Seven ways to implement differentiation in Yacapaca

My thanks to new member Yasmin Sheikh of Whitfield School in Barnet for asking why we show each question for 10 seconds before displaying the options. I realised that although we have worked like stink build opportunities for differentiation into every point of the Yacapaca process, I have never really explained them. Here, then is chapter and verse.
  1. Implicit differentiation: thinking time between question and options
    This gives students time to challenge themselves to get the answer before receiving the restricted possibilities of the options. This is a higher level of challenge, and it gives the student who manages it a great deal of confidence. You can gently encourage this by applauding the behaviour, but please don’t push students to do it if they don’t feel ready.
  2. Differentiation by time: Question speed
    Different students think at different speeds, but this does not correlate particularly with ability. Yacapaca times each answer from each student with an accuracy of Continue reading

Homework & Revision Logs give you insights into how your students really study at home

How useful would it be to know what time your students really sit down to do their homework, and how long they actually spend on it? Well, now you can, because we have updated the Homework and Revision logs.


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New Activity Logs for Revision and Homework

alogs bothWe have been working very hard to improve Homework (red) and Revision (yellow), both in the accuracy of the content selection, and in the tracking tools we provide for teachers.

The new Activity Log is accessed from the Assignments List and provides you with a straightforward log of who studied what, for how long and with what result.

Which should I use – Quizzes, Homeworks or Revision?

Quizzes, Homeworks and Revision all draw on the same question bank, so what is the difference and which should you use? The key elements are that:

  • Quizzes and Homeworks are assigned. Revision is not.
  • Homeworks and Revision use CAT and Ebbinghaus schedules. Quizzes do not.

The following table fleshes this out a little. Continue reading