Features and Strengths of EP Humanities
This article is an overview of EP Humanities, the content, the features and the strengths of EP Humanities.
What is EP Humanities?
EP Humanities: ‘Engage Your World’
EP Humanities is a modern, fully customisable Humanities/Social Sciences digital learning and assessment solution. It supports student knowledge acquisition, essential skills development, critical thinking and problem solving. Explore an extensive selection of 1000s of pre-built, vibrant and engaging curriculum-aligned lessons and assessments, tailored to suit your Humanities/Social Sciences programme across; History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship (Aus only), and Economics and Business.
Our system provides detailed analytics and reporting on student progress, strengths and areas for further development. These reports are available on every lesson and assessment, empowering the teacher with data, evidence and specific examples to engage in learning conversations.
We provide students with resources to develop a deeper understanding of being human, our history, and the world around them, while driving positive learning outcomes. Buy back valuable lesson, planning, marking and reporting time with our world of Humanities resources
What is EP Humanities/Social Sciences designed to do?
Education Perfect Humanities (Social Sciences, HASS) provides teachers with quality, engaging and innovative content to drive positive learning outcomes and empower students.
Our Humanities content includes a wide range of syllabus-aligned lessons covering the theoretical components of the Geography, History, Economics and Civics curricula. Our resources are complemented with lessons explicitly covering key subject-specific concepts and skills in addition to the knowledge and components of the curriculum.
Geography offers a comprehensive foundation for exploring, analysing and understanding the world’s people and places, while History has been designed to empower students with the necessary skills needed for critical thinking and historical inquiry. Our Economics lessons are designed for students to acquire an understanding of how economies operate and our Civics (Aus only) content assists students to understand what it means to be an active and global citizen.
Worked examples, scaffolded learning experiences and applied contexts and case studies support students in learning how to research, analyse and evaluate historical, geographical and economic phenomena outside or inside of class. The classroom can then be reserved for tackling depth studies and elaborative thinking in a supportive, direct environment. Or use the lessons as part of class activities to engage your students and vary activities. Our system provides detailed analytics and reporting on student progress, strengths and areas for further development on every lesson and assessment, empowering the teacher with data, evidence and specific examples to engage in learning conversations.
EP Humanities Features and Strengths:
|Curriculum and Syllabus Aligned Content||1000s of resources, including lessons, literacy tasks and assessments. Content provided is suitable for use from Year 07-10 across multiple curriculum templates, states and territories. Pre-built lessons are designed to incorporate a range of teaching styles including text, images, data tables, interactive charts, timelines, maps, graphs, historical sources, animations and videos to deliver content.|
|Learning for Mastery Model||All lessons in EP are designed to support the Learning for Mastery Model of Education. This ensures content is repeated and reinforced to support knowledge acquisition and comprehension. When students are answering automatically marked questions, if they do not answer correctly that question will repeat, or an alternative question will be presented to the student until they select the correct response.|
|Pedagogical Alignment||Lessons are designed to support multiple pedagogies, educational theory and best practice e.g Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction, Learning for Mastery Model, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Blended Learning, Visible Learning strategies, Assessment for Learning, SOLO Taxonomy, Dweck’s Growth Mindset theory.|
|Scaffolded||All EP Humanities lessons are scaffolded to move students from knowledge acquisition and comprehension to application. Students will be presented with information sections, then immediately after, a series of automatically marked questions to ensure knowledge acquisition and comprehension. Questions will re-present or alternatives provided should a student select the incorrect answer. Questions always have worked examples, model answers and explanations. As information sections progress the level of detail and explanation of the topic is expanded on. Towards the conclusion of the lesson students will be provided with higher-order thinking questions and asked to apply their knowledge. At the end of the lesson there is always a summary of the lesson, glossary of key terms and success criteria.|
|Interactive Components||EP Humanities lessons contain interactive components such as Desmos, Google Maps and Our World in Data that students can engage with. For example charts from Our World in Data in EP Lessons allow students to manipulate them live to view different streams of data, like an interactive chart on the production of methane gas across different time periods and countries allows students to manipulate the data and see trends and patterns across time and place.|
|Formative Assessment and Concept Checking||Every EP Humanities lesson has in-built formative assessment, concept and comprehension checking. Immediately proceeding every set of information sections the lesson contains multiple automatically marked questions to ensure students have acquired the knowledge from the previous section and understood it. If a student answers a question incorrectly it will be re-presented to the student until they answer correctly, reinforcing the content.|
|Immediate Student Feedback||Students receive instant feedback as they are working through Task & Homework activities. Automatically marked questions within the platform provide students with the correct answer if they were incorrect and this question is delivered to the student again for them to answer. Students are provided with model answers and keywords when completing open-ended questions, they can then use these to self-assess. Teachers are able to provide students with written and verbal feedback through the platform, as well as being able to create automatic and anonymous peer review tasks.|
|Model Best Practice||Lessons contain in-text referencing, bibliographies, figure captions, learning objectives, success criteria, historical sources, relevant, contextual and modern examples, explanations of key terms, cognitive verbs, extended response and higher order thinking questions.|
|Relevant Examples||Current, modern and relevant examples are used in each lesson to highlight and link points, making them authentic and appropriate for students. These lessons are regularly reviewed to ensure they are relevant, contextual and appropriate.|
|Academically Rigorous Sources||We ensure that sources we use in our lessons, such as historical sources of information or geographical sources are reliable and accurate. We provide bibliographies to assist teachers and students to view our sources and conduct further activities such as a source-analysis.|
| Real-World Case Studies and In-Context Lessons
||EP Humanities contains many case studies. Case studies are embedded into lessons and there are also many standalone case-study lessons and ‘in-context’ lessons. Geography units contain ‘Geography in context’ lessons that explore the concepts of the topic in a particular relevant and modern, real-world example.|
|Model Answers||In Humanities, as we know, there is rarely one answer or a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer. All of our extended response and higher-order thinking questions contain example answers. These example answers provide a structure first of all that will often state there is no right or wrong e.g. ‘if you include ...in your answer such as reasons/justification/explanation this would be a well-structured response’ and will provide examples of what to include in a response. It may then provide a written, modelled example.|
|Higher Order Thinking Skills and Cognitive Verbs||All EP Humanities lessons are scaffolded to move students from knowledge acquisition to application. Each lesson has at least 2 higher-order thinking skills questions towards the end of the lesson. All questions, whether auto-marked by EP, or manually marked by the teacher, use cognitive verbs, each cognitive verb is highlighted and explained.|
|Extension Activities||All EP Humanities lessons contain extension activities that are designed to extend student thinking further and allow for the application of the knowledge and demonstrate understanding gained throughout the lesson.|
|Links To Further Activities||EP Humanities lessons contain links to further activities and further reading for students. In many instances where it is difficult to summarise a particular point or topic our lessons will link out to external content and state for further reading or information ‘click here’.|
|Skills and Concept Lessons||Resources are provided to not only deliver content, but develop student skills in Humanities. The skills and concepts lessons in History and Geography explicitly teach the necessary and fundamental skills for success in each discipline, such as mapping skills and research and analysis skills.|
|Humanities-Based Literacy Activities||A range of data interpretation, literacy and spelling activities help teachers to incorporate literacy and numeracy skills development directly into their humanities units. This includes glossaries, spelling activities, definitions activities, explanations of key verbs and model answers.|
|Literacy Across the Curriculum||Literacy activities have been incorporated into each Humanities lesson. Each unit also has stand-alone literacy activities to support topic and subject specific literacy.|
|Teacher Feedback on Student Submissions||Teachers can provide feedback on all students’ submissions. Feedback can be provided as written text, a star rating or recorded as audio feedback.|
|Track Student Progress||EP lessons track student progress, live and in real-time. See when students complete each section of a lesson, see if they read each information slide, if they answered a question, what percentage accuracy they have for each question, section and lesson overall. Track the same progress for assessments.|
|Detailed Reporting and Analytics||EP Insights provides a range of reports teachers can run on the full school, cohort, department, class or student. See assessment, lesson (or both) results for a particular class, year group or department across different timeframes. Easily see your students’ strengths, areas for development and easily identify areas of misconception. Reports include multiple filters to allow teachers to generate the report they need for student learning conversations, parent-teacher nights, report writing or evidence of learning.|
|Growth Data and Evidence||EP assessments allow teachers to compare any two assessments within EP. This will provide growth data and evidence for each individual student, whole class or cohort. This data can be further analysed to show growth in particular sub-topics for each student or class.|
|Assessment Platform||100s of pre-built assessments exist to allow teachers to determine student understanding of content quickly. Run formative or summative assessments easily via EP. Our Quick Test function allows teachers to turn any Smart Lesson resources into an assessment style activity. Teachers can also create all their own assessments in EP. Feedback to teachers is able to be broken down to the individual student and question level while also giving them opportunities to see strengths and weaknesses across whole cohorts and topics. The use of analysis tagging can help teachers to further analyse this data quickly and easily for report writing.|
|Assessment Comparison||Compare any two assessments on EP to perform an analysis that includes spread of results, grade distribution and percentage change in assessment results. Perform a pre- and post- test on the same topic and then compare them in EP for detailed analysis.|
|Individualised Learning Pathways, Differentiation and Targeted Remediation||EP has a powerful assessment system that automatically recommends next steps and lessons for each individual student on completion of an assessment. Every individual student is generated a unique learning pathway to strengthen any areas of challenge. This feature is available on both EP pre-built assessments and custom made assessments by teachers. Why not try using a pre-test? The teacher can see individual student strengths and areas of challenge and tailor their learning program accordingly. Then each individual student is automatically allocated the work they need. Teachers can even then allocate a post-test and directly compare the two assessments in EP to obtain growth data and evidence.|
|Analysis Tagging||EP’s Analysis Tagging allows teachers to tag questions with any type of analysis that will then be included in the generated report. Diagnostic tests can be easily run using EP’s assessment platform and analysis tagging. Want to know how your student performs on all questions requiring critical thinking? Just tag those questions ‘critical thinking’ to have a report generated.|
|Live Monitoring and Tracking in Real-Time||Teachers can monitor certain student actions and progress live on both lessons and assessments. Has your student opened another window or tab, or become idle, completed a section of the lesson or assessment yet? You can see all this and more in real-time.|
|Security Features||EP assessments have both a full-screen monitoring mode and an access-code setting. On beginning an assessment students are placed into a full-screen, hiding all tabs and windows. The full-screen monitoring mode allows teachers to see in real-time if students attempt to leave the full-screen mode and also if they attempt to navigate away from the EP screen onto another tab or window. The access code also ensures students cannot access an assessment until the teacher provides them with the unique password or access code that students need to enter to access the assessment.|
|Accessibility Features||Every lesson and assessment on EP Humanities has a text-to-speech function (like an immersive reader) that if students press it will highlight and read each sentence on screen aloud to students. Key terminology and verbs are highlighted in each lesson and assessment as well as explained. All lessons and assessments can use the hand-writing recognition tool that allows students with touch screens to write and EP will convert it to text. EP also functions well with many browser extensions and plugins such as immersive readers and extensions which can change screen colours, text size etc.|
|Differentiation||Teachers are able to assign different sections of a lesson in order to deliver content in a way that is suitable for their needs and the needs of their students. EP also provides teachers with the opportunity to assign different tasks to students within the same class group. Assign any lesson from any topic or year level to any student. Assessment feedback also allows for Targeted Remediation - creating unique learning pathways for students based on their results. Teachers can also customise any lesson - remove content, add content to suit particular needs. Teachers can also create any lesson they wish on EP.|
|Customisation||Teachers have the ability to copy, edit and rearrange all EP resources. Create your own folders of lessons and assessments in the order you wish to use them. Edit them and remove sections or add in your own information or questions. Customise any resource so that they will incorporate your particular context. Easy to use content and assessment creation tools allow teachers to do this, providing them with the framework to develop rich resources for their students.|
|EP Studio - Authoring Tools||EP includes our own user-friendly software called EP Studio, an authoring tool allowing teachers to easily customise every resource in EP, or easily create their own lessons or assessments, while still being able to use EPs powerful algorithms. EP Studio allows teachers to create slides and questions or embed their own content using easy drag-and-drop tools.|
|Embed Tool||EP contains an embed tool which allows teachers to easily add other programs and resources into an EP lesson. Want to add a virtual tour of Athens to support your lesson on ancient Greece? You can with the embed tool. Add PDFs, videos, forms, sheets, surveys, other websites and applications to an EP lesson.|
|Peer-Review and Feedback||Lessons on EP can be used as ‘Peer-Review’ activities. This allows students to complete the lesson individually then on conclusion of the lesson they can anonymously view peer’s responses and provide feedback. This allows for peer review and feedback. Then, students are presented their own response back to them and asked to review it allowing for self assessment and reflection.|
|Self Assessment and Self Review||Peer review allows students to reflect on and edit their own responses after seeing examples from other students. Assessments can also be altered to be ‘marked by the teacher’ or ‘marked by the student’ allowing for self-assessment.|
|Gamified Learning Opportunities||Various elements within the platform provide students with the opportunity to gain ‘points’. These points correlate to a range of stickers that students can then use to ‘cheer’ their peers and teachers. Dash - EPs game available to students on the completion of each lesson or literacy activity provides students with a gamified revision aspect to each lesson to engage them with rapid fire questions from lessons just completed. Various competitions are run throughout the year both within and beyond the platform to engage the students in a wide range of subjects.|
|Competitions||EP Humanities runs different competitions throughout the academic year. These are always free to enter, have great prizes, variation in the format of each competition, and are a great way to engage students with Humanities content. Teachers can also make their own competitions on EP using specific topics and content, or all the Humanities content, to engage, motivate and incentivise students.|
|Classroom Management & Monitoring||‘Live Feed’ for Tasks & Homework and ‘Full Screen Monitoring Mode’ for Assessments provide teachers with the ability to keep track of their students’ engagement when working on activities within the EP platform. Both of these can be used as a classroom management as well as a pastoral tool.|
|In-House Experts||All our Humanities lessons, literacy activities and assessments are written by an In-House team of Humanities experts and educators. All Humanities content is overseen by a team of Humanities teachers with extensive experience teaching Humanities in a range of contexts and countries.|
|Partnership Content||EP Humanities has many resources built in consultation with external experts and partner organisations including other experienced Humanities teachers, Heads of Department, university lecturers, academics and not-for-profit organisations. We have also partnered with government departments to build many of our resources such as the New Zealand government to assist in building lessons about the NZ government.|
|Continuous Consultation||EP Humanities consults with external partners, academics and experts in each field to ensure our content is accurate, reliable and unbiased, for example we liaise with the Koorie Heritage Trust, Bridging the Gap Foundation and Australians Together to build our Indigenous-focused resources/content. Or, when new study-designs or curricula outlines are realised, we consult with advisory boards or government departments to ensure our planned resource build are appropriately aligned.|
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|FREE Professional Development||EP PDs are always free and delivered by fully-qualified and experienced teachers. PDs can be on the features of EP, a pedagogical alignment or tailored to your specific needs.|
|24/7 Support||EP offers 24/7 support. We have a team of support staff who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our average response time to an email is 8 minutes. You can email, call, video call, or have face-to-face support.|