Turn Kids Into Whizizz When Assessing With Quizizz
Type of technology: Website Quizizz.com
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: All levels
Subject area: All
As a classroom teacher I am always searching for new and interesting ways to assess my students. Just bringing up the word “test” or “quiz” is enough to send shudders down even the most dedicated student’s spine. As educators we walk atop the tip of a razor sharp edge, searching for that balance between fun and learning. With Quizizz I have finally found that ability to be fun enough for the students, and “assess-y” (great made up word History teacher) enough for us teachers.
I know, I know, many of you are muttering to yourself about how you have already tried all of these other super-quiz websites or tools. And yes, tools such as Kahoot (check out another iLearn blogs on how to use it Here, Here, or Here) or your Learning Management System’s (LMS) built in quiz feature are good—in fact I have used them many times in the past.
But why waste your time with good when you can have great?
The problem with those other sites range from capping the number of players, to allowing students the ability to cheat by just looking at another student’s device and coping the answer. Quizizz does all the hard work for you. In fact, I’d say the most challenging thing about it is the spelling and remembering where all of those extra dang Zees go.
ZZo…(see what I did there subbing out the “S” for a few extra Zees) enough about the competition, let’s delve into the product!
Getting started is pretty easy, just go to Quizizz and sign up as a teacher. Another bonus is that students do not need a profile to play, they just enter in the game code it generates when you give a quiz to them. Students can play with any electronic device: phone, computer, tablet, etc.
Once you are in you can search through thousands of premade quizzes or you can create your own. If you are curious as to how you create a quiz they have great and simple step by step tutorials for you to follow. Here is one with some basics: Teacher Resources Here is another link with some PowerPoints and documents that quizizz created Quizizz Handouts/PowerPoint
If you want to see another video that I made explaining how I use quizizz and why I like some features more than others you can see a screencast I made: my screencast.
I’ve found that this is a great tool for many applications for my classroom. When I first started using it I just used it as an “exit ticket” the students had to complete and show me their score before they left my classroom that day. Then, I found students enjoyed it and I could get a more authentic read on what they knew as the scrambling of questions/answers really made them do it on their own.
I am a soccer coach and I also like my students to know about nutrition and a balanced life so I created a quiz that asks players to identify different fruits and vegetables. This helps me gather data to tailor my lessons to them. I also use it as a review tool. For my AP World class I set up unit reviews so that students could take more multiple choice exams at home without having to pay for expensive study materials that they get from professional review programs. You can also have students take it as an in-class assessment. I promise when you use this there will be 100% buy-in and as you scan the classroom around you there will be nothing but heads down trying to compete to be the best they can be.
What are the downsides you ask? Well I’d have to say that the number one and really only flaw I see from this website is that you are only able to do assessment which are multiple choice and that the only options for number of choices are 2-4. If you have questions with five answers (like I did with my AP Review) I had to manually eliminate one of my wrong answers.
Other than that, take it for a spin and enjoy the beauty of Quizizz!