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

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:

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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

Yacapaca Gradebook and Feedback

This is a guest post by Mr Chris Coleman, AST for E-Learning, Conyers School & Sixth Form College

As a teacher of ICT, I am always striving to provide opportunities for students to access learning where feedback is not only summative but also personalised and formative. Over the last five years, Yacapaca has proven to play a vital role in the way we assess students and provide grade style feedback. Quizzes have played a Continue reading

When is the best time to give feedback?

We have always put great stress on the formative value of good feedback in Yacapaca quizzes. There is something about getting instant results that really engages the brain, and that creates a fantastic, but fleeting, opportunity to hit the student with an insight or challenge.

Sometimes this works, but sometimes it does not. I have observed in the classroom, that answering the next question is often more Continue reading