Give a gold star (or three) for good work

When a student turns in a good essay, ePortfolio task or other written project, you can now apply any one of six animated reward icons (strictly, ‘emoticons’) to their work. You will find the selection panel on the Results page for each Task:

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Unhappy teacher
Happy teacher
One star
Two stars
Three stars

Note that Rewards are only applied to written tasks, not to quizzes. It is a very deliberate omission. One of the benefits of Yacapaca is that once you have set a quiz, there is no more work to do. Marking and analysis are done for you, so you can focus on using the results to improve your teaching strategy. Introducing a manual element into the flow would undermine this principle. I decided against even introducing the option, so you could not come under pressure from your kids to include quiz results in your star-awarding scheme.

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