Peer-written formative assessment is now fully integrated into quizzes (screenshots)

I believe I can now truthfully claim that Yacapaca is the only true formative assessment service for schools.

Here’s how our new peer-written formative assessment process works:

1. After approximately one question in ten, students are presented with the screen below. They are asked to write a feedback statement for other students, in 150 characters or less – the size of an SMS or a tweet. They only see this screen if they got the answer right, and it is not compulsory – there is always the option to skip this activity.

SPA entry

The requirement to write for other students seems to trigger Continue reading

Get set up for Easter revision

With Easter almost upon us, now is a good time to make sure that your students are correctly set up for revision. Here is what to do.

1. Go to your Student Set List

2. For each student set you want revision for, select “Topics for revision” from the Actions dropdown. If it’s not visible, check you have a syllabus set for the student set. If it’s still not Continue reading

Getting a baseline for Computing is an entirely different problem from getting a baseline for ICT: here’s why.

logoAssessing Computer Science is a very different challenge from assessing ICT, so a different approach is needed. With ICT, there is standard content that we can expect all students to have covered. Computer Science is far more varied. For example, we can expect every student to have studied at least one programming language – but which one? For this reason, there is no possibility of a Continue reading