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Are you ready to move on from simple AO1 testing tools?

The main issue with probably every digital science service is that they do not really do any more than test AO1 (able to effectively recall knowledge and demonstrate understanding).

Obtaining value added by developing AO2 (apply knowledge and understanding to solve problems including the use of calculations) and AO3 (analyse and assess data to inform judgements) cannot be achieved in GCSE Science with simplistic question formats like true or false statements or multi-choice and not providing any explanation feedback.

 We work very hard to achieve a very strong focus on developing AO2 and AO3:

  1. Achieve consistency via a single source for end to end coverage of syllabus content, assessment of understanding and provision of detailed feedback whenever it is needed.
  2. Challenge students to perform calculations but support them by visualising questions, achieving multi-input and multi-layered question structures and provide detailed explanations following answers.
  3. Record every detail so that teachers have the intel they need to address learning gaps.
  4. Cover every required practical to the same high standard and use this opportunity to develop the analytical side of AO3.
  5. Provision of a complete automated learning process releases teaching time to increase the focus on AO3 development in class time.

We recently looked at our AQA GCSE Combined activities for Momentum (Edexcel is the same on this topic) and analysed our proposition to highlight what we have achieved with EzyScience:

 

 

Covering the entire syllabus means we achieve this level of detail for 65 GCSE Science modules!

Contact us now to make sure you don’t miss out on EzyScience next year.

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The importance of scaffolding

Providing scaffolded questions is an effective way of helping students to develop and consolidate their understanding of the mathematical side of Science. At EzyScience we have scaffolded questions in all of our assessments whenever a new skill is required in the context of the assignment. Once a series of steps has been established students are given opportunities to work more independently. Furthermore, the same steps are followed in the feedback videos for all of the questions in the assessments, even those that contain no scaffolding. We believe that consistency is essential if students are to master these key skills, and that scaffolding supports that consistency.

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How does EzyScience work?

Making a good start with digital support is critical. Often previous experiences with digital mean that some students are reluctant, are challenging to engage and do not always use services effectively.

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6 Problem Areas identified in GCSE Science papers - Examiner Report Analysis

Like many heads of science, I spent a good deal of time each September working my way through examiners’ reports to identify areas in which our students had performed well and not so well, with the aim of identifying best teaching practices and addressing those that were less successful. This year, I have pored over the AQA examiner reports to identify six of the more general trends and problem areas, ahead of the first set of reformed examinations in May/June 2018.

 

1. Definitions – Students do not recall these clearly enough to gain marks – this is true for students taking the Foundation Tier and Higher Tier papers alike. For example, many foundation tier students were unable to answer 7(b) on the B1 Foundation Tier paper by completing two sentences to identify photosynthesis and one of its products, and even some higher tier students confused respiration with photosynthesis; many higher tier students were unable to define the term ’recessive’ in relation to genes in question 6 on the B2 Higher Tier paper. On the C2 Foundation Tier paper, only 8% of students could correctly define a hydrocarbon.

 

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Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog!

Hi! Thank you for taking a look at EzyScience news - our blog for all things Science.

EzyScience is a part of the EzyEducation family and will launch in August offering an unrivaled set of digital resources to support the new 9-1 Science GCSEs for the AQA and EDEXCEL specifications.

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