Audiopi … The Historical Examiner asks if this is the way forward for interactive learning and study guides for GCSE & A Levels?
Audiopi is a brand new educational resource which was inspired by the founders’ old history teacher, Stefan Damman. They came up with the simple idea – wouldn’t it be fantastic if teachers like Stefan could be listened to not by 30 pupils, but by 300, 3000 or 30,000 pupils.
With this is mind they have recruited some of the best teachers and academics available to write series of audio tutorials which are directly relevant to the A Level and GCSE syllabus. To ensure academic rigour they combine the knowledge teachers bring with the in-depth expertise of leading academics. To make them as engaging as well as informative, they are recorded by professional actors and use a whole array of music and sound effects so each tutorial is a mini production in its own right.
The idea is that they split each of the series into short, sharp and easily memorable audio tutorials, each lasting around 6-10 minutes. An average series has 20-30 tutorials so that the topics are broken down into easily manageable slices. Schools have been using them as a homework tool enabling students to listen before a class so that they are prepared beforehand and as a resource for both revision and coursework. Students can access them wherever they want due to the flexibility of audio, so whether they are at home, in the car or bus or even taking the dog for a walk.
Already they have put together 15 history series (they also do English Literature, English Language and the sciences), including the Early Tudors, written by Nick Fellows and Dr Glyn Redworth, Modern Britain 1930-1997, written by Professor Eric Evans and Mike Wells and the French Revolution and Rule of Napoleon by Professor William Doyle and Mike Wells.
The series are available to buy on an individual basis or schools can take out a subscription to make them available to all their pupils.
For more details on Audiopi click here.