Pedagogical Approaches and EP Humanities
Welcome to Education Perfect Humanities. This quick guide will assist you with some pedagogical approaches that can be supported by specific EP features. These features will assist you once you have already been introduced to the Humanities getting started and next steps content. If you are new to EP Humanities, check out this help guide on getting started here and this one on some next steps here.
Assessment For Learning with EP Humanities
There are multiple features within EP which can support Assessment For Learning. These EP features can be used to support both formative and summative assessment.
Formative and Summative Assessment
Firstly, formative assessment is embedded into each Smart Lesson. Smart Lessons are based on the mastery model and the scaffolded nature of them means there are always multiple sections of automatically marked questions. These ‘Quiz’ sections provide immediate feedback to students on their progress as well as to the teacher on whether students are understanding the content. For more information on Smart Lessons, click here and for more information on how to access the formative data provide by Smart Lessons click here.
Different Types of EP Assessment
EP offers 3 different forms of assessment; quick tests, pre-built assessments and create your own. Each type of assessment can support different forms of assessment. Quick Tests are great for formative assessment, allowing teachers to quickly build a test using existing EP content and it is all automatically marked by the system. This saves teachers planning and marking time, but gives a snapshot of student progress at any time. To learn how to assign a quick test click here.
Pre-Built Assessments can be used for both formative and summative with a wide range of pre-built Topic Tests and Skills Tests in Humanities. To learn how to assign a pre-built assessment here.
Create Your Own allows teachers to create all their own questions or import existing questions from EP. The flexibility of this type of assessment is ideal for any form of assessment a teacher may wish to create. To learn how to create your own assessment here.
For a guide on all the different types of assessments EP offers click here.
Pre- and Post- Testing
Teachers can use EP assessments in a range of ways such as pre- and post- testing. To learn how to use EP assessments in this way click here.
Comparing Assessment Results
Teachers can compare the results of any two assessments. Teachers can conduct an analysis of results across the two assessments and obtain any growth data for a class or individual students. A teacher can run a pre-test and a post-test and compare them to identify any growth. To learn how to do this click here.
Recommended Remediation Tasks
Once students have completed an assessment on EP the analysis will identify any areas of weakness for students and suggest recommended tasks. This can be set up automatically by teachers or manually so teachers can choose whether students receive these tasks or not. To learn how to assign recommended tasks after an assessment click here.
You can read through our help guides How do I view my students' assessment results? for more details on how to do this.
Differentiation and Targeted Remediation with EP Humanities
To support differentiation teachers can use some different features in EP including assigning specific sections of lessons and assigning to specific students. Teachers can assign certain parts of Smart Lessons to be completed by students, for example, students may be assigned just the information sections, or information sections and automatically marked questions. Both features can be combined, assigning specific sections to specific students. For example some students could be assigned the whole lesson or the lesson with the extension questions. Then, some students could be assigned just the information slides. Similarly, teachers could use the assign to specific students function to assign different lessons from the same topic, or even different topics, to different students.
To further support differentiation, once students have completed an assessment on EP the analysis will identify any areas of weakness for students and suggest recommended tasks. This can be set up automatically by teachers or manually so teachers can choose whether students receive these tasks or not. Each student is generated their own unique, individualised learning pathway of tasks. To learn how to assign recommended tasks after an assessment click here.
Peer Review with EP Humanities
To support student collaboration and student feedback, EP has created a peer-review function which can be used with most lessons. Smart Lessons in Humanities can be used with the peer-review function. Extended response questions can be converted into peer-review questions where students can anonymously see the responses of other students and provide feedback. To learn how to assign a peer-review task, click here. To see how it works for students click here. For instructions on how teachers see student peer-review responses, click here.
The Flipped Classroom with EP Humanities
To support flipping the classroom teachers can use some different features in EP, including assigning specific sections of lessons. Teachers can assign certain parts of Smart Lessons to be completed by students before attending a class. For example, students may be assigned just the information sections, or information sections and automatically marked questions. Teachers can then check the progress of the task before class. Teachers will be able to check students have read through all the information slides, or completed the automatically marked questions and check students’ understanding. Then, teachers can address any elements students may have struggled with in the class.
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