Over the last 12 months, your students have been very busy. Over 3.3m questions answered.
As a result of this activity, your students will now reap the rewards of all this work with a QLA empowered gradebook.
The new gradebook is planned for release on Monday 23rd December 2019.
When students next login after this release they will have access to a new gradebook. This provides:
- Activity time and assessment count/outcome data - see "Activity Summary".
- Access to their personal line held in teacher grade books - See "Course Summary"
- Question level analysis with access to feedback/explanations for every question attempted by clicking on question cells - see "Learning Gaps"
- The gradebook includes filters to help students improve focus on specific parts of the course.
- Report download options.
Some additional benefits:
- Immediate review of assessments after attempts.
- Rapid navigation between questions and feedback to accelerate and personalise revision.
- Works on tablets and handheld devices.
Finally, we would like to thank all our schools and their students for their support this year. Our business relies on your support and we hope to continue to meet the needs of schools in 2020 with high quality, time-saving and data-driven learning system that takes the heat off teachers and helps them to help their students achieve more.
Happy Xmas and best wishes for 2020
Today some changes to the Assignment Hub were released. These apply to student users:
- Current Assignments (previously assignments set)- any assignment that has not been completed will be accessed under this heading. There will be an option to start or resume
- Other Assignments - all completed assignments will appear under this heading. There will be an option to retake assessments (24-hour rule applies) or replay previous video assignments.
- Colour coding relating to due/overdue has been removed.
A more significant change will be a new student gradebook. This is scheduled for release on 21/12/19 and will provide a single Html page with details of
- Total time on the system and total assessments and average outcome with subject splits.
- Access to data on video and assessment records with options to filter to narrow the focus on specific parts of the course and generate pdf reports accordingly
- Access to learning maps for EVERY assessment completed providing individual question outcomes and immediate access to question feedback. This is a big step forward and could transform exam preparations, but only for those students who work hard and complete assessments. This opportunity will depend entirely on the number of assessments completed.
This will enter the final test phase soon thanks to the help of some of our student users. Watch out for updates.
There are two main aims to this monthly EzyScience newsletter:
- To demonstrate how the science our students study at GCSE relates to the science being conducted every day around the World and to show just how relevant their GCSE science studies are. As well as encouraging a general interest in science we would also hope to help prepare students for those unexpected questions that, at first glance, are not connected to the content they have been taught and which always raise such a stink on Twitter immediately after particular papers have been sat!
- To provide students with opportunities to practise the more generic data analysis and communication skills that can turn a good exam performance into an outstanding one.
When reading the examiners' reports for the 2018 and 2019 GCSE Science exams it is clear that there is a good deal of room for improvement in students' responses to questions relating to the Required Practical Activities (RPAs). For example, in the 12 Foundation Tier papers for the AQA Separate Sciences and Combined Science examinations, more than 50% of the marks relating to the RPAs were scored on two papers only. This situation was particularly acute in the Combined Science papers. While the picture was slightly more encouraging for the Higher tier papers, it was only on very few occasions that significantly more than 50% of the available marks were scored.
We are currently in the process of giving the courses a "face-lift" to improve the student and teacher interface and user experience when navigating through the course home page. The main changes for the Econ. courses are detailed here. Similar changes will be implemented Science and Maths through the rest of the summer.
Every single specification topic is covered by both lecture videos and formative assessments within the EzyScience GCSE course. We've ensured that we create top quality Lecture Videos by using our own purpose-built green-screen filming studios, and using a real school lab environment to film the required practicals. The technology provides the basis for an engaging and immersive watching and learning experience for students.
When the latest science specifications were first released a number of concerns arose immediately about both their breadth and depth. ‘How to teach greater and more difficult content in the same time?’ was a common question heard whenever science teachers got together. The dilemma faced by teachers is that they are expected to get through more ‘stuff’, while at the same time supporting students in mastering more complex skills.