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SEA revision at pennacool.com

Monday, March 26 2012

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The homepage of educational website, www.pennacool.com....
The homepage of educational website, www.pennacool.com....

With SEA examinations pushed back to May month, many teachers and parents are thankful for the extra time to get students prepared for one of the most important exams of their lives. While extra lessons and time spent at home peeling through various text books are beneficial, one other source of help with it comes to SEA revisions is through www.pennacool.com.

The free online revision programme is the brainchild of John Devaux, who along with his business partner introduced the website in 2010.

Devaux said the revision tutorial follows the syllabus stipulated by the Ministry of Education. The websites not only facilitates rigorous practice lessons; children are also entertained with fun quizzes and various prizes are distributed regularly.

Devaux said although Pennacool.com was created for students approaching SEA in Standard Four and Five it is also beneficial to Standard Three students. He said the Ministry of Education has endorsed the programme with the approval of pennacoolLite Mathematics for Form One laptops and SEA Revision Exercise Workbooks.

“The decision by principals, teachers and parents to purchase and use these books is first of all based on the academic value of our booklets. At the same time this decision supports us financially and allows us to provide the online program free of charge for the benefit of all.”

Devaux noted it was the experience of their children doing the SEA exam that led to the creation of pennacool.com. “Understanding the anxiety and concern for academic success we attempted to create a computer based programme that will improve the academic ability of children and at the same time teach them the intelligent use of the computer as a life skill,” Devaux said.

“The programme targets 51,000 children. Since we launched it we have had 19,000 registered users, 35,000 visitors and students from over 400 primary schools. It is a revision tool which facilities all aspects of the SEA curriculum. The website is regularly updated; kids could just register and use the programme for free,”Devaux said.

Devaux singled out St Michael’s Home for Boys in Diego Martin, where the online programme is a main feature of the school’s class curriculum. He said students at the school regularly excel through the websites workbooks, quizzes and revision exercises.

An interesting feature about the online programme is Mathematics and Language Arts revision games and the scoreboard which records hundreds of names of students who have participated in various quizzes. Once a student completes various practice exercises, and scores over 30 percent there is an opportunity for that student to win prizes.

Educational consultants who contribute to the website include Jackie Rose, head SEA math teacher Holy Faith (St Bernadette’s) Preparatory; Natalie Pawirodihardjo, head SEA Language Arts teacher, Holy Faith (St Bernadette’s) Preparatory; and Keshmani Seebaransingh, Principal of Gandhi Memorial Vedic School.

Students still have at least one month to get in some quality revision time and according to Devaux, the website is available to provide assistance.

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