Petra’s Planet for Schools is a cross-curricular, safe and controlled environment designed to empower children to become active global citizens. Inclusive functionality, including the ability to access ’twin’ classes from other countries to share information with, has made the resource highly popular in Finnish schools. It has proven to motivate and engage students between five and 12 in an online learning environment, teaching important digital and social media skills.
Created in collaboration with teachers, Petra’s Planet for Schools is an ideal resource to support the new primary computing curriculum, providing learners with a range of engaging activities for online social and community-centered skills, such as simplified email, chat, games and group activities.
Features such as a blog and a twin class, which offers students the opportunity for virtual interaction and sharing with a peer class, help teachers guide students as they develop communication, collaboration and creative skills.
Twinning with classes in different locations and sharing blog content with distant peers ensures students gain a sense of global cultural awareness and allows them to collaborate with ideas and content under their teachers’ guidance.
Kimmo Kärpijoki, business director at Petra’s Planet for Schools, commented: “Many primary teachers are currently struggling to prepare students from the new computing curriculum. This unique web-based environment offers a secure arena where young students can safely learn critical digital skills and etiquette under their teacher’s guidance, as part of any subject.”
Petra’s Planet for Schools will be on stand B85 at the Education Show, NEC Birmingham 20-22nd March, 2014.