Here is why we need teachers

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.

Tutorial 9: How to preview quiz questions before you assign

Question stats

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

Tutorial 5: Six very useful Gradebook features

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

gradebook 1
Set the first and last dates to what you need, and get an instant average grade. And remember you can Continue reading

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.