New and noteworthy:
Tasks can be shared between teachers. For example, you can set work for your students and ask your teaching assistant to monitor students and mark their work. The results will appear in your markbook. Click the 'Advanced' tab when setting work to unveil this option.
Improved library and my resources. The interface has been streamlined, making it much easier to search for teaching resources and browse by category. We have recently also added many new French listening resources.
Speed improvements. Welcome for those using older computers, the software is now much faster in many areas, especially in marking work and opening resources. Loading the software and logging in is also much faster, and files are cached for improved performance.
Improved markbook. The markbook is now more clearly laid out, and you can easily page through past work for any group of students.
Improved control setting tasks. You can now specify when your students are allowed to start tasks as well as set a deadline, or specify that the task can be completed at the students' leisure.
As always, these improvements are automatically available to existing users at no additional charge.
These will be the last set of improvements before we release the 'Live' version of Schoolshape, due in the summer, featuring collaboration features, control of students screens, and teacher to student calls. This will be the biggest upgrade to Schoolshape ever, so we're looking forward to letting it loose in the classroom!
From winter 2009 to spring 2010, Schoolshape Examination Entry was used to record 1,120 mock exams at 41 different schools in the UK. In total, 117 hours and 12 minutes of audio was successfully recorded, including French, German and Spanish exams.
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.
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!
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.