In 2007, my school won a national award for extending learning opportunities through the use of technology (Becta, 2007). One of the things that we did was to use online learning spaces to enable five to seven-year-olds to learn with and from all kinds of other people – sometimes locally and often all around the world.
Through those online spaces children were able to bring their home experiences into the classroom and extend our classroom activities and discussion out beyond school. It was not so much that “it takes a village to educate a child”, as bringing the village closer to the child – and on their terms.
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