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Graham
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« on: June 17, 2008, 12:56:42 PM »

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A nice article about this story appearing in the Guardian newspaper today at:

http://education.guardian.co.uk/link/story/0,,2285805,00.html

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Each student was given a Q1 - a lightweight mobile device that has wireless internet access and multimedia functions. Students enter information by using a stylus to write on the tablet, and the handwritten words are then converted to typed text. There is also a slightly awkward keyboard at the side of the screen that students can use if they prefer.

The devices are equipped with RedHalo software, which provides each student with a personal learning space where they can store their work, whether it's handwritten notes from a lesson, typed homework, photographs, videos or audio recordings. The software automatically creates a web page of the student's work, which a teacher can then access on request.

A parents' page on the school's Fronter virtual learning environment (VLE) allows direct communication with the school. At a series of four workshops, parents, students and teachers have shared best practice and study skills.

It is a bold experiment but what has it achieved? Among the students giving presentations today, it's clear that this has been a project for the whole family, not just individual students. One mother and her daughter tell the audience how they've researched recycling together and used their findings to start composting at home.

Rosalyn's mum, Patience Barnett, watches proudly as her daughter gives an accomplished presentation showing how she has taken digital photographs and manipulated them using Photoshop on Q1. Barnett believes that taking part in the project has given her daughter a real boost: "I know she's got a lot of talent, but she can be a little bit lackadaisical. This is a very versatile tool - it has given her more independence in doing things when she's wanted to do things. I think it's expanded her creativity."



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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2008, 07:32:16 PM »

Interesting about the parental involvement - this was a noted feature of the first Learning2Go project too - I wonder if it is being maintained?
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2008, 09:09:26 AM »

The project does sound very interesting and it would be great to hear more about the link between the schools learning platform and mobile i.e. providing access to learning and data for the student and well as parents.

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