Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Aylesbury Vale Primary

Today Geoff L (ICT Consultant) and I have been leading a meeting of primary schools in the Vale of Aylesbury area of the County who might be interested in starting to use Moodle. It's going to be a difficult job to get all of the schools in the County to a point where they are ready to meet the DfES / Becta targets of 2006.
Paul A and Emily P from two of our primary schools already using Moodle did brief presentations on what they've been doing over the last few months - and once again I was reminded of how far we've come, of the fact that a lot of what we're working on in this area is what schools are looking for anyway, and how of the fact that by attaching deadlines and targets to this sort of thing it's possible to make schools back away from it, when what it's fundamentally about are those sorts of things that they'd want - independent learning, broadening access to learning, involving parents and carers, and, and, and...
Paul showed some fantastic work from his school's Moodle in terms of use by the School Council, Creativity in Literacy (a fantastic poetry section populated by dozens and dozens of peer-reviewed poems) and a really interesting section where the pupils were uploading examples of their own work. Once we'd enabled the MP3 multimedia plugin for Moodle 1.6 (all the servers have recently been upgraded) it meant that any uploaded MP3 automatically gets a little Flash play-bar next to it, which makes the accessibility of the media files that little bit easier.
We left it that the schools there will get a Moodle in the New Year unless they tell us otherwise - it will be interesting to see who says "no thanks!".

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