Sam Hucker from Winterbourne International Academy asked me this question this morning:
I have set up a partial exam for my BTEC Engineering students. Is there a way that I can set up further questions where they have to type paragraphs or free sentences in larger
quantities? Continue reading
Pingdom is a service that tests your homepage by accessing it from a remote server, and timing how long it takes each individual component to load. I tested Yacapaca from their Amsterdam server at peak time (11:33) this morning, and got the encouraging result that we are “faster than 93% of all tested websites”.
If you want to see how it is performing right now, follow this link. I’m not sure how long Pingdom keep the link valid, though. For the most relevant results, re-set the server location from the default Austin, Texas to Amsterdam.
Pingdom only tests the homepage. To see current quiz load times, check our Twitter Feed.
We have just recovered from our worst-ever outage, at 25 hours and 9 minutes. Here is what happened.
Our principal database server went down at 09:16 Monday 22/09/14. We moved quickly to reboot it, but this failed. Concluding it was a hardware issue (it turned out to be a failed motherboard), we switched over to the backup and got Yacapaca working again around 11:30.
By 12:00 it was apparent that the backup servers were just Continue reading
Pair match questions can be used to test for understanding of sequence and relationship in quite subtle ways, but they serve you poorly if you do not know how to analyse the results.
Below is an analysis of a pair match (AKA Drag and Drop) question from the Computing Baseline (High level). This is the author’s view, using data from about 1,500 responses. The teacher’s view shows only the data from Continue reading
I had this lovely note today from Owen Hawkridge at the Chauncy School in Ware.
You might be interested to know that we’ve* abandoned our old spreadsheet system for tracking pupil progress at KS3 and instead are using the Yacapaca gradebook. We’ll be starting with Continue reading