During January and February we have been running a technical pilot in a small number of schools. This has allowed us to test the usability of MYLO and investigate any technical problems schools might have using the system. Whilst we test the product in the lab there's no substitute to visiting schools and watching pupils and teachers user the MYLO for real.
Over 160 pupils took part. The key results are that 75% of pupils said they thought MYLO helped them improve their language skills, 74% felt it offered different ways to learn languages and 69% thought MYLO was fun to use.
One of the reasons for piloting was to check how MYLO performed within schools and whether it was easy to use. A piece of feedback that came through very clearly was that teachers and pupils wanted to be able to see all of the activities available within each area of the site. In response we have redesigned each module's home page so you can see each practice activity at a glance.
The new menu is shown above. Each activity, within each category is now listed on the Challenge hhomepage. Pupils and teachers can access any activity they want, but also see the range of materials available.
Another important piece of feedback came from teachers, who said they would like to see more information in the dictionary and some changes to it's layout. These changes are under way and we'll write more on this soon.
As we progress through the MYLO trial towards the launch of the service we'll keep you updated on how we are acting on the feedback we get. Keep checking back to the blog for more information.