The latest release of Schoolshape now available for all users includes the following much-requested features:
1. Long resources. Our new 3D paging system lets you create resources with up to 100 activities and have them displayed well on screens of all sizes.
2. Video calling and broadcasting. Teachers using the video language lab can now make video calls to students, and can broadcast their classes via live web video.
This latest release is the last major milestone before we reach our goal of covering all features offered by all traditional language labs by the end of 2011.
Schoolshape's new resource library features a 3D interface which makes finding appropriate resources literally two clicks away. Resources can be searched and filtered by subject, level, topic, skill, grammar point, publisher and more. The library is automatically filtered by subject, level and age appropriateness for your students - visit the 'My Settings' page to check that these are correct. Resources can be organized by level based on almost any criteria scheme, including national curriculumn descriptors, the European Common Framework, IB, GCSE, A-level, Common Entrance attainment targets and more.
Several publishers working with Schoolshape now have their own sections of the library. To browse these, click 'By Publisher' in the library. Some resources are offered by publishers for free, while others, marked with a currency symbol, can be purchased through Schoolshape's invoicing system.
Other improvements include
Students can now access the resources library, allowing them to take more responsibility for their learning by selecting their own learning resources. Currently, self-selected resources are not saved to students' portfolios or sent to the teacher - we expect this to come later this year. The feature can be turned off from the 'Subscription' screen.
You can now insert Youtube videos and other flash animations and games directly into Schoolshape resources. See how to insert YouTube videos for full instructions.
Other improvements include:
Randomization of multiple choice questions - students will now find it harder to look over shoulders of others to find answers to multiple choice questions as ordering and layout is now randomized for each student!
Increase in font size for easier reading
Retrieve password via email for teachers to retrieve passwords without contacting their school administrator
Speed improvements make Schoolshape load faster, especially for students
Schoolshape is now working with established language publishers, Revilo. Revilo will soon be releasing examples of their materials at french-resources.org, german-resources.org and spanish-resources.com. They will also be accessible from the Schoolshape Resources Library.
Schoolshape would appreciate your feedback on these high quality MFL resources from Revilo, which cover the full ability range, from beginner to A Level. Please contact us if you have any comments.
The latest upgrade to Schoolshape includes a few little extras which weren't quite ready for release in version 2.4.
The main item is the new drag-and-drop activity, which lets you create activities which re-order sentences, gap fills where students must pick from several alternatives and similar activities.
Create a gap fill activity, enter text and choose the parts that students must fill in as per normal. Then, click the spanner icon in the top right of the activity and select 'Drag and drop'. Clicking on 'Student answer view' in the left hand bar will let you test out what the student will see.
Other extras include:
- moving around activites and resources using the tab or enter keys;
- controlling whether marking of picture labelling and gap fill activities is case sensitive - click the spanner icon in the top right of the activity to change this; and
- further improvements to the new resource layout, which now works seamlessly with screen control and supervision.