How much difference does two years of education really make? Not to specific taught subjects, but to a child’s overall preparedness for the world?
To find out, I analysed the global results from our 2020 Topical Christmas Quiz. I looked at the average result per year group for each of the Gap Analysis categories. Here’s what I found out.
Do you see it? Two years of mental development has had no impact at all on your students’ knowledge of popular culture. But – just look at the other end of the graph! Knowledge of World Affairs more than doubled, from 20% to 42%. Similar story with Science, Covid-19 and Politics.
Someone is extending these young peoples’ horizons massively beyond movies and hit singles. And, if you are a teacher, I think that someone is you.
If you have been confirmed by your colleagues as a bona-fide member of teaching staff in your school, you can now see a list of all the questions in a quiz, together with the global response statistics for each question, before you assign it.
Why only for confirmed members of staff? It’s just Continue reading
You already know what a gradebook/markbook is. Every teacher grew up with them. The difference with the Yacapaca Gradebook is how much of the work it does for you. In this tutorial I am going to take you through 6 massive time-savers that you quite possibly did not know about.
Access the Gradebook for any student set via the Students menu. Any set that has data will appear in this dropdown; un-assessed sets don’t appear here.
1. Average grades over whatever period you define
Set the first and last dates to what you need, and get an instant average grade. And remember you can Continue reading
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.
The Yacapaca whiteboards are designed to be projected to the whole class during or immediately after a quiz. My colleague Sasha Sirota has just completed a refresh of the design, following a brief to reduce the cognitive load.
Access either of the two whiteboards from the Results dropdown: