Learning by Questions, the new cloud-based teaching and learning tool developed by the founder of Promethean Tony Cann, is under scrutiny from over 100 teachers in schools across 10 local authorities in the UK.
Launched this month, the £1million Feedback Study involving 50 schools in 10 local boroughs, is the culmination of 10 years of pedagogical testing with guidance from the Institute for Effective Education. Independent research shows that Learning by Questions could boost learning by more than 25% and the next 12 months will be used to fine tune the programme for teachers using it in the classroom.
As Tony explains: “In the past we’ve had success creating technology that can be adopted in schools. But we were disappointed because it did not improve learning as much as we hoped. It did not change the ‘teach from the front’ culture. Learning by Questions allows teachers to move around the classroom, with total visibility of how every learner is progressing in real time, so they can intervene most effectively.”
Learning by Questions can be used in a variety of subjects though the Feedback Study focuses on maths and the new mastery approach to which the Government committed £41million in 2016.
Roshan Bapapulle, the Maths Leader at New Regents College, a Pupil Referral Unit in Hackney, said: “We’re moving towards technology. Learning by Questions frees us to plan better lessons and explore concepts or misconceptions in greater depth.
“We’ve used other software programmes but this is different. This gives immediate feedback to our learners and that’s important for the young people we teach, who need that reassurance and focused support.”
Lakshmi Hewavisenti, the Senior Secondary Mathematics Consultant at Hackney Learning Trust, said:
“Unlike other packages that claim to ‘provide rapid feedback’ to students, LbQ empowers teachers to do just this through a personalised and non-generic process. The software is designed to alert teachers to misconceptions and difficulties as the students face them, allowing for very early intervention to be delivered.
“The progression within sets of questions has been thought through very carefully, as have the ease with which teachers can prepare and assess sessions. LbQ is a powerful tool which could effectively complement classroom teaching and really enhance the students’ learning experience.”
Learning by Questions is a cloud-based educational classroom tool that saves teachers time and increases their efficiency by highlighting which students need their help and which concepts need teaching during lessons. Students’ progress at their own pace and ability through question sets and receive immediate automatic feedback as they answer. Teachers receive live analysis and results are saved to support assessment and planning.
Funded and owned by the Bowland Charitable Trust and led by the founder of Promethean Tony Cann CBE, the team behind Learning by Questions have an established reputation for changing classrooms around the world. Further independent testing of the programme by the Institute for Effective Education confirms that using Learning by Questions could increase learning by more than 25%.
Currently undergoing a £1million Feedback Study with 50 schools in 10 local authorities across the UK and with a Beta Testing Programme to be launched in January, Learning by Questions is committed to improving education through evidence based pedagogy and will be launching in Autumn 2018.