Timed questions help students get in ‘flow’

It all started one warm Friday afternoon about 12 years ago. I was observing a Y10 class in a fairly typical mainstream secondary school. They were taking a test using Paperless School, a now-defunct system that I had designed.

One pair of boys particularly caught my attention. They were lolling back in their chairs, chatting about snooker and doing their absolute adolescent damnedest to project a “too cool for school” attitude. Once in a while they would click on an answer on the screen so they could lay some vague claim to still being working.

Engaged with the task they were not.

Realisation slowly dawned that, as system designer, this was my fault. I had to take responsibility for Continue reading

The new ‘flow’ test template helps students to think through each question more carefully

If your students tend to act before they think, you will love the way we have just upgraded the very core of Yacapaca. The quiz template now has ‘flow state’ management.

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The problem:

Instead of thinking the question through, weaker students, especially, click on the Continue reading