Congratulations to the Schoolshape Team

A BIG thank you to the Schoolshape Team for going the 'extra mile' in the production of the new streamlined version of the Online Language Laboratory. Language Lab technology has come a long way since the original labs were installed in schools with open-reel tape recorders in the 1970s. Those advances may appear seamless to our users in today's schools, but the hard work, dedication and commitment of all those involved cannot be underestimated.

Speak to Foreigners

As we all know, the main purpose of foreign language study is to acquire the ability to communicate with foreigners. Until now, the tools available to foreign language teachers have been woefully ineffective. I am pleased to say that the new version of the Schoolshape Language Laboratory incorporates a superb new tool for leveraging social networking skills.

Language Lab Conversion to html5

No more Flash in Schoolshape! A big THANK YOU to all our regular users worldwide for your patience during this lengthy update! NEW users are welcome to register their free (throughout the lockdown) trial of the Schoolshape Language Laboratory at The lab is ideal for implementing a BYOD policy and for working with 'locked down' students when they are at home or elsewhere. Users can log in at with email address + password or your school’s name, your name + password. NB When you enter a new student or student group, you will be given their initial password to send to your student/s (eg via email). They will be told to change this upon logging in for the first time.

Task Permissions

When assigning tasks in Schoolshape, there is a new 'Settings' tab available which allows you to control what students are and are not allowed to do while completing the task.

For now, there is a single option 'Students can add tutors' which allows students to invite others to assess their work, disabled by default.

Collaborate with other teachers on tasks

You now have finer control when setting tasks for your students:

  • You can set tasks for individual students or selected students within a class rather than simply for the whole class
  • You can add (or remove) students from tasks after the tasks have already started.
  • You can specify other teachers to collaborate with you on the task, for example to help with answering student questions, grading or supervision, and can also add (or remove) teachers after the task has started.

The task setting functionality is available to Schoolshape subscribers only.  Please request a free trial if you would like to find out more.