We have pulled together all of the best news stories published by within our ever-popular 'Weekly 5'. Over 60 different pieces of content in a single document.
We have pulled together all of this school year's editions of the ever-popular Weekly 5 into a single document for you to download.
All of us at EzyEducation were delighted to welcome Suella Braverman MP to visit us last week. Suella has previously sat on the Education Select Committee and is a current governor at the well-publicised Michaela Community School.
The model of flipped learning, or flipped classrooms, seems to fall in and out of vogue. The idea seems very sound: ask students to learn about a new topic independently, before they encounter it in-class. With students arriving to class with a basic understanding of the concept, valuable teaching time can be spent on high value-added activities, like personalised misconception handling, interactive application activities and developing exam-technique.
Most teachers we meet say that they would like to introduce more flipped teaching within their scheme of work, however, they have struggled to implement it effectively in the past, or don’t really know where to start with it.
We had a great time at the BETT show last week. It is always a pleasure to engage with teachers currently using the platform and teachers interested in starting their EzyEducation journey. TeachWire featured us in their 'Best of BETT' series. Here is their interview with our Managing Director, Peter Jordan.
We have recently released a significant upgrade to our gradebook. Teachers can still download the gradebook as an excel spreadsheet, but we hope this upgrade makes quick trips into the gradebook to analyse student performance easier to achieve by staying in a webpage.
It was fascinating to see Damien Hinds, relatively new to the post of Education Secretary, spend some time over the summer break encouraging the further development of educational technology and increasing its use within schools.1 This comes hot on the heels of his initial attempts to ingratiate himself with the teaching community via his focus on workload.2
Following the upgrade to our macro questions back at Christmas, we are excited to be upgrading all of our micro questions as well!
As time has passed since we first launched the EzyEconomics courses, we have developed our functionality. In particular, we have created our own question functionality which allows us a lot of flexibility to ask different question formats. It also makes questions prettier and clearer for students to understand.
Towards the end of August, we will publish all of these new-format questions.
What does this mean for our learning data?
All previous assessment outcomes will be retained. This means that reports like the Gradebook will be unaffected. Students will notice no difference to their data.
However, some of the more advanced reports available to teachers, including student learning analysis, will not contain data for attempts at the 'old-format' questions. All attempts from the end of August onwards at these new questions will be recorded. If you have any questions about this, please get in contact with us!
A huge thank you to all of the schools who have supported us thus far. We are looking forward to yet another record-breaking year of usage within EzyEconomics and the production and release of ever more (and ever better) resources!
The EzyEconomics Team
The reporting side of the EzyEducation platform is absolutely vital to support effective usage. Our Student Learning Analysis report has become one of the key places to dig into how your students have performed on a particular assessment. I know from my experiences of getting out to see schools over the past few months that putting Student Learning Analysis up on the big screen at the front of the classroom is a great way of blending what students are doing digitally (often out of the classroom) with what takes place in-class. Running through one of the questions the class struggled with on average the most makes for a good start-of lesson primer.
We have just launched an update to Student Learning Analysis. These are a series of small tweaks which we think make a big difference.
- Students run down the left-hand-side and questions run across the top. This brings Student Learning Analysis in line with our recent changes to the excel gradebook download option.
- Partial assessment attempts will now be visible. When a student answers a few questions but does not complete the assessment you will see the outcomes fo those completed questions.
- The time a student spent on the assessment is now provided in the left-hand column
- The report adapts to the size of your screen. Perfect if you are using a tablet or mobile device in class.
We are really excited about our plans to continue improving the reporting side of the platform over the next 12 months. This will probably include assigning a snappier name to "Student Learning Analysis", but for now it stays!
If you have any questions about these changes or our upcoming development plans, please get in touch with us.
Thank you to all of our users for your continued support and I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful summer!
After a fantastic Summer term, we are now looking to expand our team. We are particularly interested in talking to people with experience of teaching A Level maths, biology, or chemistry.
These are brilliant opportunities for driven individuals to come and build market-leading courses. The right people will have energy, drive, and will arrive with their own ideas about digital resources and assessment.
Thank you to all of the teachers and students who have engaged with us this school year and we hope everyone enjoys a great Summer break!
This video is designed for teachers, to help you navigate through the EzyEducation platform. It includes our lecture videos, assessments, feedback and reporting tools.
The video will guide you through all the features, no matter which of our subject platforms you are interested in, or currently using.
Today's topic that we are focusing on is Bearings. Bearings are used in navigation to identify (as a measure of turn) where the direction of one object is in relation to another. You need to remember that bearings are calculated from North, in a clockwise direction and given as a three digit value. Be careful with sentence structure as bearings are measured FROM the object (normally the second point in the question). When calculating more complex bearings knowledge of angles in parallel lines is useful (particularly co-interior angles). The harder questions will involve speed, time, perpendicular lines and maybe the use of Pythagoras' theorem and trigonometry.
In today's topic, we look at Time and Money. You can be faced with questions involving time and converting time is an important skill to have when faced with some of the more obscure problem-solving questions. We also have a look at money as there have been money problems linked to probability and possible combination problems. Other common questions involve currency conversion where you either multiply or dived by the exchange rate.
In today's topic, we look at Units. Many of the questions you will face will include units of some descriptions so it important that you are able to convert between the different types of units (metric). This will involve multiplying or dividing your value by a power of 10 (10, 100, 1000 etc). When it comes to Area and Volume the conversion factors are squared and cubed respectively.
Today's topic in the countdown to exams is Vectors. Vectors describe a translation (a movement from one place to another) and can be written using vector notation (used to describe a translation). as we get more advanced, the coordinate grid is removed and the notation is given by bold letters (a, b, c) To go from one point to another, you will have to travel along vectors that you already know. If you travel with a vector it will be positive, if you travel against a vector, it will be negative.
In more advanced questions midpoints and ratios will be introduced and you may have to factorise your answers to prove that two vectors are parallel or collinear.
Today we focus our attention on the topic of Surds and rationalising the denominator. You need to understand that Surds are expressions that contain an irrational square root (meaning, if you square rooted the number, you would get a never ending decimal). There are some laws of Surds that you need to be aware of (much like the laws of indices). Some questions will ask you to change a root to the form a√b, to do this you need to find the largest square number that will go into the number and simplify form there.
When it comes to rationalising the denominator, the key principle here is removing the square root from the denominator so that we are left with a whole number. This is achieved by multiplying. Take care to notice the different methods used when dealing with simple and more complex problems.
On day 80 of our countdown to exams, we take a look at the topic of Circle theorems. There are 7 key circle theorems you need to be able to recall when faced with questions involving missing angles in circles. In order to secure full marks, you will need to justify your reasoning by stating one or more of the circle theorems (not just the shape) along with other angle facts you know (straight line, triangle, around point etc.).
Our reporting options are at the very heart of EzyEducation. We unashamedly promote our view that schools get the most value out of a digital platform like ours by ensuring that teachers direct, monitor and react to student activity. Central to this is the ability to easily view and interpret student activity data. We are constantly developing our reporting options to support this aim.
Today we are taking a look at Frequency and Two-way tables. Frequency tables are created from raw data that have categorised, tallied and then totalled. We can use frequency tables to calculate relative frequencies which can be useful to describe proportions. If the sample is large enough, it can enable us to interpret them as probabilities. Two-way tables provide information about the frequency of two variables and the key to solving problems of this type is to pay attention to the totals column. This will enable you to complete a two-way table accurately and then use the information to calculate probabilities based on the data within the table.