How Saltash Community School uses Yacapaca to support DIRT lessons

I had the privilege last week to interview Rachael Broad, HoD Computer Science at Saltash Community School in Cornwall. Rachael is a Yacapaca power user and our #19-ranked author.

Rachael has a very clear articulation of how she uses Yacapaca. In her own words:

  • Show clear gaps in knowledge (class based and individual student).
  • Support DIRT (Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time) work and instant feedback.
  • Parental communication.

Here are the highlights of the complete interview (3’30”)

Rachael very kindly shared with me the slides she used to explain the process to her SLT, when she wanted to get them on board with the concept.

View the slides here.

Thanks Rachael! I hugely enjoyed interviewing you and learned a great deal in the process.

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Tutorial 10: How to use the Quiz Builder

If you have Author privileges* in Yacapaca, go to More -> My Quizzes. You can ignore search for now, and go straight to Build a New Quiz:


This allows you to build a new quiz from scratch, drawing questions from the entire question bank (164,000 questions at time of writing). You can modify  Continue reading

Improve comprehension by re-stating ‘not’ questions into positives

Here is a question from our database, with one of its distractors (incorrect answers), and a feedback statement written by a student:
Question Distractor Feedback statement written by student
Which one of the following is not a network topology? Bus Bus is not a network topology.

Do you see the problem? ‘Bus’ is indeed a network topology. By stating the question in the negative, the distractor becomes a double negative – ‘bus’ is NOT NOT a network topology. And guess wha Continue reading