Suffolk schools benefit from new system

A NEW Learning Platform system to allow children their own online learning space is now being used by almost all schools in Suffolk. Each pupil has their own safe space on the internet to use for learning, following the inception of the Suffolk UniServity CLASS (Connected Learning Across Suffolk) Learning Platform.

A NEW Learning Platform system to allow children their own online learning space is now being used by almost all schools in Suffolk.

Each pupil has their own safe space on the internet to use for learning, following the inception of the Suffolk UniServity CLASS (Connected Learning Across Suffolk) Learning Platform.

Most are now actively using the Learning Platform that has capacity to share resources across the county or indeed the country. It opens up new opportunities for both children and teachers to access their school work from any internet-ready location, which offers massive advantages of affordable costs, including free or cheap support for teachers, as well as easy coordination between schools.

Councillor Patricia O'Brien, portfolio holder for children, schools and young people's services, said: "Our CLASS system is exactly that, an excellent state-of-the-art service for all school pupils in Suffolk. I am interested at how this system will develop to offer all children more effective learning. One of the of the advantages is that pupils can access CLASS from anywhere via a web connection.


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This system will enable children to do all their research, writing, graphics and presentations in one place, and then having it marked and instantly available."

A major part of the CLASS system is the ability to offer all state-funded school learners an e-portfolio as outlined by the then DFES. Learners are able to work in a secure social networking environment more safely than on the world-wide-web. Also from 2010 all schools will be required to report on-line to parents, and CLASS has the capacity to support this by information being available via a secure log in to the Learning Platform.

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The CLASS Learning Platform is offered free to all Suffolk state schools with free training and support for a period of three years, and for continuous support and development.

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