Fill-In-The-Gaps Exercises - Schoolshape 1.1 Released

 New and noteworthy

Fill-the-gaps exercises.  You can now quickly and easily create automatically marked CLOZE exercises from any text.

Picture labelling exercises.  You can now upload a picture and ask your students to label it.  Answers are automatically marked.

Markbook export.  You can export your markbook data as a CSV file for use in Excel or another spreadsheet program.

Improved 'Do work' screen for students.  The screen layout now adjusts itself intelligently to make the best of space on small screens.

As always, these upgrades are automatically available free of charge to all users - you'll see them next time you log in.

Schoolshape In The Snow

 Whilst Britain's schools were paralysed during the early January snows, users of Schoolshape could continue learning.  Students that could reach the school grounds logged in from home to participate in class work.

One school's students completed more than 200 pieces of work between 4th and 10th January, including 'French Code Breaking - places in town', 'French Snowy Activities' and 'Lettre a Pere Noel'.

We hope the unique capabilities of our language lab will continue to support teachers both in fair weather and foul!

Induction Meetings March 2010

From 10-17 March 2010, induction meetings were held on the subject of 'Common Entrance MFL Speaking Tests: Alternative to cassette recording using online system' at Cargilfield School, Malvern College, Ewell Castle, Ronan's School and York St John University.

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2010 New Year's Language Lab Upgrade

After three months of hard work, version 1.0 of the Schoolshape Language Lab software has been released!  The Schoolshape team is working continuously on improvements and new features to help with the language learning process.

No Usernames: Teachers and students no longer have a username. Everyone now has to log in using their own names. A drop-down guesses the name after 4 characters have been typed in. Identical names within a school are differentiated on the drop-down.

Create Resources: The previous format of 'Set work using X, students must do Y' has been replaced by a more comprehensive, flexible system of creating resources. This allows the teacher to use any combination of stimuli and student responses, including pictures and multiple choice answers. It is, of course, still possible to set a simple audio or video recordings or a basic text response.

File Resources: Resources that the teacher has created are now stored in 'My Resources' under 'My Work', where they can be selected for re-use. Other resources can be selected from the Library to be used or modified.

Automatic Marking: Multiple choice questions are automatically marked and scores for each section of a task are automatically totted up.

Live Overview: From this new screen, the teacher can view, in real time, the progress of students as they complete a task. From 'My Work', select a task and choose 'Live Overview'.

Bookmarks: Students can now set bookmarks as they listen to audio and video stimuli to help them navigate back and forth through the recording.

We welcome your feedback - please contact us if you have any suggestions.

Induction Meetings: June, October, November 2009

From 9-13 November 2009, five induction meetings were held on the subject of 'Common Entrance MFL Speaking Tests: Alternative to cassette recording using online system'

The hosts were Lockers Park School, Pangbourne College, St Mary's School, Downe House and St Paul's School. The agenda included a short demonstration of Schoolshape Examination Entry, followed by a practical ICT session. These meetings were attended by language teachers from 40 prep schools.

From 5-9 October 2009, induction meetings were held at Sherborne School, Epsom College, Wellington College, Roedean School and Forres Sandle Manor School. Representatives from 42 prep schools attended these meetings.

At the June 2009 induction meeting, hosted by Charterhouse, 22 prep schools were represented.