the TwynhamLearning Gateways are an embedded aspect of both student and staff use. Both groups clearly use it to support both learning and teaching beyond the classroom. Its impact was further made clear to a member of staff at The Year 14 presentation evening held on Wednesday 6thJanuary. A student now studying Sociology at LSE asked if she could have access to the Learning Gateways for her first year at University. When asked what the reason for this was she said she missed the quality and ease of availability of resources that she could get from Twynham School’s Learning Gateway.