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.
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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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:
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.
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.
The figures are self-explanatory. Here are the assumptions that Continue reading
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.
Every Yacapaca quiz draws questions in random order from an underlying question bank. It may draw all the questions available, or only a subset. Until now that decision was made by the author, but from today it is made at the point of assigning.
Here is where to find the control:
By default, 10 questions will be shown unless there are fewer than that in the question bank. If you override that default, your new value will be remembered as your personal default.
If you are setting a multi-quiz assignment, the most questions you can show per quiz is the maximum of the shortest question bank used. This way all quizzes assigned in one go will always be the same size, improving predictability for students. In the unlikely event this is a problem, remove the shortest quiz from the assignment and assign it separately.
Learn more about this feature here.