Time to update the Progression Maps for your quizzes

Every quiz has, or should have a Progression Map. The is the set of key concepts that the quiz addresses, that is reported to both teachers and students so that you/they can track what has, and what has not, been grasped. It is a really powerful feature for both learners and teachers, that is unique to Yacapaca.

As of last week, we have placed the progression mapping for each quiz firmly under the author’s control. Here is where Key Concepts are shown… Continue reading

This is the power of a little tin badge

100%I got this email yesterday from Dr. Mandy Heddle, who teaches in a high-achieving British International School. I have permission to share the story, but I’ll not name the school so as to stay out of their Google searches.

I wanted to share with you that I have a student I have mentored since she was 11 and she is now 17. She is off the charts smart, even for our school, and I can’t wait to see what she does with her life. Very quirky and gothic with a very dark sense of humour. She has won countless awards and accolades, from poetry to mathematics and she could not care less. She slouches up to the stage each assembly and mumbles her thanks. However, I have never seen her utter amazement and joy when her Yacapaca badge arrived in the mail. She was stunned that it actually came and she couldn’t be more proud. It made her week. So thank you so much for such a great programme that makes my students so happy.

Of course I was grinning from ear to ear after reading this. Stories like this are absolutely what make it all worthwhile.

No more “failed quiz attempts”

When we first started running Yacapaca, students discovered that they could use the Back button to try each question as many times as there were options, and thus gain a perfect score without needing to pay any attention to the content. This resulted in an invalid assessment and zero learning, so we had to block it. The only way to do this at the time was to program Flash so that the Back button would exit the quiz altogether.

This in turn created a need for a feature by which the teacher could ‘forgive’ this behaviour and Continue reading

October 2015 authoring online CPD


The course runs through a student account on Yacapaca, which you can sign up for at the end of this post. It uses some features you will be familiar with, and some that are not available to general users. It takes about 15 minutes per day of your time.


Unsurprisingly, I teach using the same philosophy I embedded into Yacapaca. Learning is your responsibility; my job is to provide the structure. In this case that includes pointers to useful content, collaborative activities and Continue reading

John Hattie’s top three influences on student achievement: you already do at least two of them.

John Hattie is the educational guru du jour, and with good reason. He has the research on his side. If you have not seen his graded list of 138 Influences on Student Achievement, the whole thing is here. Expect to find his Visible Learning on your CPD menu for the coming year.

I want to focus on just the top three.


I will be the first to admit that Piaget and Yacapaca don’t really have a lot to say to each other, but let’s look at the other two.

Self-reported grades

Hattie says

Self reported grades comes out at the top of all influences. Children are the most Continue reading