Ow can Virtual Learning Environments promote parental engagement in childrenas learning

Literature Review

Title: How can Virtual Learning Environments promote parental engagement in childrenas learning.


Essay and abstract reviewing the literature in your chosen area of ICT

This part of the assessment will be an essay that reviews the literature in the chosen area of ICT and education. You should put together a coherent discussion or argument that links the literature together. The essay should go beyond the description of the work of a number of authors; you should critically analyse the material. All essays must include a clear introduction where your basic ideas for your discussion are clarified and a conclusion drawing the main ideas discussed together. As this essay is based on a review of literature you will be expected to draw on books, newspapers and the Internet as well as journal articles.

You need to be very careful that you donat write this essay by starting with a discussion of the journal article you used in the presentation and then go on to deal with other articles in the same way. You must develop your skills in reading a range of literature and drawing out the key points that are relevant to your discussion.

Once youave finished the essay you should write an abstract which is 150 words long.

The essay should be approximately 2,400 words long. A full Harvard style bibliography of references should be included. Only texts referred to in the essay should be included.

Criteria for assessment:
1. Presentation: The essay should be written using the following components:
a? Word-processed in 12 point font, Times New Roman or Arial
a? single spacing with an extra line space between paragraphs
a? Quotations and the ideas of other authors appropriately referenced using the Harvard system
a? A bibliography at the end (include books referred to in the text only).
a? A word count of around 2,400 words (+/-10%). The word count must be stated at the end of the essay.

2. Abstract: An abstract of about 150 words should be placed at the beginning of the work. This should indicate the key aspects of the essay and an indication of the conclusions.

3. Introductions must:
a? State your aims/intentions for the essay
a? Introductions may also:
a? Provide context/background for the essay
a? Define key terms
a? Rephrase the question
a? Provide signposting for the reader as to how the essay is organised

4. Main essay: Your essay should draw together some of the more significant literature in the chosen field in the form of a coherent argument. The essay must include a clearly defined introduction outlining what you intend to achieve by the end, and a conclusion summarising the important points.

Brief outline of the essay/points to consider:

Title: How can Virtual Learning Environments promote parental engagement in their childrenas learning.

a? The importance of parental involvement/home-school links
a? Definition of VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
a? A review of the benefits of the use of virtual learning environments at home
a? Barriers to using VLEas at home: digital divide, parentsa ICT skills, socio-economic barriers
a? Overcoming the barriers a suggestions
a? Online reporting
a? Virtual learning environments:Are they effective in providing opportunities for pre-teaching at home?


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BECTA 2008c A Review of the Evidence on the Use of ICT in the Early Years Foundation Stage BECTA: Coventry

BECTA 2009a An Exploration of parentsa engagement with their Childrenas Learning Involving Technologies and the Impact of this in their Family Learning Experiences

BECTA 2009b Exploiting ICT to Improve Parental Engagement. Moving Towards Online Reporting

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BECTA 2010b School use of learning platforms and associated
technologies a Case study: Primary School 2 BECTA: Coventry

BECTA 2010c School use of learning platforms and associated
technologies a Case study: Primary School 3 BECTA: Coventry

BECTA 2010d School use of learning platforms and associated
technologies a Case study: Primary School 4 BECTA: Coventry

BECTA 2010e School use of learning platforms and associated
technologies a Case study: Primary School 5 BECTA: Coventry

BECTA 2010f School use of learning platforms and associated
technologies a Case study: Primary School 6 BECTA: Coventry

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DfES 2007 Statutory Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage Nottingham: DfES

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Gillespie, H, Boulton, H, Hramiak, A, J, Williamson, R (2007) Learning and Teaching with Virtual Environments, Exeter, Learning Matters

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Ofsted 2007 Parents, Carers and Schools London: HMI

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