At St Joseph's we use a number of Virtual Learning Environments, these are designed to enhance our student's learning experience by including computers and the Internet in the learning process.
Listed below are the programs we use at school and the information you need to get involved at home.
Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. With AR, teachers can create a reading programme to meet the needs of every student.
Using information generated by the software, teachers can help students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. In addition, it helps teachers to monitor students’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills taught through other reading schemes.
How it works
1. Determine a reading level
A student’s reading level is determined through the STAR reading assessment. Each student is then allocated a range of books.
2. Set practice goals
Teachers are then able to set individualised reading goals for each student, based on the quantity, quality and difficulty of the books read. Students and their parents can be involved in the ongoing monitoring of progress toward these goals.
3. Personalise practice
Personalised reading practice means that students read books of interest at their own reading level.
4. Students take an AR Quiz
AR offers over 25,000 quizzes, with new quizzes constantly added for the latest and most popular fiction and non-fiction books.
5. Receive instant feedback
AR provides teachers with immediate information, helping them to monitor the comprehension skills of each student and inform further instruction or intervention. Students and parents get instant feedback to help motivate success with the use of reports.
ConquerMaths is a learning programme that concentrates on teaching the maths principles using animated and narrated maths lessons. Each bite-sized online lesson has been designed to teach maths in a logical, step by step manner.
How it works
1. Hunt out gaps in knowledge
Many topics include Maths Diagnostic Tests that test students' knowledge of the principles that will be taught in that topic. Questions are presented on screen for students to either type in the answer or complete a task using drag and drop. Some questions include multiple parts.
Students receive instant feedback on their performance in each question and receive a full printable report at the end of the test.
The report highlights specific ConquerMaths lessons that need to be taken to have a full and good understanding of the topic.
2. Learn from the video lessons
The lessons are kept short, around 3 to 7 minutes long using simple animation and all are narrated by the same expert maths teacher, Pat Murray.
Students are given full control over the pace of each lesson. They can Pause and Rewind the teacher whenever they begin to struggle and rewatch and relisten to any part of any lesson as often as needed.
3. Ensure a rock-solid understanding
After watching the lesson, ConquerMaths tests what students have just learnt using an automated test. The results are stored in an on-going progress report for each student. This provides a full and useful record of learning and achievement.
4. The perfect answer
Where a lesson includes a worksheet, after answers have been submitted and students have reached the required level, printable fully worked solutions become available showing every step which should be taken to reach the correct answer, just as it should be done in a maths exam.
These are a great help for students as they enable students to identify problems in their working out.
5. Earn Rewards - Everyone needs a pat on the back!
As students progress through the lessons and master each topic, they win certificates based on their achievements. These can be printed out and kept.
Espresso is the video-rich, cross-curricular service that has won multiple awards.
Suitable for Foundation to year 6 pupils, Espresso is guaranteed to make every lesson memorable and strengthen pupils' deeper learning and understanding.