Back in 1999 we thought it would be a pretty cool experiment to add an online component to Chalkface packs. Students could do homeworks or extension activities online, and have them emailed back to the teacher. So we created a website called iamclever.org that encapsulated these ideas in a set of nice little web forms, and linked it to the lesson plans of a couple of dozen Chalkface packs.
Nobody used it. As far as I could tell, it got absolute zero usage for two years. Discouraged, we let the system fall into abeyance and concentrated on other projects. And then, about two years ago, we started getting a trickle of complaints from teachers who still had those packs and were now ready to try out the web homeworks.
It wasn’t really practical to resuscitate the old iamclever.org site, so instead, my colleague Victoria has spent the last couple of weeks moving the assignments across to Yacapaca. If you are a Yacapaca member, you will find them here.
Some assignments had to be abandoned, generally because they contained too many dead links.
Technically, they work really nicely now. They are easy to set and easy to mark. The activities themselves are a bit variable. The staff who were writing them in 1999 were themselves inexperienced in using the web, and sometimes it shows. If they prove popular this time around, we will put some energy into improving them.
Take a look, and let me know what you think.