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FoS Pro

Our new extended version of Focus on Sound!

MySchool

UK customer quote:

Just starting to realise the immense potential of this upgrade. Still can't believe how utterly amazing this is for the price. This is literally going to save us hours and hours of time. Helen Blythe - The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre.

The Pro version includes a 'My School' tab between Lessons and Results. Students see this as a 'My Class' tab.

Here's what you can do:

  • Assign work to individual classes, groups of classes or the whole school. This can be existing Focus on Sound content, tests or lessons, or you can set your own work including external links
  • Notify classes of lessons you want them to do, giving them a direct link to the actual custom lesson.
  • Set your own tests, using up to 5 types of test and 17 different types of question. You can use FoS media or upload your own. We are confident that this facility is far beyond what is possible in any existing virtual learning environment.
  • Write and upload your own content for use in the Focus on Sound environment (pictures, audio, text, video, etc.)
  • On their My Class tab, students will only see the work assigned to their class or to the whole school
 

Here's an example of custom lesson creation. These are some of the special features:

  • Choose from existing Focus on Sound lessons or entirely new ones (no. 2 in screenshot)
  • Allocate the work to individual classes (no. 4 in screenshot)
  • Add internal or external web links (no. 7 in screenshot)
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Notify classes

With FoS Pro your classes now have notifications as soon as they start up the software. These are very easy to set up. Just choose the lesson, then the class(es) you want to be notified. Add dates - use presets if you want - then publish.

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FoS Pro Custom Test Types

All tests work in standard and class demonstration modes

* Random identification tests are based on a list of terms/instruments chosen by the user. They are developed automatically by the Focus on Sound system to produce 20 random questions using some or all of the types listed, depending on the type of terms chosen by the teacher.

Custom test types Custom question types Availability
Type 1 - Random identification* Single picture and sound, multiple choice text Now
Single picture and sound, type answer
Single picture, multiple choice text
Single sound, multiple choice text
Multiple picture, verbal stimulus
Multiple picture, single sound
Single picture, type answer
Single sound, type answer
Quiz text, multiple choice texts
Single sound, multiple choice quiz texts
Type 2 - Timeline test, single audio Quiz text with multiple choice texts Now
Type answer
Type 3 - Timeline test, with drag and drop answers Quiz text with randomised answers in an answer panel Now
Type 4 - Discussion/writing Single sound, write answer Now
Compare two sounds, write answer
Look at video, write answer
YouTube video, write answer
Compare two YouTube videos, write answer
Type 5 - Fixed questions with single audio and picture Single picture and sound, multiple choice text Now
Single picture and sound, type answer
Single picture, multiple choice text
Single sound, multiple choice text
Single picture, type answer
Single sound, type answer

Here is an example of the new timeline test with randomised answers in an answer panel. Drag and drop the answers to the relevant answer box.

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You could write one of these tests in 5 minutes in FoS Pro. Here's the process:

  1. Name the test
  2. Upload the audio
  3. Input a series of questions and answers, together with the position in the audio (easy)
  4. Add one or two extra 'distractors' (wrong answers)
  5. Click 'Publish' and you're done.

All the answers as well as the extra distractors are randomised and placed in the panel on the right. The student drags and drops from the panel to the appropriate answer box.

There is a separate system for class presentation mode. The student writes or says the answer in class - there's no drag and drop in this situation of course.