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Gradebook Upgrade

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.

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EzyEconomics & EzyBusiness Snapshots

Introduce the magic of augmented reality into your classroom with our EzyEconomics & EzyBusiness Snapshots!

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EzyScience Snapshots - Augmented Reality Brings Science to Life

Following the success of our EzyMaths Snapshots (which the image above shows), we are currently applying the final touches to our EzyScience versions.

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EzyMaths Snapshots - Augmented Reality Brings Maths to Life

Introduce the magic of augmented reality into your classroom with our EzyMaths Snapshots! Pocket-sized booklets covering the entire GCSE (9-1) syllabus.

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The importance of ‘bottom-up’ for increasing the use of technology within schools

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

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Micro Questions Upgrade

Micro Questions Upgrade

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!

Best wishes,

The EzyEconomics Team

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Upgrade to Student Learning Analysis

Upgrade to Student Learning Analysis

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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The time a student spent on the assessment is now provided in the left-hand column
  4. 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!

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We are hiring!

We are hiring!

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.

 

If this appeals to you, please get in touch with our Proposition Director, Jacob Poulton, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

 

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!

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Improvements to our Gradebook download

Improvements to our Gradebook download

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.

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In Memory of Michael McCall

Everyone at EzyEducation was shocked to hear that our esteemed colleague, Dr Michael McCall, passed away last weekend.

Having read maths at St John's College, Cambridge and secured his PhD from Durham University, Michael entered a career in teaching. He most recently was the Head of Maths at The Portsmouth Grammar School for over a decade. As a teacher, Michael was a student's best friend. His ability to bring clarity to mathematics was astounding, and despite being a mathematician first and a teacher second, his dry wit made his classroom a delight.

Having retired from teaching, Michael joined EzyEducation as our maths consultant to oversee the development of our A Level maths course. He brought his years of experience, relentless attention detail and, most importantly, his fierce and incisive humour to the role. It was a role that Michael clearly enjoyed - hunting down every little error that threatens to destroy the student's experience and presenting his way of teaching topics on camera to benefit potentially hundreds of thousands of students in the future.

We enjoyed a celebratory curry recently in Michael's old stomping ground of Southsea to mark the completion of our AS course. He was on fine form as we looked forward to moving on to more difficult topics, or what he termed "getting closer to proper maths".

All of us will miss Michael, as I know will his former teaching colleagues and all the students who had the pleasure of his time.

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Year 12 Recap - PED

Year 12 Recap - PED

We have reached day 4 of our Year 12 recap already and we are moving in to the territory of elasticity. 

If you are in Year 13, it is essential that you are confident of the basic foundations of elasticity and can effectively weave in elasticity into your longer responses as an analytical or evaluative tool.

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Year 12 Recap - The Economic Problem

Year 12 Recap - The Economic Problem

The first day of our Year 12 Recap is looking at the most fundamental topic of economics: the aptly named ‘The Economic Problem’. The Economic Problem asks the question “How do we satisfy an unlimited set of wants and needs when we only have access to a limited, set of resources?”. This underpins the reason why a lot of topics in economics are studied – for example, efficiency concerns how well resources are used; this would not be a prominent concern if resources were not scarce. 

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No More Essays for Homework?

No More Essays for Homework?

In this post, our Managing Director, Peter Jordan, reflects upon the common practice of predominantly setting essays as homework and why that might not be ideal.

After several weeks of marking exam scripts last summer, it became crystal clear again that large numbers of students really struggle when it comes to interpreting and comprehending unfamiliar data extracts and find it difficult to create written responses that are coherent.

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5 Major Takeaways from the BETT Show

5 Major Takeaways from the BETT Show

The BETT Show last week was a fantastic event for EzyEducation. Teacher feedback from those who took a look at our courses was superb and it is always nice to be able to match names to faces when meeting staff from schools already using EzyEducation.

Of course, one of the other benefits of being at such a large event like BETT is that it affords the opportunity to collaborate with all manner of interesting people from the education sector and gain some insight into the state of the EdTech industry right now. Our Proposition Director, Jacob Poulton, took away the following highlights from the BETT show:

  1. The use of technology in education is growing… but growing slowly.

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Our New Assignment Hub

Our New Assignment Hub

One of the questions we have encountered a lot when helping schools get set-up on the EzyEducation platform is “How do I set work for my students?”. We haven’t really had a great answer to this up until now, mostly directing those interested to use the ‘announcements’ tool and copy and paste links to the desired activities.

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Christmas Upgrade to Macro Assessments

Christmas Upgrade to Macro Assessments

Firstly a huge thank you to all of our users!! Over 1.5 million question attempts have occurred since we launched EzyEconomics in October 2015, just over 2 years ago!

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EzyBusiness Modifications: Threats and Opportunities

EzyBusiness Modifications: Threats and Opportunities

Since we launched EzyBusiness in the summer we have been humbled by the response of teachers and students up and down the country. Thank you very much for your engagement and support.

 

We will be implementing some enhancements to the Threats and Opportunities Section on Saturday 21st October and wanted to provide you with advance warning, in case you were planning to set/complete any of that section as half-term work. The enhanced resources will be available for you to view and for your students to access from Sunday 22nd October.

Once implemented, the Threats and Opportunities Section will have the following structure:

Key: L – Lecture Video; A - Assessment

Module 1 - Performance and Threats to Performance

TO1.1.1

Business Performance - Financial Assessment

L

TO1.1.2

Business Performance - Non-Financial Assessment

L

TO1.1.3

Overall Business Performance Measures

L

TO1.1

Business Performance

A

TO1.2

Introduction to PESTLE Analysis

L

TO1.2a

PESTLE Analysis

A

TO1.3.1

Political and Legal Threats and Opportunities

L

TO1.3.2

Competition Laws

L

TO1.3.3

Employment Laws

L

TO1.3.4

Tax Laws

L

TO1.3a

Political and Legal Threats and Opportunities

A

TO1.4.1

GDP and The Business Cycle

L

TO1.4.2

Business Implications of the Business Cycle

L

TO1.4.3

Fiscal Policy

L

TO1.4.4

Monetary Policy

L

TO1.4a

Economic Threats and Opportunities

A

TO1.5.1

Inflation

L

TO1.5.2

International Trade

L

TO1.5.3

Exchange Rates

L

TO1.5a

External Economic Threats and Opportunities

A

TO1.6.1

Social Change: Demographics

L

TO1.6.2

Consumer Behaviour

L

TO1.6.3

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

L

TO1.6a

Social Threats and Opportunities

A

TO1.7.1

Technological Threats and Opportunities

L

TO1.7.2

Environmental Threats and Opportunities

L

TO1.7a

Additional Business Threats and Opportunities

A

TO1.8.1

Competitive Markets and Barriers to Entry

L

TO1.8.2

Porter's Five Forces

L

TO1.8.3

Using Porter's Five Forces

L

TO1.8a

Porter's Five Forces and the Threat of Competition

A

     

Module 2 - Innovation and Digital Technology

TO2.1.1

Types and Importance of Innovation

L

TO2.1.2

Encouraging Innovation

L

TO2.1.3

Protecting Innovation

L

TO2.1a

Innovation

A

TO2.2.1

Digital Technology Pressures and ERP

L

TO2.2.2

E-Commerce and Big Data

L

TO2.2.3

Using and Evaluating Digital Technology

L

TO2.2a

Digital Technology

A

 

The current unit on business growth is being moved from the end of the Threats and Opportunities Section to the bottom of Module 3 of the Business Basics section.

This will now be structured as (business growth unit highlighted):

Module 3 - Mission, Strategy and Growth

BB3.1.1

Influences on Mission and Objectives

L

BB3.1.2

Theories on Corporate Strategies

L

BB3.1.3

The Value of SWOT Analysis

L

BB3.1a

Mission, Corporate Objectives and Strategy

A

BB3.2.1

Short-Term vs. Long-Term

L

BB3.2.2

Corporate Culture

L

BB3.2.3

Business Ethics and CSR

L

BB3.2a

Influences on Business Decisions

A

BB3.3.1

Expansion and Retrenchment

L

BB3.3.2

Types of Growth and Retrenchment Strategies

L

BB3.3.3

Evaluating Growth

L

BB3.3.4

Greiner's Model of Growth

L

BB3.3a

Business Growth

A

 

We hope you enjoy using the enhanced Threats and Opportunities Section as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. If you have any questions or queries about these changes, please drop us a line.

Have a great half-term!

 

The EzyEducation Team.

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Course Developments

Course Developments

We are committed to ensuring that our courses continue to improve. We have lots of development initiatives in the pipeline. Recently we have been focusing upon improving the look and feel of the courses. In addition to this, however, we wanted to draw your attention to two developments:

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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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Countdown to Exams!

Countdown to Exams!

Today marks the start of our countdown to exams! Over the next 12 weeks, we will be focusing on a different key topic each and every day!

At the heart of our countdown will be an awesome interactive revision mindmap which will be released within the next few days! Perfect for students trying to get their head around the entire course in the run-up to their exams.

We hope you find our countdown to exams useful! Check-in to the blog each day or follow us on twitter @ezymaths to receive the updates.

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