Snow day? S’no problem!

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Next snow day, you don’t have to lose continuity with your students. Here are 4 ways you can keep them focused on their learning objectives, using Yacapaca.

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qa Quick Assignments

I have put this first because it’s one many teachers never experiment with. It is simply a way to set any assignment for your students and get it back without all the palaver of emails getting lost, blocked or mistakenly thrown in the spam. Video (requires Flash) | More information.

homework Homework

Select a topic from your syllabus, and Yacapaca will automatically choose questions at the right level for each individual student. Teacher review on the misschambersICT blog | How the monitoring works.

revision Revision

One step on from Homework, Revision mixes and matches from all the topics the student has so far covered and enables them to really take charge of their own learning. Video | How to manage Yacapaca Revision.

mastery Mastery quizzes

When you assign a quiz or group of quizzes, Mastery is one of the modes you can choose. Set a success threshold and students will be presented with each quiz once per day (no more!) until they have reached that threshold. It works especially well with short quizzes that draw randomly from large question banks. Even works for Snow Weeks or (Siberia only) Snow Months! Introduction | 5 tips for success.

Four ways to use Gap Analysis

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The core of the Yacapaca mission is to take as much of the drudge work out of teaching as possible, to leave you free to actually teach. After you have run a quiz, Yacapaca presents you with automated gap analysis*. Here is how to use it.

From the Assignments tab, click on the Continue reading

5 tips for success with Mastery Mode

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  1. Keep it short.
    Students will do 5 minutes per day quite happily. Keep your assignment to a single quiz, at least until you have feedback from the students.
  2. Explain the principle to your students.
    They many not be used to homeworks that enforce a daily routine, and some will moan like heck at you that they can’t do it all at once.
  3. Demand, and enforce, the first attempt on the first day.
    If the majority of your students leave homework until the last minute of the last day, they will get caught out and may feel you have deliberately trapped them.
  4. To track progress, sort results by Attempts.
    Assignments > Results > Results (beta) > click on the top of the Attempts column.
  5. To check completion, sort results by Mark.
    Assignments > Results > Results in detail > Sort by Mark, and look for those who scored >80%.

More on Mastery Mode here.