Welcome To Your Virtual School
Mounts Bay Academy leads the way in the UK and Europe with our High Performance Learning Programme designed to promote World Class learning for all students by providing everyone with an iPad to create independent learners ready for the challenges of the 21st Century.
We support student learning using the supplied iPad which allows parents and students to connect to our "virtual school". This allows our students to learn as effectively from home as they do in the classroom.
Students can participate in online learning sessions via video and take part in pastoral activities such as assemblies and tutor groups when they are unable to attend. On average we set around 5,000 learning tasks a week for our students which are returned, marked and feedback is given.
As such we use a number of systems for letting you know how your child is doing on a day to day basis.
Parent/carers will receive all of the appropriate login instructions for each system. If you are having difficulty please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are the parent/carer of a new student you will receive all of the appropriate login instructions for each system.
Your Child's iPad
We supply every student with an iPad to allow us to raise your child’s achievement in a multitude of ways. All we ask is that it is looked after carefully and is used in accordance with our acceptable use policy.
The majority of our educational resources are stored on our Firefly learning portal which you will be able to access using your iPad. You will also find other resources, e.g. our Interactive Student Planner stored in the library application on your iPad.
Communication is extremely important to us at Mounts Bay Academy. Alongside the email system we also use Firefly to send messages home and links to our weekly newsletter. Any contact e-mail addresses we have been given for parent/carers will be added to our systems and you will receive these automatically.
PARENT MAIL – YOUR CASHLESS PAYMENT SYSTEM
At MBA we use a system called ParentMail and this is our preferred method for communication and for parents/carers to pay for school visits/trips, make purchases like uniform and also to pay money into the Cashless Catering System.
This system is personalised to you and you have your own login and account details. It gives you the flexibility to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security standard. It means students do not have to carry around amounts of cash.
The system can be used here:
Click the video below for a ParentMail demonstration
EDULINK ONE – YOUR INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
This system is our "one stop shop" solution to let you know everything about your child’s academic achievement, rewards, attendance, behaviour and much much more.
View the online demo using the link below:
Get The Edulink App
iTunes – https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/edulink-one/id1188809029
THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL WORKFLOW
To make things easy for our students, we have a very simple workflow for our virtual school.
Find tasks from teachers on your student Firefly app each morning.
Follow the instructions in the task. Access resources signposted by the teacher.
Submit work back to the teacher for review. This could be via SeeSaw or email.
FIREFLY – YOUR VIRTUAL LEARNING PORTAL
At the heart of our learning is the Firefly Learning Portal which can be seen online at:
This system contains all of the learning materials that your child will need whilst at Mounts Bay. Each subject area uploads content to:
Teachers also use Firefly to submit home study tasks and to give feedback on them. As a parent, you can log onto the site and view the progress your child is making, including feedback from staff on how work can be improved at:
You can find out more information about how you can do this at:
There is also additional information about your child, on the Parent Dashboard for more information on this here:
Get The Firefly Parent App
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/firefly-for-parents/id1242952640
Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.firefly.parentsApp&hl=en_GB
Click on the video below to see a Firefly for Parents demonstration.
SEESAW - PRESENT YOUR BEST WORK
Seesaw is a platform for student engagement that inspires students of all ages to do their best, and show it to the world.
Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos and more to capture learning in a portfolio.
Teachers find or create activities to share with students.
Families only see their child's work and leave comments and encouragement.
It can be used online at:
Click the video below for a SeeSaw demonstration