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Thinking and Learning with skooolTM : LEARN path

Blood & Circulation SimulationThe LEARN path on skoool.co.uk provides a variety of opportunities to develop conceptual understanding in academic subject areas. It provides the teacher and student with a comprehensive and flexible treatment of difficult topics in Maths and Science.

A LEARN path lesson provides the student with an opportunity for independent learning and a chance to review and reinforce difficult concepts.

Learn contains small units of multimedia learning based on a learning objective; key learning principles and ideas can be extracted, organised and synthesised by the student for learning and revision purposes. Visual aids, such as animations and images, enhance learning by providing alternative perspectives. 

Explore contains simulations that reinforce the student's understanding of a concept, setting puzzles to apply his or her learning.  The simulations also link the theory to everyday situations using the application of knowledge in an engaging manner. Students can extract and apply meaning to abstract concepts, in concrete, fail-safe environments.  A range of simulations helps the student develop a variety of skill sets. For example, the student can learn the anatomy of the heart by assembling a simulated heart from its component parts. In another activity, the student estimates the height of a building by applying trigonometric processes.

Assess allows the student to check his or her understanding of concepts in a safe, self-guided environment. The online environment provides immediate feedback and allows the student review the lesson immediately to strengthen his or her understanding. A range of investigative skills are developed, such as; predicting, controlling and identifying variables, analysing results and identifying patterns or relationships from graphs or data, carrying out mathematical calculations, identifying and suggesting reasons for anomalous results. Assess also contains a variety of assessment materials, including SAT questions.

RelateRelate provides real-world context for the student to extract meaning and understanding. It helps him or her answer the following: “How does what I am doing in school relate to anything in the real world?" Relate reinforces practical skills and applications in its animation clips and provides an opportunity to put ideas learned in the classroom into context.  This section relates to the ‘ideas and evidence’ section of the National Curriculum document.   Teachers can extend the examples from this section to encourage thinking skills and help students develop links between what they have learned and how that has been, or could be, applied to the real world.

Now You Know, the final section, helps the student see how the concepts s/he has learned lay a foundation for future learning. Activities are suggested which allow further opportunities for collaborative work, research and reporting, ICT, creative thinking and problem solving skills.

The format of the LEARN path lesson helps the student reflect on a topic and consolidate the content.  Across the site, students learn to take more responsibility for their own progress by engaging their interest in difficult subject matter through the use of a variety of learning styles, which can be selected by the individual.

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