The 2013 Common Entrance oral exams are complete, with a record number of 2,414 exams being completed between Monday and Saturday. Schoolshape has now successfully processed over 9,000 exams totalling more than a month of recorded audio!
This year, French continued to be the most popular subject by far, Spanish gained in popularity while German stayed a relatively exclusive subject. Also, a hearty 祝贺你们! to two candidates at Broomwood hall who submitted the first ever Mandarin exams via Schoolshape!
|No. exams submitted May 2012||No. exams submitted May 2013|
Across all subjects, Level 1 exams made up only 7% of submissions, with Level 2 accounting for the rest.
Schoolshape has built on the success of its Audio and Video Language Labs, developed in collaboration with 120 UK schools since 2008.
Teachers demanded an advanced language laboratory which could be operated anywhere, on any device, such as iPad, without the need for a special computer room. Operable both synchronously and/or synchronously, the lab had to be equally useful for acquiring all four language skills.
In 2013 the Schoolshape Language Lab is one of the world’s most advanced of language labs, used by thousands of teachers and learners worldwide.
Schoolshape’s unique architecture supports modern teaching methods in an easy to use package. Differentiation and individualization is made straightforward. An extensive library of ready-to-use language learning materials is provided for teachers and students at all levels. Our unique resource designer enables teachers to use their creativity in combining engaging materials such as YouTube videos and creative commons artwork with structured assessment.
Schoolshape users now eagerly await the rolling out of the Version 3.00 which will bring ever more sophisticated Schoolshape features onto smartphones and android tablets in addition to the existing iPad app.
From 01 September 2013, Schoolshape will be dropping support for Internet Explorer versions 6 and 7. Users visiting the Schoolshape site with one of these browsers after this date will be asked to install a compatibility plugin or switch browsers in order to continue. Support for versions 8 and 9 will be dropped at some point in 2014.
We recommend that Windows XP and Windows Vista users switch to the Firefox or Chrome browsers, and that Windows 7 users upgrade to Internet Explorer 10 or newer.
This update is part of our continuing efforts to ensure the best experience for users using our language labs while safeguarding their privacy and security.
Schoolshape have launched a new site with free interactive french resources. There are already over 300 resources available, including video, audio, games, covering all four key language skills and a range of ability levels from beginner to advanced.
There are sections on the site for materials to cover particular curriculums, and practice exam papers from OpenExam. Materials for the WJEC GCSE curriculumn are already available, and we will soon be adding sections for AQA and EdExcel syllabuses.
Educational publishers, such as Revilo and MFL Consultants have opened sections on the site where they have published some of their own materials.
New resources are being added every day - please follow @frenchresources on Twitter to keep updated:
Schoolshape now supports embedding internet radio and tv streams into your resources for high-level listening practice. When designing a resource, choose 'From the Web' and insert the address of the internet stream (beginning rtmp://..).
If there is demand, we will be working on a friendlier way to do this that doesn't involve addresses! Please let us know if you need help with this. We will be posting some examples to the public resources library soon.