Twynham School Learning Gateway 2007-10 Chapter One part 2- Class and Student Data

March 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Accessing timetable and class data

Below the quick links, icon and data bars teachers are directly displayed their timetable which shows the current teaching day which can be expanded to show a two week view.

From here the teacher can access class data in one click and individual student data in two. Clicking on the class name instantly brings up the following page with core data about the students in the class. Again student names have been removed.

Individual Student Data

Clicking on the data link next to any individual student name brings up their key information. This includes: parent contact details; student timetable; attendance in both tutor time and lessons; achievement and attitude to learning grades across a key stage. The design of the page was created by both students, who can also access the information through their ‘My Progress’ page and parents, who get to the data through their ‘My Child’ link. Students particularly wanted all the key data to be viewable in one page with traffic lighting so that green shows positive progress and orange and red showing factors which might hinder progress.

The timetable, tutor time attendance and lesson by lesson attendance all show a collapsed view which can be expanded to show full view within one click.

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Twynham School Learning Gateway 2007-10 Chapter One part 1- The Staff Gateway

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The Staff Gateway is built with functionality and efficiency in mind. One of the key pieces of feedback from teachers is frustration at the time it takes to get access to data and confusion at the number of systems they have to use. As a result we have built a simple and intuitive interface where access to data and resources is always available within 3 clicks.

Top Navigation

Where possible icons are used to create a more visual interface and the icon bar allows staff to get to their most used resources instantly. Above the icon bar are quick links to related sites where staff have free access dependant on permissions.

To the right of the icon bar is the ‘My Data’ toolbar. This contains four drop downs to data which teachers will use on a daily basis. The most frequent feedback we get from teachers about using data is if they could use one system less than the currently do (and ideally not at all) it is the MIS (Management Information System). ‘My data’ allows teachers to: check the latest attendance of students in their classes; identify and target for action students falling below 90% in their tutor groups; examine which students in their classes are under performing compared to their targets; look retrospectively at results data for performance management purposes. We will show examples of My Tracker/My Results later. Examples of My Registers and My Tutor Group are shown below with student names removed.

Twynham School Learning Gateway 2007-10. Serialisation on SharePoint in Education.

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Firstly, I hope you dont mind indulging me this morning but a little context is needed.

Twynham School is about to reach its three year anniversary of working on e-learning in education with a Learning Platform. Lots of things were already happening when I arrived in September 2006 on the e-learning front: the school had SharePoint for staff and student gateways; podcasting was very well developed especially in languages; streaming media was in place; a wide range of web technologies were being trialled through our Leading Edge work. In October 2006 one particularly innovative Psychology teacher pioneered a ‘Gateway’ as he called it for his 6th Formers to use as a communication tool and resource area. Mr Brown was even innovating with a Psychology blog before I knew what blogging was!

 All of this was the precursor to our first whole school work with a Learning Platform which began on March 22nd 2007 when we launched our Revision Gateway. Within a year the tech guys working on this development had produced a 30 page guide to our work which simply became know as ‘The PDF” in internal circles. This led to our excellent (at the time!) but now outdated showcase site know as supporting learning. In the last two years a lot of development has taken place and as I looked back at ‘The PDF’ I realised it was time for a serious update!

As a result I have put together an e-book called ‘Twynham School Learning Gateway 2007-10′ which is currently 28 pages and 5 chapters long. By the time it is finished it should be around 35-40 pages and 8-10 chapters long and will be made available both through this blog and our new showcase site as a complete e-book on Monday March 22nd. During the next 3 weeks I will be blogging 2-4 pages of the e-book a day as a serialisation here on SharePoint in Education.

What the e-book is and is not.

The main aim of the book is to give an overview of the development of our Learning Gateway over the last three years. It is not intended to give a detailed account of how and why we did everything- that is the purpose of this blog and the many presentations we give at events. A version with all the detail in would be over 100 pages and is perhaps a proposition for another time. The e-book is also not very text heavy but contains over 50 screenshots so far and will only be about 5,000 words when finished. Hopefully the main idea is to share our practice and maybe even inspire?! Well lets not hope for too much…. Chapter 1 will start today.
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Snow days and the effective Learning Platform. Staff connecting with the Learning Gateway.

February 4, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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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.

Snow days and the effective Learning Platform. What happens when you further engage students?

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What happens when you further engage students in aspects of the Learning Gateway?

One interesting thing about the timing of the snow day is the fact that it followed a major launch the day before. On Wednesday 6thJanuary we launched our new Online Options system to the whole of year 9 in assembly. We have had an Online Options system for three years at TwynhamSchool but a new build aimed at further engaging students with a face lift and new videos was quietly made live on Monday 4th January. After the launch on Wednesday morning we would expect a surge in numbers as students can independently look at all possible GCSE subjects from both within school and at home. The statistics for the first week of spring term are below.

Statistics for the launch week of Online Options and the new site

The statistics show that students started to find the site on Monday and Tuesday when returning to school. On Wednesday and Friday when the launch plus PSHE lessons being in the IT rooms to allow students to look at the site saw 247 and 269 students visiting. What is astonishing is the highest day for visitors during the week was Thursday when 271 students visited the Online Options site even though the school was closed. The feedback on the new site has been overwhelming positive and the evidence shows that when something is both well created and seen as valuable by students they will use it heavily. With just 250 students in year 9 the vast majority visited the site on the snow day with some students from other year groups taking an inquisitive look. Looking at the number of pages viewed some students viewed as many as 280+ pages on the new site.

Student comment video on the French Options page

Snow days and the effective Learning Platform. Students connecting with the Learning Gateway

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Closure day 7th January 2010. How did students connect with the Learning Gateway

On Thursday 7th January when the school closed the notice on the website reminded parents and students that the Learning Gateway was available to support students with their study during the closure day. Whilst we do not expect students to use just the Learning Gateway as they had homework and textbooks available the Learning Gateway hosts a rich range of learning resources to support students. With A-level and GCSE students completing modular exams the following week having both GCSE and A-level Revision Gateways well resourced should be a fantastic resource.

Twynham Learning Gateway Student visitor numbers

The statistics above again show the last 5 days of autumn term and first 5 days of spring term. On 7 of the 9 days when the school was open around 900 students logged into the Learning Gateways, mainly from within the school. On the last day of term before Christmas student logins are below 500 as the school closed before lunchtime. The highest day of logins was Wednesday 6thJanuary when a large amount of training on the Online Options system was taking place. The overall trend is 900 logins per day. On the snow day (second bar from the right) when no school computers were available 774 students logged into the Learning Gateways from home. This is an astonishing 86% of the average logins on a normal school day. What is clear is that students see the Learning Gateway as an integral part of their learning.

Maths Revision Gateway helps students to prepare for the GCSE exams in January

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