The Activity Log page is now 10x more fascinating

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I’m really stoked about these two new features of the Activity Log page. They turn it from a page that merely reports results into one that provides immediate (and fascinating) insights into students’ behaviour.

Sort on any column

The default sort remains surname, but you can now use the arrows to the right of each column header to sort (ascending or descending) on that particular column. The example above is sorted by score.


The class average score is useful; the time spent is absolutely fascinating. In the example above you will notice that the slowest and fastest students are achieving the lowest scores. This may suggest some useful interventions with those particular students, especially if the results are consistent across many quizzes.

Copyright misconceptions

copyright distortSometimes kids get hold of the wrong end of the stick en masse. A great example is copyrightthe right to copy. A quick sampling of students’ peer feedback statements reveals that approx. 50% of statements that mention copyright see it as some kind of a crime. Here’s a quick sampler of the 20+ most recent examples:

  1. It is copying someones work and is illegal and this is called copyright.
  2. Because copyright is an act of Continue reading

Are teachers abandoning NC Levels? Research shows the exact opposite.

One of the great things about running a really big database like Yacapaca is that you get an absolute ton of data to analyse, and you can sometimes give definitive answers to questions other people can only speculate about. The ‘disapplication’ of NC Levels is a case in point.

Michael Gove told teachers to abandon NC Levels last September. As it happens, we keep a detailed log of the gradescheme applied to each student set within Yacapaca. This morning, I grabbed the last 1000 changes to existing gradeschemes, and ran the numbers.

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Out of 1,000 in total, 446 chose to Continue reading