Introducing: Child Login
by Jack on October 14
We are delighted to announce our newest feature: Child Login.
Child Login puts the child’s learning journal in their hands.
Children can now securely log in to their own account, see their observations and activities, make observations of their own, and reply via comments.
If you are looking for the nitty gritty on how this new feature works and what you need to do – you can check here for the official tutorials. This article aims to give you an overview of what our goals are and the key reasons why we think you should start using Child Login.
As is the case with many of our new features, the development of Child Login grew from requests by our customers. They wanted to give their children more autonomy and responsibility for their Tapestry journal, and for their learning. As educators, we know the importance of fostering children’s independence, and we are hoping Child Login helps with this.
Being able to log in themselves and see observations that their teachers and relatives have made will help build a stronger connection between your children and their work. As they co-create their learning journey with you, they will be linking ideas through the observations they add and the comments they make – having a learning conversation that is saved as part of their journal. It will also make them more aware of the support network around them, showing them what has previously been “behind the scenes” and revealing the people investing in them and their development.
Learning at Home
Recent circumstances have meant links between school/settings and home are more important than ever. Child Login will help develop your links with children at home, becoming part of your tool kit for being ready for home learning, whether for regular activities or longer-term periods of learning at home. Teachers can post observations/activities which contain home learning activities as normal. But instead of a child relying on their relative to help them access the work, they can now do this themselves via their own account. Each child can read the descriptions, download any attached media, and ask questions via the comment box. Creating their own observations to go into their journal gives them a special incentive to interact in this way: they will be creating their own memories for the journal.
Learning at School
Child Login can also be accessed at your school/setting. You can integrate time on Tapestry to enhance learning in any area of the curriculum. Let’s take English at upper Key Stage 2 for example: children could log in to their Tapestry account to work on a reading comprehension activity, perhaps adding observations to show their understanding of the difference between fact and fiction statements, predicting what might happen next, or retrieving information from a non-fiction text. They could upload photos of themselves making a presentation and reflect on how it went. And if they had any questions, such as words they were not sure about, they could add these as comments.
Using Tapestry in some of your Computing lessons will encourage children’s understanding of how we use technology safely as a communication, storage and information tool. Here are a few of the statements for the Computing curriculum for Key Stage 1 that can be supported using Child Login:
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Every aspect of Child Login has been designed to encourage independent learning – including child-friendly icons to support children with a visual indictor as well as the words. Children will have a sense of ownership over their learning journey: recording what is important to them, sharing what motivates them, as well as responding to and reflecting on activities that have been added by the teacher.
So, whether you are looking to encourage more independent learning, enhance the use of technology throughout your curriculum, or strengthen links with home, we urge you to give Child Login a go!