Short-term professional test study:
The concept working prototype was very well received by all who experienced and used it over these 3 dates and this was a very positive experience for all 3 companies involved. The resulting study made by Mrs J Loveridge, Headteacher of Coedpenmaen Primary School in Wales was very surprising for us. Until we had a professional perspective to gauge its effectiveness in the classroom we can only see that its working very well to entertain but we have no way to understand its true educational potential. Here are a few excerpts from the study she made :
“As you are already aware, the children responded wonderfully to ‘Sam’ and he certainly has the ‘Wow Factor’. The children’s responses were wonderful, to see the look on their faces when he knew their names and information about their family/siblings, likes and dislikes was a joy.”
“In a number of year groups, when Sam shared some information on any number of subjects, the children were able to recall that information more readily than when basic facts were shared in class during ‘carpet time’ type activities. They excitedly shared their ‘new’ information with adults at school.”
“In Foundation Phase, children sat and listened for a more extended period when Sam told them an assembly story and responded to their questions about the story. Again, these younger children appeared to recall facts related to the story – and could recall them the following week when questioned again!”
“We were very pleased with the higher level of enthusiasm shown by the children who had the task set by ‘Sam the Bear’. We found that Sam had a very positive impact on motivation and reluctant emergent writers responded more effectively to Sam than the class-based session. They eagerly put pen to paper and confidently ‘read’ their work back to Sam Bear to let him know what they had written.”
“The training session we had at the beginning was thorough – it was very useful to watch how the Bear worked first and then to try it out on a small group knowing that support was available if needed. The teacher was also able to share this easily with another teacher who picked up the controls quickly and effectively. This allowed us to ensure more children could experience ‘Sam the Bear’.
Mrs J Loveridge
As a group of companies we look forward to see how this project will move forward as it seems to have strong potential within this sector. We will shortly be attending an educational technology trade show in Bristol at the end of June where we will demonstrate the final production product to the public attendees. Watch this space.