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Endorsements for Livewire Learning
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Endorsements from teachers
"There are no excuses, such as I lost my homework or I didn't know what to do... It is black and white as to whether they have completed the tasks. Students enjoy having the teaching notes to supplement our in class learning and thrive on the immediate feedback - as opposed to waiting a week or so for me to mark their work."
Sharon Kiely, Accounting teacher
Albany Senior High School
"If you are prepared to put up to 20minutes into setting this program up with your students, the time you will save in the long run is immense. The NCEA students can do self directed work towards both their internals and their externals, and I have found that there are activities in there which would take me weeks to create. The students are best served by their ability to access every resource they may need to help them to progress, and as every teacher knows, we can only do so much! This program helps both the eager students to excel and also the reluctant students to see results and feel good about their learning. Students can access the program from anywhere where they can get on the net, and many will surprise you by choosing to work on it from home or during spare time at school."
Holly Higgins, Lecturer, Secondary-Tertiary Studies
Manukau Institute of Technology
"We had very good results in our Level 1 Science: 21 Excellence grades up 6 from last year and 10 from 2006. I am sure our use of Livewire Learning is a contributor."
Kerry Ryan, former HoD Science
St Kevin's College
"Comments from the students included:
- "This is easier than my web mail."
- "I liked the way I could refer to text in the top part of my screen; I never got lost with an answer; I feel proud."
- "I do not like multi choice that ask for two answers; I had a perfect score until then."
- "Could we use this next year?"
- "It was easy to use."
- "I like the way I could focus on learning the words."
John Cluett, Head of Sciences Learning Area
Albany Junior High
"Livewire Learning provides variety, integrates IT and gives students instant feedback. It has been simple and straight forward to implement in my teaching programme.
Livewire Learning provides a stimulating context and revises the skills of English which students can do for themselves. It leaves me more time to focus on other activities. I'm keen to use it with the Junior classes."
Marion Borrell, former HoD English
"We are absolutely delighted with Livewire. One student came in to say that he had heard about Livewire at school and was keen to try it ... Livewire has made it possible to do a great job with senior English students in particular. I like the fact that it has examples as well as explanations."
Afterschool Tutorial Centre Director
"We are finding the engagement of the students to be quite incredible. Currently we have enrolled Year 11 and 12 Accounting students, Year 10 Maths students and a group of gifted and talented Year 9 Maths students.
We are really excited about the opportunities this software can provide for our students and we look forward to working with Livewire to develop them."
Wayne Duncan, Deputy Principal
Northern Southland College
"I have found this an excellent resource for students to work at their own pace and level. The content supports NCEA curriculum and reinforces what has been taught in class. The self correcting aspect of the modules is also invaluable."
Jocelyn Grantham, Learning Support
"Live Wire is a superb learning tool. It's flexible enough to be used as a direct instructional aid, for reinforcing important concepts, and/or for self-checking and revision. It relates directly to NCEA requirements and all content is nicely presented, interesting, and engaging. A 'must have' resource for teachers and students alike."
Dr Michael Reid, Teacher and Educational Advisor
Middleton Grange School
"When I was first asked to take on Livewire with one of my Year 11 classes, I was sceptical. There have been lots of similar programmes set up, but none really helped the student to understand the questions. And if they got them wrong, none of the other programmes seemed to be able to explain why they had got a question wrong.
Livewire is completely different. I must have sold it to my class well, because they were all excited to be part of the pilot scheme. Despite the usual difficulties of getting into the computer suite, it was great - the kids started to really enjoy what they were doing.
Because Livewire marks the questions as you go along, you get to see what you got right and what you got wrong. When you get a question wrong, you can check straight away as to why you got it wrong. The helpful explanation shows how to do it correctly.
I have seen a marked improvement in my students' confidence in their own abilities as well as in their test grades. The best part of this whole experience has been seeing the boys take a huge role in getting their work done. They all moan when the bell goes and it's time to leave. 90% of the boys in my class have told me that they enjoy it, and that it has helped them.
The whole idea of Livewire is fantastic. I know that at the end of this year, my students will have consolidated their classroom learning with the Livewire programme and get better grades than they thought they would."
Christine McKnight, Mathematics teacher
Endorsements from parents
"Thank you for all your support this year. The program has been very beneficial. He already has 50 excellent credits so we are hoping that he will have NCEA Level 1 endorsed with excellence."
"I would like to thank Livewire for enabling me as a parent to be involved in my child's study again. The immediate response to questions, the guidance for help when unsure of answers are both invaluable for a parent who is asked by their child for help, but is unable to assist due to lack of knowledge in a particular subject area. I like the idea of different levels of questions as it helps to boost confidence before starting on some of the more difficult questions."
"My daughter found Year 11 Science so valuable she has been begging me to get her subjects for this year. We did enjoy improved learning last year and am sure it affected her results very positively."
"My son got NCEA level 1 with Merit (very few of his friends did). I have no doubt that LWL made a difference."
"My son found this program invaluable. He had been on correspondence and had struggled but he was able to take himself through this program and prepare himself step by step for his upcoming NCEA 5th form exams. I believe, with the help of this program he consequently passed! Thanks so much."
"I recently accessed Livewire Learning for my Year 10 son. I found the programme very user friendly to load with clear "walk through" instructions. The tutorials were similarly logical to follow. James was able to very quickly find his way to subjects he wanted to study and found the subject matter very useful. The computerised format held his attention and the instant feedback on his answers is a format that works. Well done, Livewire."
"Fantastic revision resource because it gave students another chance to review material not fully understood in class."
Endorsements from students
"The website has been really great in helping my study, especially as the content is tailored to the NCEA Standards."
"I'm using Livewire a lot. It's helped greatly already. I feel like I am as prepared for the exams as I can be and that's thanks to the program. Thank you for the program - it's great."
"The great part about Livewire Learning is that you know exactly where you've gone wrong and know how to fix it. There is no time limit to answer the questions so I think that makes it a lot easier for students as you can work at your own pace. And if you want a challenge or not, it is completely over to you. There is a wide range of topics to choose from which makes it really versatile and easy. Because Livewire is on the computer, you don't need to carry any books or pencil-cases around, which I think we students are finding really great. Being web-based it is also great because you can work at school and then complete it at home. It's a great way to boost your learning in a short amount of time. If you're willing to learn, then this site is the answer."
"Livewire is lots of fun. I really enjoyed it and found it useful for helping me with language work, especially spelling and apostrophes. It's a great set up and easy to access!"
"After doing Livewire for a term, it dramatically benefitted my grades. I got an Excellence in my school exams and put it down to doing the Livewire modules for 1.6 Unfamiliar Text. It is good to have a variety of examples of poems, speeches, posters etc... Overall I like Livewire because it is a new and bright way to get practise in different aspects of English."
"It was helpful for the upcoming exam because it covered the topics that we had learned and was an easy programme to use."
"The teaching notes are informative and well laid out. Subjects are relevant and challenging. Good product."
"I would be happy to use this programme for exam revision. I think it would be useful because it will help students to achieve better exam results."
"Livewire is great and extremely helpful to revise through out the year. It gives the student a really good idea at where they are sitting in the NCEA exam system. The system gives a reasonable variety of question types and the explanations are helpful and clear."
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