Students at a city school have been using their mobile phone with permission from their teachers.
Besides listening to their favourite tunes or catching up with friends on social networking sites, the GCSE students at Archbishop Temple School in Fulwood used their iPods and mobile phones as a key revision resource for their exams.
GCSEPod, which covers 15 subjects, was introduced into the St Vincent’s Road school earlier this year and offering students in years nine to and 11 the chance to access a wide range of revision podcasts which could be downloaded onto their phones, iPods and iPads and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
Paul Cairns, director of new technology at the school said: “Students today consume information in a very different way to previous generations. “Because the content is readily accessible and can be downloaded easily on to iPods, iPads and mobile phones, the podcasts can be listened to on the go and at any time of the day, great for short sharp bursts of revision known to be highly effective.”
Mr Cairns said : “Historically we have taken a more traditional approach to learning, but with Smart phones, iPods and other hand held devices all being part of our pupils’ day to day lives we were keen to develop our use of new technology within education to enhance the students’ learning experience both inside and outside of the classroom.”
Archbishop Temple , like all schools, has a no mobile phones policy in the classroom.
Mr Cairns said: “We have recognised that this technology is at the heart of our students’ culture so we need to look at ways of using it to their benefit.
“We also believe that as young people are so technology savvy these days and very familiar with using a range of mobile devices, we have to take a responsible approach and help educate them on appropriate usage and the potential impact of their actions.”
He continued: “Our students have really taken positively to GCSEPod with an overwhelming amount of revision material and podcasts being downloaded.
“We are confident that this approach to revision, alongside the qualitteaching we provide, will positively impact on future exam results.”
Subjects proving popular amongst the students include English and Languages.