In Yacapaca, students are given a set amount of time to answer each question. The time remaining is shown on the 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
It all started one warm Friday afternoon about 12 years ago. I was observing a Y10 class in a fairly typical mainstream secondary school. They were taking a test using Paperless School, a now-defunct system that I had designed.
One pair of boys particularly caught my attention. They were lolling back in their chairs, chatting about snooker and doing their absolute adolescent damnedest to project a “too cool for school” attitude. Once in a while they would click on an answer on the screen so they could lay some vague claim to still being working.
Engaged with the task they were not.
Realisation slowly dawned that, as system designer, this was my fault. I had to take responsibility for Continue reading
Way back in the mists of time, on a hot Friday afternoon, I was doing classroom observation with a generally low-attaining Year 10 group. This was in the days before Continue reading