Dividing the class into two or more teams is an old-established trick to raise energy and motivation. We have just launched a feature that lets you do it on Yacapaca, too.

What I’m particularly proud about is just how easy it is. You just decide how many teams you want, and Yacapaca does the rest. It even uses students’ previous results (if we have them) to create teams with equal abilities, so every student knows they have the same chance of being in the winning team.

Try it out for yourself! Here’s how:

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**Update: **perhaps I should have mentioned that Teams Mode does not work with casual student sets – those in which the students sign themselves up. Pretty obvious really; you cannot create teams unless the students are already in the set. Fortunately, pasting in a list of students only takes 10 seconds.

**Update 2:** since I made this video, the team management whiteboard has been updated. You can now rename teams, and drag & drop students between teams.

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What a great idea. Do I need to buy or download any special software? What is Yacapaca please advise.

I agree with yvonne – great idea. However how do I go about doing this?

Yvonne and Pauline no there’s nothing to download and nothing to pay. Just sign up at http://yacapaca.com and you’re good to go.

I’m going to try this out with some of my Year 7 and Year 11 classes next term to see the effect on retention and recall (Y7) and motivation (Y11).

I was a bit worried when I saw the update comment about it not working with Casual mode because it looks like that’s the best way yet to get the kids on the system. But I am pleased to see that it does work with any group after the students have signed up. – Which makes sense. Looking forward to using this.