Encouraging students to use Quiz little and often is perfect for addressing the forgetting curve, but will require students to be self-motivated. Tasks is ideal for setting, monitoring, marking and recording homework. A teacher can set up multiple tasks in advance so that you don’t have to remember to make them available, and never forget to set a homework again!
There are lots of options when setting a homework task so that teachers can configure the type of work they want to set and how much marking they want to do. Twenty quiz questions with automatic marking, a single high mark question, defining all the terms in a topic or a mixture of all three is possible with Tasks.
Questions are chosen automatically to reduce teacher workload, but you can also change the questions that have been chosen. The task setting process informs the teacher how long a task should take the students to complete, so that the teacher can set the right volume of work easily.
In his meta-analysis, John Hattie found that homework in secondary schools has a +0.64 effect size. That means when used appropriately it can have a significant impact on raising student attainment.
However, not all homework is equal. Research shows that 5-10 minutes spent practicing what has been taught has the same effect as 1-2 hours of work.
The highest impact is associated with rote learning, practice or rehearsal of subject matter; more task-orientated homework has higher effect than deep learning and problem solving. Overall, the more complex, open-ended and unstructured tasks have the lowest effect. Short, frequent homework closely monitored by teachers has more impact.
Hattie, J. (2008). Visible learning. Routledge.
A teacher can:
There are three options for marking. The teacher, the student or a peer. Once the marking is complete remember to commit the task to the mark book and tidy up the active tasks. If a student fails to submit the work, you can submit it for them.
Once the task has been marked and committed, it will appear in the mark book for both teachers and students. Green tasks were completed on time. Orange tasks were submitted after the deadline. Red tasks were not completed. If the work was not set for the student it will appear as an X.