New design for the Whiteboards

The Yacapaca whiteboards are designed to be projected to the whole class during or immediately after a quiz. My colleague Sasha Sirota has just completed a refresh of the design, following a brief to reduce the cognitive load.

Access either of the two whiteboards from the Results dropdown:

Whiteboard select

Teams Whiteboard

Whiteboard teams

Team results update dynamically as the results come in. This is a great motivator for students if you run it during the quiz. For extra oomph:

  • allow multiple attempts at a short quiz, not one long one. This results in more, faster updates.
  • get students to name their teams, using the Manage Teams button at the bottom of the page. This button also allows you to override the default team memberships. Yacapaca auto-assigns balanced teams to promote competitiveness and give even your weakest student an equal chance to be on a winning team.

If you have not created teams, the Teams Whiteboard will open in individual students mode.

Analysis Whiteboard

whiteboard analysis

Use this after the quiz is finished. By default it shows a list of questions sorted by the average score for each question. Click on any question to get the screen above. Note the three steps to viewing it:

  1. Initial view shows the question and options only.
  2. Show Graph shows how students answered.
  3. Show correct shows which answer(s) was/were correct.

Use them in sequence for dramatic effect and to build student engagement.

I hope you like the new Whiteboard designs as much as I do!

Four ways to use Gap Analysis


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