New homepage design

I thought you’d appreciate a heads-up so you you know what your students are on about when they say “Yacapaca’s not there, sir!” Here’s a little slice of the new design.

Homepage Hero section

The intention is to highlight the core benefit of Yacapaca, which is actually very simple: it gets the annoying chore of marking out of your hair, while at the same time improving students’ results.

We’ve taken the chance to modernise the design too, with lovely new illustrations commissioned from Argentinian artist José Martín ‘Tincho’ Schmidt, and a clean responsive layout by Bootstrap.

Hope you like it!

Mobile devices in education – damp squib?

Five years ago, everyone was going mobile. Tech blogs were full of advice to adopt a ‘mobile first’ development strategy. In education, the debate raged between the purist all-iPad camp and the libertarian BYOD brigade.

So who won? Neither.

desktop vs mobile

At Yacapaca, we have a unique perspective. Millions of users, years of history. Rather than rush in, we started patiently collecting session data. Browsers automatically declare their parameters to web services so they can be served with an interface that fits the device. Here are the data, broken down by academic year.

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Seeing students’ short-text responses

Short-text questions are appearing in more and more Yacapaca quizzes now (try the Summer Trivia Quiz to get a flavour). The popular Results in Detail view is too compact to show students answers; ‘short text’ is not necessarily all that short.

To compensate, we’ve introduced a new view that shows only the short text responses from a quiz you have assigned. Find it here:

short text response access

It’s just a very plain form showing question, answer, score and rubric. I find that with barely more than a glance, class-wide misconceptions leap out at me. Try it!

Read more about short-text questions on Yacapaca.

Computer Science dept saving £2300/year with Yacapaca

These are real numbers from a secondary school in England, that I got asked to work out this week. They are a fairly typical single-department customer for us; I don’t have permission to share the name of the school.

CS2

The figures are self-explanatory. Here are the assumptions that Continue reading

5 new quiz skins to engage your students

Students learn better when they feel in control, even in small ways. To help, we’ve added a new dimension of freedom: quiz skins. Students can change the look and feel of their next quiz. In addition to the original red and yellow skin, we’ve 5 more, examples below.

All screenshots below from KS3 Geography revision practice by multiple authors. Colourways inspired by the Canva Blog. Students can select skins from the “Skins” tab. Don’t worry, they’ll soon find it.

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Cherry Blossom

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