When students misspell a common word, what is driving the error? I analysed 35,000 Peer Feedback entries in which the student had intended to write “wrong” and found 1614 instances of misspellings – about 5% of the total.
Of the misspellings,
- 62% entered “rong”, a phonetic error
- 27% entered “worng”, a typographical error.
My own spelling changed from atrocious to moderately good overnight, when a psychologist colleague taught me the visual spelling strategy. It looks like a good proportion of these students could still benefit from the same thing. The rest just need to learn touch typing.
Log into your Yacapaca teacher account and go to
More tab -> Progression Charts
For each of your student sets, you will see something like this:
You can select some or all sets to compare with a simple search field.
But you can do a lot more than this. You can also Continue reading
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.
Sometimes kids get hold of the wrong end of the stick en masse. A great example is copyright – the 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:
- It is copying someones work and is illegal and this is called copyright.
- Because copyright is an act of Continue reading
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.
Out of 1,000 in total, 446 chose to Continue reading