Virtual Learning environments to raise attainment

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FRONTER 21 st century tool for a 21 st century education Enfield Grammar School Citizenship Department This is a presentation about why Fronter is an essential tool for teachers that enables them to raise attainment, encourage academic progress and provide support for all students.

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This is the Citizenship home page students first encounter when they click in to the Citizenship Fronter room There are links provided for students to complete student voice surveys, access current affairs and see what is new on Fronter . Further down there is a homework reminder section, links to relevant Citizenship research and information websites. Feedback section about the room and educational related videos.

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The homepage also includes eight post-it notes which link to eight important sections within the Citizenship Fronter room. There are two sections which show students the latest comments in the Fronter discussion forums and the latest resources and podcasts uploaded to Fronter .

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Do students use the Citizenship Fronter Room? Fronter enables the teacher to keep track of the usage of the room over time 3000 Individual hits since September 8000 Documents viewed/downloaded by students 530 discussion forum comment left across 20 discussion topics. 400 Different students have logged on to the Citizenship Fronter room.

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GIFTED & TALENTED SECTION Students can access further reading on the topics studied within citizenship. Students can look at detailed PowerPoints embedded in to the Fronter site to stretch their knowledge base. The G&T cohort would also be able to attempt challenging project work in the near future

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REWARDING STUDENTS Citizenship students of the month can be announced and put on display each month for all student to see and aspire to be. This section also allows the Citizenship department to reward students for their Fronter discussion forum comments

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DISPLAY STUDENTS OUTSTANDING WORK No longer do you need to find space on walls to display students work but much more work can be placed up on virtual walls for all students to see and access, and be proud of.

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STUDENT VOICE Citizenship discussion area on Fronter allows students a safe and controlled space where they can debate and discuss the latest current affairs or give virtual feedback about the school and each others work.

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YEAR 7 LANDING PAGE When students enter through the home page to the Y7 landing page they have a host of information, resources and guidance about PSHE & Citizenship education. The room provides support for all students including those that are on the SEN register or the G&T register.

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YEAR 8 LANDING PAGE When students enter through the home page to the Y8 landing page they have a host of information, resources and guidance about PSHE & Citizenship education. The room provides support for all students including those that are on the SEN register or the G&T register. Assessment criteria, support and help is provided in a virtual way to any student, learning support assistant or parent to help support their child progress in citizenship.

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YEAR 9 LANDING PAGE When students enter from the home page to the Y9 landing page they have a host of information, resources and guidance about PSHE & Citizenship education. The room provides support for all students including those that are on the SEN register or the G&T register. Above we have embedded RSS feeds to show students recent news events across the world and to see ‘ inspirational quote of the day ’ . Below are citizenship related videos hosted on the BBC & Parliament website but embedded on Fronter for our students to directly access and play.

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Year 10 GCSE CITIZENSHIP LANDING PAGE Assessment criteria, support and help is provided in a virtual way to any students when completing their coursework and controlled assessment pieces. Checklists of what to do and downloadable fact file resource pages are available

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GCSE Students are able to download and view each lessons PowerPoint. Students have access to download a homework sheet incase they lose theirs. Extension A*-C homework tasks can be set to stretch the most able students and ensure they aspire to exceed their target grades. For those students who prefer to learn from multimedia, recommended ‘ videos to watch ’ links are provided and pod casts are available about the different topics.

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Year 11 GCSE CITIZENSHIP LANDING PAGE Help and support for the Y11 controlled assessment is provided in the form of Prezi -Presentations and You-Tube clips.

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GCSE Students are able to download and view each lessons PowerPoint. Students have access to download a homework sheet incase they lose theirs. Extension A*-C homework tasks can be set to stretch the most able students and ensure they aspire to exceed their target grades. For those students who prefer to learn from multimedia, recommended ‘ videos to watch ’ links are provided and pod casts are available, to listen to, about the different topics. Y11 GCSE Students can also print out the lesson notes and create their own citizenship revision material. Y11 students also have access to view and download all the Y10 GCSE work and revision notes and home works so they can re-cap the units taught last year for their upcoming exams.

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Fronter also provides special ’ topic ’ pages where students can search around for information to then use for either their project, homework or revision. These pictures are an example of the HUMAN RIGHTS TOPIC PAGE

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SETTING EMERGENCY COVER WORK The Citizenship Fronter room has a section where cover work can be uploaded and saved for a later date. Both print outs for students to fill in or PowerPoints for the cover teacher to work through can be provided. ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO READ The Citizenship Fronter room has a section where links are posted about recent events in the news or newspaper articles which may be relevant to topics being taught or the GCSE examination content.

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CITIZENSHIP GAMES ROOM The Citizenship Fronter room has a section students are actively encouraged to play educational games related to content taught within the citizenship national curriculum.

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CITIZENSHIP COMPETITIONS Here is an example of the 2013 Y7 Citizenship conflict PowerPoint competition. Students have to create an educational PowerPoint to teach their peers about a recent world conflict . Students are encouraged to review each others presentations and give constructive feedback. May the presentation with the most views and positive feedback mentions win!

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