Using Peer Feedback statements in plenaries

My thanks to Beth Evans, of The Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough for this idea.

Beth wrote “I did screen shot one question that came up whilst I was testing a quiz I had written and used it as a plenary to the previous* lesson as part of the critera setting for the next task.”
* I think this should have been “next”.

This is a fantastic idea. It should be easy to train your students to screenshot particularly challenging choices and Continue reading

Peer-written formative assessment is now fully integrated into quizzes (screenshots)

I believe I can now truthfully claim that Yacapaca is the only true formative assessment service for schools.

Here’s how our new peer-written formative assessment process works:

1. After approximately one question in ten, students are presented with the screen below. They are asked to write a feedback statement for other students, in 150 characters or less – the size of an SMS or a tweet. They only see this screen if they got the answer right, and it is not compulsory – there is always the option to skip this activity.

SPA entry

The requirement to write for other students seems to trigger Continue reading

Now you can see the question feedback statements your students are writing

I am sure you have already noticed the “write a feedback statement” pages that we salt through quizzes now. We ask students to write feedback statements and then vote for the best ones. Until now, you have only been able to see the few statements that I have published here in the blog. Now, you get a complete log.

Feedback log

Access the log via More -> Feedback statement log

It is really interesting to Continue reading

Actual student-written formative feedback statements

Feedback entry with textIt’s coming up to lunchtime on the first day of our peer feedback experiment, and I’m incredibly excited at how well it is going. We have had about 1000 peer-written statements in so far and I wanted to share some of the best of them with you. If the authors of these are your students, you have the right to feel proud.

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Can students write good formative feedback statements?

Starting from Monday, we are introducing a new level of challenge into our quizzes. We shall be asking students to write formative feedback statements for each other. This is strictly experimental, and I have my finger on a button to switch it off instantly if it is not working.

Here is what your students will see during their next quiz:
Can students write good formative feedback statements?

Last term, we ran a series of limited tests which convinced me that a significant minority of students can write formative statements that actually Continue reading