SCHOOL LIBRARY

A school library (or what is sometimes called a school library media centre) is a library within a school where students, staff, and often, parents of a public or private school have access to a variety of resources. The school library provides information and ideas that are fundamental to functioning successfully in today’s information and knowledge-based society. It equips students with life-long learning skills and develops the imagination, enabling them to live as responsible citizens.

Atlantic Hall School Library is a superb and innovative information centre that has been designed to complement and facilitate learning by students. It is a welcoming environment that has areas for reading as well as a reference room for students who wish to consult the reference materials for factual information in their study and research. It has the circulation section which accommodates the shelving and storage areas, flexible reading area, and internet/networked computers.

The library team encourages reading, believing that “readers are leaders” and that those who are comfortable with reading can easily divert that skill to other academic activities that require reading – whether a story that translates into other pleasurable realms or a text that informs us about new ideas or perspectives. The library enjoys helping students select reading titles that will engage and challenge them as well as improve the quality of research skills they acquire.

LIBRARY USE

Students are free to come to the library either individually at break times, after school and during their free periods at any time to borrow or return borrowed books, research or individual study time or they may be accompanied by their teachers during library periods.

The library is open Monday to Saturday.

LIBRARY COLLECTION

The library has about 15,000 books, periodicals, audio-visuals etc. for students, teachers and parents. Our collection is comprises a wide vari Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a system for delivering learning materials to students via the web. These systems include assessment, student tracking, collaboration and communication tools. They can be accessed both on and off-campus, meaning that they can support students’ learning outside the lecture hall 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This enables institutions to teach not only traditional full-time students but also those who cannot regularly visit the campus due to geographic or time restrictions, e.g. those on distance learning courses, doing evening classes, or workers studying part-time.

There are different types of VLE, which all work slightly differently but ultimately perform the same function and can deliver the same learning materials. A Higher Education institution is likely to have a licence for a VLE that fits into any one of the following three categories:

  • off-the-shelf, such as Blackboard or WebCT
  • open source (often free to use and adapt but support is charged for), such as Moodle
  • bespoke (developed by institutions for their own individual needs)

A virtual learning environment (VLE) is a set of teaching and learning tools designed to enhance a student’s learning experience by including computers and the Internet in the learning process. The principal components of a VLE package include curriculum mapping (breaking curriculum into sections that can be assigned and assessed), student tracking, online support for both teacher and student, electronic communication (e-mail, threaded discussions, chat, Web publishing), and Internet links to outside curriculum resources. In general, VLE users are assigned either a teacher ID or a student ID. The teacher sees what a students sees, but the teacher has additional user rights to create or modify curriculum content and track student performance. There are a number of commercial VLE software packages available, including Blackboard, WebCT Lotus LearningSpace, and COSE.

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