Mike Summers (Head of Durham Music Service):
"Teaching Gadget has really increased musicality within Durham and Darlington Secondary School’s. It has enabled heads of music and music teachers to co-ordinate and set musical homework that not only extends the musical learning but marks and demonstrates progress both in and outside the classroom. The resources engage pupils and enhances their learning in a practical musical way"
Jenny Williams (Head of North Tyneside Music Service):
"Teaching Gadget is a fantastic music teaching resource for both students and teachers. Interactivity, progress tracking and monitoring are all built in and the site is easy to navigate. Students engage really well with the provided activities around what are sometimes regarded as the more “dry” aspects of musical learning, i.e. music theory, and can then learn to embed these more easily in a practical context. We were so impressed by the site that we have subscribed for all North Tyneside schools: feedback from our staff has been overwhelmingly positive”.
Lisa Armstrong (Head of Music - Education Village, Darlington):
"Teaching Gadget is great! I use this in my music department to set homework, the programme creates an instant mark for the student, the teacher then can download all results to check student progress. It is a very helpful resource which the students enjoy using. I regularly create competitions between classes, year groups and whole school. My department will continue to use this for years to come"
Chris Smith (Head of Music - Whitworth Park School, Spennymoor):
"The site is a great resource and is quickly becoming invaluable to our department. The ease of access for pupils in and out of school makes it possible to set purposeful homework which aids real music progression, engaging and motivating pupils to learn"
Kim Wearmouth (Head of Music - St John's School, Bishop Auckland):
"Teaching Gadget has proved to be an excellent learning tool for St John's Music students. Music Department staff have successfully set worthy, relevant, differentiated homework for Key Stage 3 students who have responded with enthusiasm, determined to increase collated scores. Work is very easily tracked due to the simplistic and user friendly set up, allowing staff to monitor student progress quickly and effectively. The range of theoretical tasks lends itself to all aspects of our curriculum motivating beginners to the more advanced musician. A fantastic resource."
Karen Romaniuk (Teacher of Performing Arts - Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough):
"We trialled Teaching Gadget before summer with some of our students with the hope that we could use it for homework. They loved it so we had to go for it! We have been using it this term for homework and it has been brilliant for revising theory and setting students challenges at home. I also particularly like the worksheet section and trackers for each class. Our marking workload has gone.We can't recommend Teaching Gadget enough!"
Amy Clark (Head of Music - Staindrop School, Co Durham):
"Teaching Gadget has allowed me to set musical homework to extend my students learning in a more meaningful way between lessons. The ability to show progress over time is a real bonus as is the self marking of each task. The students are really enjoying using such a practical resource and I am seeing the benefits in their musicality already"
Victoria Seymour (Curriculum Leader Music - Pendle Vale College, Lancs):
"I love using Teaching Gadget as much as my pupils do... it is encouraging them to do their homework by having little competitions amongst themselves to get the highest score!"
Ian Heddle (Music Teacher - Crook Primary School, Co Durham):
"This website is really engaging for the students. They love the challenge of the online games and it makes the theory element of music much more accessible. 10/10"
Sarah Blakeman (Head of Music - Wolsingham School, Co Durham):
"We have found 'Teaching Gadget' to be an excellent resource, loved by students across our school. The increasing range of topics and tasks mean that it can easily be used to support and extend learning and the tracking tool is useful for monitoring student progress."
Robert Gales (Head of Music - Teesdale School, Co Durham):
'This is an absolutely fantastic resource that makes teaching difficult topics such as rhythm and notation so easy. The online quizzes are brilliant for tracking students understanding and progress. The students love the challenge and the competition element. A fully recommended resource!" - Rob Gales (Teesdale Music)"
I have just started using the Teaching Gadget website in school; this is a great site for the school to use. It can be utilised for homework and also in lessons.
I complete a quiz and set a score, the students are then given 5 minutes to try to compete with my score. Pupils really buy into this, with the added 'we beat the teacher' appeal, they are learning without actually knowing! It's a fantastic tool!
Prior to discovering this website, setting music homework was extremely difficult , particularly to make it worth while; this just works!
Thank you TeachingGadget.com"
Ms J. Loughlin (Head of Music and Performing Arts - Darlington School of Mathematics and Science):
'This is an absolutely fantastic resource. The students really enjoy using it and the tracking system is really great for monitoring their progress. It is also brilliant for setting homeworks as the students can access it from any computer.
Thank you TeachingGadget"
Simon Ferry (Subject Leader for Music - Sedgefield Community College):
"Teaching gadget is an extremely useful resource to help imbed musical knowledge and understanding across KS3 and KS4. It is an excellent resource for helping set 'musical' based homework tasks and is a very useful tool for cover lessons when non-music specialists are used for cover. It helps to engage students and encourages them to take more responsibility for their own home learning and thirst for knowledge. It also encourages students to show more independence in their studies. A useful element of the site is how it can give teacher feedback about which individual students have completed the different tasks that have been set and which students have used the site of their own initiative. I’d highly recommend checking it out."