How quiz timing works

In Yacapaca, students are given a set amount of time to answer each question. The time remaining is shown on the timer bar.

timer bar The purpose of the timer is to help students stay focused on the task, and it works really well. The way it works is more subtle than you may have realised.

Question timing is completely automatic

Inside the quiz app there is a very clever algorithm that ensures Continue reading

The Game of Education


Donald Clark is a reliably controversial blogger but a post last month took the biscuit. Based on some recently-published research that cast doubt on the claims of “brain training” software to produce learning that will generalise to other contexts, he concludes that “Gamification does NOT work!” in education. This is like finding a broken-down rickshaw and concluding that Continue reading

A very short primer on gamification

Yacapaca is a gamified formative assessment system. I want to discuss briefly what that means, and how we interpret it in software.

Gamification is the art of making things you want to do anyway more fun, and more motivating. To understand why this is so powerful, I recommend this 12-minute TED talk by Seth Priebatsch because it is a lot more fun and motivating than the Continue reading

The Badge Log

If your students have enjoyed earning Yacapaca badges, you may need to track exactly who has earned what. There is now a badge log under the More tab. Nothing fancy, but it should meet the need. See yours here.

Badges have been a runaway success this year, with overwhelmingly positive feedback (such as this story from Patana School) about how they are motivating the students.