Students preparing for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) can now choose when, how and where they want to study.
Yesterday, telecommunications company Flow officially launched the Flow Study, an e-learning tool that will focus on six main components – pass papers from 2009 to 2015 in the form of an e-book; virtual science labs; video past paper solutions; a question bank; a “cyberpedia”; and online courses.
It has already been introduced in Jamaica.
Sharon Jemmott, head of products for Flow (Barbados), said the product was a tremendously positive resource, noting that young people needed more interactive tools to aid in their learning.
“Flow Study’s extensive question bank includes over 1 000 questions with solutions for particular subject areas,” she explained.
“As it relates to the cyberpedia, it is a supplemental resource that includes animation and interactive activities. Again, it allows student to have variety in the way that they learn. At present though, it is focused largely on the science subjects,” she added, pointing out that more content, including subjects and questions, would be added to the programme over time.
Flow officials said while the programme is currently free for the students, there would be a fee introduced around mid-November, but there would be a 50 per cent discount which would be in place for a while.
Flow’s managing director Niall Sheehy said the final price range for the service –which will be accessible from the Flow Study mobile app, online at www.flowstudy.co and through Flow TV – has not yet been decided.
However, he gave the assurance that some aspects of the online platform would remain free.
“We know students like to interact in different ways and we are using our technology to make sure we can reach them where and how they like to use their technology,” he said.
Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications Senator Darcy Boyce welcomed the online platform, saying it should provide tremendous assistance to students.
However, Boyce called on the telecommunications company to ensure that it was affordable so all students could access it.
Jones referred to the new programme as “an installment in the investment” of the island’s education, adding that over the years, the government had spent a lot of time and resources in ensuring that students remained on the cutting edge.
As such, he said by March next year, his ministry should place about 25 000 “pieces of apparatus”, including computer tablets, laptops and desktop computers in secondary schools across the island, so fourth, fifth and sixth form students could have easier access to technology to aid in their studies.