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Comment posted by U16136973, at 11:39 10 Sep 2014
11:39 10 Sep 2014
I agree - much better when gcse science bitesize was exam board specific - much harder to navigate and find exactly what you need.
Comment posted by John Rogan, at 09:35 9 Sep 2014
09:35 9 Sep 2014
It is now much more difficult to find useful information on GCSE Bitesize. In the old format it was possible to scan down the various topics on offer and find what you want quickly. Now, it takes many 'clicks' in order to (hopefully) find what you want. And, if you don't - why you just go elsewhere feeling very frustrated.
No doubt many at the Beeb will pat themselves on the back at the new design ("How wonderful it looks!"). But looks are not everything and if it is is too tedious to try and find what you want, then people will stop using it.
Comment posted by U16140456, at 18:08 15 Sep 2014
18:08 15 Sep 2014
When i was studying for my GCSE's, this was a fun, academic page that i could learn from. Looking at it now, it's all jumbled up, there's no examboard specific help. Also what happened to all the fun animated videos?
Comment posted by Itsjustgoodmanners, at 16:26 15 Sep 2014
16:26 15 Sep 2014
Oh dear!! first thoughts are where has all of the information gone and now having read the comments its not just me. I have used BBC bite size for the first of three children as it was really easy for them to be given a task of taking the lesson, reviewing and then taking the test to see if they have taken the information on board and understood. I thought it was fantastic. I was going to use the information myself for self education but I'm not so sure now and will see how it goes but I will also look for another site. Can the BBC respond and also provide the information in both formats, original and new?
Comment posted by U16139104, at 16:40 13 Sep 2014
16:40 13 Sep 2014
As a current GCSE student I really appreciate the step that the BBC has taken to modernise the BBC Bitesize website, as well as making it more tablet/mobile friendly. Great for us 'teens' (I guess) and far more aesthetically pleasing. However, after looking for the page that I needed to help me with my Physics homework for 15 minutes I am disappointed so far with the layout and accessibility of the page. Our school always suggests Bitesize to students as it has been a reliable and suitable source of information for years (you could say that I have grown up with Bitesize, having used it since Key Stage 1). It is only now that I am beginning to doubt if the staff will continue to do so! I understand that the web page is still in progress, and that I am lucky that such information is on the internet, but surely modernising does not mean making it inexcusably difficult for even the 'tech savvy' generation to find the information they need?
I hope that the exam board categories are replaced on the website, or I will have to turn to less reliable sources of information to help me with my ever increasing amount of homework.
Over the next few weeks I really want enough people will bring the faults to attention in order for the website to be fixed- seeing as I am a year too young and consequently cannot add my own feedback to the survey.
(I cannot believe that it is age restricted: it is the young people who use the website, they should be able to give a certain amount of feedback even if it were on a tailored survey for the under 16s. It is a poorly produced survey unfortunately.)
Comment posted by Joy V, at 16:36 13 Sep 2014
16:36 13 Sep 2014
I homeschool my kids (aged 8 and 7) and they loved the BBC bitesize Science pages; the games, short reading and tests! They would work through them, and then regularly comment on them outside of 'class time'. They really 'learned' from them. The new layout seems to be totally missing in this learning element at KS2. The kids were informed by the videos, but were not engaged and did not experience any learning at all. Please provide a link to the old way of doing things - it was the best science learning my kids ever did!!!
Comment posted by Imogen, at 16:26 13 Sep 2014
16:26 13 Sep 2014
I'm just going to use the old site. Even though this one is 'prettier' and more 'aesthetically pleasing' you have to go through a million and one clicks to find what you need, or just put up with never finding it on the BBC new site.
This is especially frustrating for GCSE Science. My year group is the last year to use the old Triple Science method, with Core, Additional, and Further (using the AQA exam board). I come back onto BBC Bitesize for the first time after last summer's exams to find some information for an upcoming test. When I saw it had been updated I was pleased because I assumed it would look and run better. WRONG. I found the GCSE Science easily enough, and then instead of exam boards there was just Biology, Chemistry and Physics. To find the piece I needed to revise from class, I had to click through every single topic, which was time consuming and evidently pointless.
I need to find SPECIFIC information for Additional Science ONLY, as that is what I'm doing this year, and so therefore the new GCSE Science area is completely useless to me as the information is all bundled up together, so much of it is entirely irrelevant- I also can't tell whether what I'm revising on the new site is even going to come up in the exam because I can't tell which exam board its from.
This made me extremely annoyed, and so I've just typed in the old Bitesize into the search engine, found the old AQA exam board and added it to my Favourites. I see no other option.
If I were to give some actual advice, I would say you should keep the Old Bitesize and put it as an option beside the New Bitesize so that people in my situation can still use the old site. Or categorise the website, but as Mr Millner has so kindly commented, that will clearly not be happening.
It's probably hard for people working at the BBC to understand because they're not studying Science at GSCE, but I'm sure you in my position wouldn't want to trawl through tons of information, find what you THINK is right and write it down, still not knowing whether that information will even have a possibility of being used in the exam.
Thanks for that Beebs!
Comment posted by amy, at 12:20 13 Sep 2014
12:20 13 Sep 2014
it is so much harder to try and find what i need. before i always used bitesize because it was easy to use and gave you the right information but now its not. please bring the old bitesize back
Comment posted by U16138821, at 10:56 13 Sep 2014
10:56 13 Sep 2014
I agree. the website is extremely difficult to navigate and I am unsure if the topic I am investigating is part of Edexcel or AQA, therefore I could be using the wrong resources. Also the topics are much more difficult to find as they don't correlate with the topics in my textbook.
I am very disappointed with this update and hope for changes to be made regarding the mark scheme (Edexcel, or AQA) I will now have to visit my revision to my Edexcel textbook as this website is just too confusing and I don't want to waste time navigating and possibly revising the wrong things.
Comment posted by Victoria, at 18:33 10 Sep 2014
18:33 10 Sep 2014
The old site is soooooooooo much better, please bring it back. So much harder to revise as there are no specific exam boards.
Comment posted by U16137274, at 16:28 10 Sep 2014
16:28 10 Sep 2014
I agree- this site is a lot harder to navigate and is quite confusing. I find it annoying how they have changed it at the start of a new year when gcse exams and controlled assessments are becoming more challenging. I relied a lot on bitesize for my revision, work and knowing what the exam board like to see. I recommended this site goalpost of my friends and family Ivor all of their studies- but now I'm not too sure. It was very disappointing to see this format and layout when I clicked(numerous times)
Comment posted by I Hussain, at 12:19 10 Sep 2014
12:19 10 Sep 2014
I agree with the comments so far. The new bitesize is much more difficult to navigate and its very insensitive of bbc to change the site at the beginning of the academic year. Please bring back the old site with exam board specific content.
Comment posted by U16136857, at 07:42 10 Sep 2014
07:42 10 Sep 2014
both of ur totally correct.
Comment posted by marciafrony, at 14:22 9 Sep 2014
14:22 9 Sep 2014
The new bitesize is not very pratical. It is not easy to use this site anymore - difficult to find what we want and where have the cool clips gone? Some subjects seem to have clips that seem suitable for classroom work instead of support for homework/revision at home. Disappointing.
Comment posted by U16145827, at 19:42 22 Sep 2014
19:42 22 Sep 2014
I like how it looks, but it is really hard to navigate without the exam board links. It also makes it almost impossible to direct students to the right places or use specific URL's for revision or support. Bring back the exam boards .......
Comment posted by Paul, at 12:26 21 Sep 2014
12:26 21 Sep 2014
I am a secondary science teacher. Although this new website has content to the new curriculum ALL my GCSE students are finding it so hard to find the information they need they are starting to use other resources instead.
The old site was exam board specific so that student knew they were focusing on exactly what they needed to learn from the specification. They could then spend their time applying this knowledge in new and different situations to develop the skills they needed to pass the exams.
They are now spending their time trying to work out where all the content relevant to them is located.
PLEASE read the other comments posted on this board. The new site looks pretty but it's not a practical revision tool.
Comment posted by U16144963, at 10:41 21 Sep 2014
10:41 21 Sep 2014
The BBC iPlayer links are at the bottom on every revision page, i keep getting distracted from my studies! However, i do prefer this new Bitesize, everything is together all in one place! so easy to navigate between subjects!
Comment posted by U16144963, at 10:38 21 Sep 2014
10:38 21 Sep 2014
i like it.
Comment posted by U15625259, at 11:37 20 Sep 2014
11:37 20 Sep 2014
This site is very confusing to navigate and I am now in year 11 so need to revise and I depend on this site heavily. Please bring the old system back - it appears the majority believes this also.
Comment posted by U16143300, at 15:09 19 Sep 2014
15:09 19 Sep 2014
The BBC have taken what was once a world class learning resource; made it tedious, dull and lacking in lustre. Frankly it looks like a government committee designed it.
Did I say I don't like the new layout
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