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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Podsie?

Podsie combines the research-backed learning strategies of retrieval practice, spacing, and interleaving, customized by the mastery data of each individual student, to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom. We want to ensure that the hard work that teachers put into teaching doesn’t go to waste, while ensuring that they are supporting the learning needs of their individual students.

How much does Podsie cost?

Podsie is free for teachers and students!

How does the learning science come into play?

Retrieval Practice

Retrieval practice is an incredibly powerful strategy in which students actively draw out previously-taught knowledge from their brains, thus enhancing "diverse forms of learning, including memory, problem solving, and generalization to new situations."

When we challenge students to frequently and intentionally retrieve knowledge, they grow in their abilities to retain and quickly access information. We believe that both retention and quick retrieval are essential foundations for students when it comes to "deeper learning" and transferring skills and conventions to different contexts. Traditionally, quizzes and tests are used in the classroom as a form of retrieval practice.

At Podsie, we combine the research-backed power of frequent, low-stakes retrieval practice with spacing and interleaving to enhance the learning of students.

Spacing & interleaving

Spacing and interleaving give students an opportunity to practice the skills, conventions, and strategies that a teacher has already finished teaching in a way that is aligned with proven research around cognition.

Our spacing algorithm ensures that students are practicing previously-taught standards based on

  1. their demonstrated mastery of the standard
  2. specific time intervals that enhance their retention of the standard

The concepts that students find more challenging to retrieve will show up first, and more frequently. Interleaving is accomplished by allowing students to practice multiple previously-taught standards within the same assignment. We give teachers the powerful ability to customize which standards their students practice, whether it be a hand-picked few or all.

Creating customized spiraled reviews has never been so easy!

How does Podsie support formative assessment and accountability?

Podsie provide teachers with mastery data to assess student knowledge of standards, growth tied to standards, and engagement with their spaced retrieval practice.

We believe teachers should be able to keep students accountable to their learning, and students should be able to hold themselves to high expectations.

We provide mastery data tied to learning objectives.

Mastery data tied to individual standards is provided to teachers, so that they are able to formatively assess how and to what extent students are able to retrieve the skills they teach in class. Teachers will be able to view assignment progress and individual standards mastery, at both a class and student level. We want to give teachers the tools to enact targeted interventions, so that valuable class time can be spent in teaching what students need the most and not explicitly re-teaching to the entire group.

We encourage student self-assessment and resourcefulness.

Student self-assessment & resourcefulness are valuable skills. For some question types, we ask students to engage in metacognition, and assess themselves on how confidently and accurately they were able to retrieve knowledge. For all questions, teachers will be able to provide explanations or external resources that will help students re-learn concepts they may not have grasped the first time around. We want to ensure that Podsie is a tool that enhances the way students learn, motivates them to take charge of their own learning, and provides them with strategies of practice, resourcefulness, and self-assessment that will be incredibly valuable to them later on.

How is differentiation accomplished?

Differentiation is accomplished through personal decks, which are uniquely tailored to each individual student.

Whenever a teacher assigns a class or group of students a set of practice questions, these questions are fed into their personal decks, and our spacing algorithm does the work to ensure students are retrieving the knowledge that they, as an individual learner, need to practice the most.

We understand both the need and the impossibility of creating 100+ assignments for each unique learner that a teacher has in their classroom. Podsie has differentiation covered.