Revision – there’s an app for that

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A breakthrough deal has given thousands of pupils across the county the chance to take a modern approach to learning.

Students will be able to use mobile phones, iPods and tablet computers as a tool in their GCSE exam preperation, thanks to Northumberland County Council and curriculum content provider, GCSEPod.

The authority is the first in the UK to offer all schools within its county access to GCSEPod’s range of audio-visual podcasts .

Targeted specifically at Year 10 and 11 pupils, it covers 13 subjects with more than 400 titles, providing hours of virtual-learning and revision material.

Amble’s James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) and Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School (DCHS) have embraced it.

Christine Graham, executive headteacher at JCSC said: “Smartphones and handheld technology play an increasingly pivotal role in how young people consume and find information.

“GCSEPod offers all the benefits of traditional revision guides but by using technology our students are already familiar with, it can deliver an enhanced learning experience both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Maurice Hall, headteacher at DCHS, said: “It looks a very positive tool and I hope it can add to the other strategies we have to improve students’ results.”

GCSEPod is relevant to the six main UK examination boards and the IGCSE examination boards, and has been designed in terms of curriculum content, tone and technology.

Handheld technology has emerged as a key tool in the effort to engage students of all ability levels with learning.

UK schools already using GCSEPod within a revision programme have seen GCSE A-C grades rise above the national average.