A.B. Paterson College Case Study

What are the benefits of blended learning for students?

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A.B. Paterson College's teachers understand how technology helps students learn, and how to use technology in education. The school has a blended approach to learning, and found LiteracyPlanet to be a great solution to consolidate the school's digital resources for multimodal literacy teaching.

Meagan King, Deputy Head of Junior School, Teaching and Learning, says: "As a Curriculum Leader I review all new programs on a regular basis to stay informed about current technology and curriculum programs that work well together. Curriculum development is like a giant jigsaw puzzle - all the pieces need to fit together.

“When I asked teachers to look at LiteracyPlanet, they were so positive, and the students loved it and were asking to use it ahead of any of the other platforms we had available.

“I found the customer support team outstanding to deal with. This is really important to me as after sales service is one of the most important aspects. With 28 classes, I need to feel confident that new students can be added easily and it is easy for both teachers and students to use. I felt that LiteracyPlanet would fit well with other programs we use for the teaching of Literacy at the College."

A.B. Paterson College uses LiteracyPlanet for students up to Year 9.

It complements a learning environment that enables students to be self-paced and revise concepts in their own time, and supports a strong partnership between home and school learning that helps in making homework meaningful for students.

LiteracyPlanet supports comprehensive literacy teaching across the whole Junior School, P-6. One of the most popular uses in primary is for students to input their own spelling lists to generate homework tasks specific to them. This helps to reinforce their classroom learning, and to understand how to do homework and why homework is important.

In the Senior School LiteracyPlanet is particularly useful for differentiated learning in Years 7 to 9. Teachers find that the tasks in the program are great to consolidate the explicit teaching that happens in the classroom and because it is designed for teachers sharing resources, teachers can design and share templates across classes and groups.

Students love the interactive and competitive aspects of the program, and the school has a class competition each fortnight.

Ms King says: “The students are so excited and motivated by the program. The Year 4 teacher cannot speak more highly of how engaged the students are when using LiteracyPlanet, and the way that it helps with Language Conventions in particular is amazing”.

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Location:

Gold Coast, Queensland

Type:

P-12 non-denominational college

LiteracyPlanet usage:

P-9 for spelling, comprehension, grammar, home-learning, differentiation.

Why LiteracyPlanet?

Complements blended teaching approach and offers comprehensive content for use across multiple year levels.

Teachers enjoy being able to personalise LiteracyPlanet tasks to suit the needs of each student, and find it offers great opportunities for students to consolidate learning in a fun and engaging manner."

Meagan King, Deputy Head of Junior School, Teaching and Learning.

Literacy Planet is an engaging multifaceted teaching and learning resource. Students are thriving as they utilise LiteracyPlanet in conjunction with regular classroom practices, to reinforce spelling concepts, practise comprehension strategies, elements of grammar and correct punctuation."

T. Henry, Teacher.

"I can see my friends on LiteracyPlanet - I can encourage them by giving them a virtual high five! I like that on LiteracyPlanet it times me, so I can get quicker next time. I also like the variety of tasks that my teacher sets plus I like getting points for doing tasks so that I can choose different costumes for my character to wear."

Lily, Year 3.