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« on: January 29, 2008, 08:52:39 PM »


This is a video that shows our school philosophy and the type of working environment that enables three teachers in their own time to develop a piece of software that as working professionals we believe enhances the use of ICT within an education environment

http://www.schoolbuk.com/about/press.html Schoolbuk

schoolbuk.com is a technology that enables desirable practices such as collaborative content creation, peer assessment, formative evaluation of student work, individual as well as group reflection on learning experiences, and up-to-date information regarding changes in collaborative spaces, and can be used in the development of authentic learning resources.

This Social Learning Environment and uses Web 2.0 technologies and can be accessed on a mobile phone, ipod touch, UMPC, laptop or desk top computer.

Visit schoolbuk.com and log in as a guest.  Username: guest Password: guest

Blog

http://www.schoolbuk.com/jo.verrier/blog/
A blog is a content development and management technology that enables the interactive and intercreative engagement amongst students and between students and teachers.  The Blog enables desirable practices such as individual as well as group reflection on learning experiences.
The key feature of the blog is the facility for others to interact with what has been posted; creating discussion, and, sometimes friendship.

Workbook
A workbook is a sophisticated content development and management technology that enables students to create e-portfolios and teachers to create interactive e-text books. The workbooks encourage practices such as collaborative content creation; peer assessment; and formative evaluation of students work.
The key feature of the workbook is to facilitate the creation of e-text books for teachers and e-portfolios for students.

Library
A Library is an online e-library where students can access all the e-text books that have been created by teachers that are relevant to their studies.  The library enables teachers to publish their e-text books to specific year groups or teaching groups, enabling collaborative content creation and the development of authentic learning resources.
The Key Features of the Library is the ability of collaborative content creation and the publication of e-text books to specific students.

Locker
Is where students and teacher can upload all their files, ranging from word documents, through to MP4 and movie files.  This not only enables files to be linked elsewhere in schoolbuk.com, but also acts as an online storage of any work create by students and teachers enabling it to be accessed anywhere..
The Key Features of the Locker is the ability to upload a wide range of documents and is online storage for any work created.

Networking
The Networking facility connects students with others who have similar interests and connects teachers to the students that they teach.  Networking enables up-to-date information regarding changes in collaborative spaces and facilitates online contact between students and students; teacher and teacher; student and teachers.

The Key Features of Networking is the facilitation of connecting students and teachers alike.

If you are interested email me on jo@schoolbuk.com
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008, 10:02:48 PM »


Schoolbuk is a legitimate company,currently  run by teachers in their spare time who have developed something that they genuinely use.

Schoolbuk accounts can only be created by registered schools for teachers and students and each school is a unique walled garden. It does not have an open sign-up and all data is hosted in the UK.

Student information is only visible to students and teachers from their own school and only once they have logged in

We are teachers trying to create a solution from the grass roots rather than being told by government what we need in Education.

Please feel free to give us feedback

If you are interested email me on jo@schoolbuk.com


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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2008, 09:25:31 AM »

With schoolbuk we've tried to keep things as simple as possible. We looked at using off-the-shelf stuff like moodle in our school a year or so ago and found that with things like needing to enroll students onto courses before they could access them was cumbersome.

we wanted something where we could just publish our materials quickly without having to worry about whether kids could access it in the lesson.

It started off with just a very simple blog, teachers had a space where they could post links to websites that students might find useful, and they could do it in a few seconds during a lesson if the need arose.
as teachers used it, they found that they wanted space for more permanent items, so the blog evolved into a more sophisticated system of workbooks which also gave students a place to make e-portfolios.

The main aim is to make content creation as simple as we possibly can so that anyone can access it and produce basic pages even without training. This was something we found difficult with some of the offerings that we looked at.

We certainly didn't look at everything on offer, but because we had the resources to create our own, we quickly found that we got exactly what we wanted rather than having to make something else fit

Elements are still under development and we are looking at changing the 'inbox' to a planner and including a Individual Learning Plan, and some kind of markbook.

If you are interested email me on jo@schoolbuk.com

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