The questions you should ask any edtech company before you buy
As school leaders know only too well, it is crucial to carry out a thorough due diligence process before making any investment with precious school funds. But when buying an edtech product this is particularly important. While new advancements are exciting and present educators with opportunities, SLTs are right to approach such propositions with a healthy sense of caution and plenty of questions.
Like many edtech businesses, we are passionate about progress at GCSEPod. Our mission is to continually improve our platform and our content to help learners and educators to achieve their goals. To do so, we must always stay ahead of the curve and introduce things that are new and innovative.
But this means building a strong and clear dialogue with both existing subscribers and those schools that are discovering GCSEPod for the first time. We understand that we have a responsibility to both showcase our product clearly and transparently, demonstrating value for money in tough financial times.
To help school leaders along the way, we’ve jotted down the answers to some of the most likely questions they will have about GCSEPod and the role it can play in their school.
What does GCSEPod do?
GCSEPod is a digital learning tool focused on delivering subject knowledge to learners in a concise audio-visual format known as Pods. Each 3–5 minute Pod is packed with information, can be viewed on desktop or mobile devices, and is supported by a number of other layers of functionality. These include:
- A 40,000 strong Question Bank
- Playlist functions
- Assignment setting tool
- Revision planner
Students may use GCSEPod simply as an independent study tool to close knowledge gaps during exam revision. However, many schools across the country have now enjoyed great success in embedding GCSEPod into the classroom and within schemes of learning.
Why would students want to use GCSEPod?
GCSEPod is designed for learners of the 21st century. It gives young people the opportunity to study and gain knowledge on the devices that they are most comfortable with – be it a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone.
The feedback we regularly get from our subscribing schools is that learners love being able to access our Pods at any time, anywhere. Each Pod is packed with relevant information yet simply delivered, meaning that even those students with the shortest attention span remains engaged.
From the highest achievers to reluctant learners; boys and girls; GCSEPod has been found to appeal to students from across the spectrum.
Is there proof that it works?
Absolutely. The advantage of modern digital tools is that tracking performance and gathering data is much easier than in generations gone by. Through our platform, teachers can track not only student viewing figures for our Pods but also map these against performance over time.
While the anecdotal evidence we have received from our 1,000+ subscribing schools is hugely encouraging, we understand that seeing the cold hard facts is essential before senior leaders make the decision to purchase GCSEPod. With this in mind we have used the new Progress 8 scoring system to demonstrate the effectiveness of our online learning system.
As this graph shows, Progress 8 scores are typically elevated the more Pods a learner watches. It also shows that year on year, as teachers embed GCSEPod further into the school, the effectiveness of GCSEPod continues to increase.
How do GCSEPod support new subscribing schools?
The dedicated team at GCSEPod is always on hand to support new subscribers through the setting up and launching of the system in their school. Through launch packs, best practice guides and the advice of our experienced Subscriptions Team, we can help schools to set goals, implement GCSEPod and analyse performance.
It is important to note that the launch of GCSEPod affords new subscribers great flexibility. Different schools elect to launch in different ways – including a grassroots approach, trickledown plan or even an explosive launch.
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“100% of our year 11 students achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.
82% achieved at least 5 GCSEs including Maths, English and/or Welsh at grades A*-C. An impressive 27% of grades were at A* or A compared to the national average of 19.4%.
We strongly believe that GCSEPod has played an important role in improving the outcomes for some of our pupils. Indeed, some of our top users exceeded their target grades in many areas and have now returned to the sixth form to continue their studies at A level.”
Diane Evans - Assistant Head Teacher,
Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteif
“There is a very clear correlation between the subjects with the most pronounced raises in attainment (English Literature, Chemistry, Biology and Physics) and those that had the highest GCSEPod usage.
In addition, the student with the highest GCSEPod usage was also our highest achiever.
Because there has so clearly been an impact on the departments that utilised GCSEPod effectively, we will be looking to increase the use of GCSEPod across the school in coming years.”
Andrew Ost - Deputy Head,
Fort Pitt Grammar School
“We’ve used GCSEPod for a year and the results speak for themselves!
Not only did we see a rise in headline measures across the board with our highest user of GCSEPod gaining 7A* – but the students and their parents love it!
It’s fun, user friendly, and easy to use in a variety of ways – on a mobile device, in school, at the heart of our mentoring and intervention strategies, for flipping learning, and to deliver positive engagement that parents can see. Plus we’ve only just scratched the surface!”
Dominic Howkins - Vice Principal,
Ormiston Sudbury Academy
Don’t just take our word for it. GCSEPod has gained huge recognition since our initial launch in 2010 and we continue to pick up industry awards along the way. We’re constantly listening to the schools that use GCSEPod and learning how we can best support teachers and students in times of change. Contact us to tell us your goals for the next year and discuss how we can be a part of your school improvement strategy.