Using Quizizz for Homework

Posted: August 10, 2016 in Uncategorized
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After I blogged about using technology for formative assessment, I received a tweet asking me to post more about Quizizz and how to use it for homework. This post is for you @druinok. Happy to help!

Quizizz is a formative assessment tool most often compared to Kahoot. While the two platforms are very similar, Quizizz has some distinct advantages. I can remove the competition element by turning of the timer and the leaderboard. Allowing students to work at their own pace takes the focus off the solution and places it on the process. I can also choose to assign a Quizizz for homework. I assign a set of Regents practice problems every week called our Weekly Assignment. So creative, I know!! Occasionally I like to change it up and assign a Quizizz instead. Interested? Here’s how!

First things first. Go to quizizz.com and create your free account. You will notice on the home page you can join a game in progress. This is where your students will go to enter the game code.

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Once you have an account and sign in, you will see this page. Here you can choose to search for an already created quiz or create one of your own. I always look to see if someone has created something that I can either use as-is or modify to better suit my students.

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I found a quiz with recent Regents exam questions already created. Once I click on it, I am presented with more options. I can play it live, as is. I can assign it for homework. Or I can modify it. If you are planning to go live, scroll down and check the questions and answers for correctness. Don’t assume anything!

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I decided to duplicate the quiz to remove some of the questions that we haven’t learned yet. I can rename it, adjust or remove any question, increase the time up to 15 minutes per question, and add my own image to the start page.

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Once I click Finish, it takes me to the start page and puts my new quiz in the My Quizizz section. Notice the Print button in the lower right-hand corner? I can print this quiz and hand it out if my students either don’t have access at home or prefer having the paper in hand. Brilliant!

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From here I can decide to play it live. Clicking on the button gives me lots of options. This is where I can remove the timer and the leaderboard. Definitely leave the memes on, the kids love them!

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But what if I want to assign my quizizz for homework? Easy peasy! Clicking on the Homework button opens a similar screen to playing the game live. The difference lies in the date boxes at the top of the screen. By setting the date and time that you want the quiz to close, students will be able to work on the quiz outside of class. The quiz will remain open until the time you told it to close. Everything else can be set just like a live game. I can remove the timer, remove the leaderboard, shuffle the questions and choose to either show the answers after the question is answered or not. (I always turn that option off. I don’t want the answers out there for students to share!)

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Clicking Proceed starts the game and takes you to the start page with the Game Code and the link for students.

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If your school uses Google Classroom, there is a button to push the game out to your Classroom site. Then students can go their Classroom page and enter the game with minimal fuss.

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Back on the home page on Quizizz, you can track student process in the My Reports section.

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Old reports are found under the Completed tab. Below is an example.

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Clicking on the green plus sign shows you how each student answered the question. Reports can be both downloaded and printed.

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So there you have it. A step-by-step guide to using Quizizz for homework. What a great tool!

 

 

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Comments
  1. This sounds like a great resource. I am continuously working towards flipping my classroom and look for tools to show my students understanding of the videos they are watching. I think this could work well to send home for my students and give me some great feedback! Thanks for sharing!

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    • lisakmcleod says:

      I found this after playing with Kahoot. I like the versatility of Quizizz. My students tend to work through problems very slowly so when we play with a timer, many of them get frustrated and give up. I can turn the timer and the leaderboard off on this one, putting the focus back on the process where it should be.

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  2. Great post! I love Kahoot, so I look forward to looking into Quizizz more!!

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  3. tammyrodrig says:

    Thank you so much for your detailed post, Lisa. I have used both Kahoot and Quizlet Live, but had never even heard about Quizizz. My kids love the competition aspect of the other two tools, but I agree with you that at times being able to turn those off would be very advantageous.

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  4. Wow, what a great post. This post may be shared with many in my building as I love Quizziz, as do my students. They are ‘bored’ with Kahoot since MANY teachers use it for review. Quizziz is great for use as check-ins for homework or fun ways to assess students. Thanks!

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  5. druinok says:

    Thank you so much!! So with the HW option, you give them the code and they just take it home to do it on their own time? That’s really awesome! If you turn off the leaderboard, does it tell them each time if they got the problem right or wrong? I might have to give this a shot this year!

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    • lisakmcleod says:

      Yep. I push it to our Classroom page using the oh-so-handy provided button. That way they have the link to the page and the code to type in. Positively fool proof. You know, that’s a really good question. I don’t remember if it does. I’ll have to play with it and get back to you!

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  6. agilin says:

    I love Quizizz! As always, a very thorough and great post! Have you ever used this website? https://screencast-o-matic.com/home It allows you to record and show what you are doing on your computer screen and you can also talk and explain what you are doing! I saw you did screen shots and thought the site might be easier for you as you explain step by step!

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    • lisakmcleod says:

      I have used it for other grad classes but hadn’t thought to use it here. That’s a great idea! Thank you. Screen shots are a go to for me, so I can do them quickly. With all the assignments I have due by Sunday, it was easier to go with what I know well. But I will definitely play with it and try a post with it.

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      • agilin says:

        Completely understandable! You did a great job (as always!) with the screen shots and explaining. Just wanted to let you know in case you hadn’t heard of it before!

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      • lisakmcleod says:

        I’m glad you did! You gave me a great idea and something new to try. I can apply that to help videos for my students as well and put them up on Classroom. Thanks!

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  7. Wow! What a great resource! This what I love about technology and integration! The fact that we can transform traditional stereotypes of school to fit our today’s students. Technology isn’t going away anytime soon, it’s just going to evolve. So why not embrace it and integrate it with a purpose! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. lisakmcleod says:

    Thank you. I put a lot of these together for various reasons. I love making them.

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  9. Cmyers says:

    Do you have issues with students complaining they accidentally clicked on the wrong answer? I wanted to use this for graded homework but since they can’t change an answer before it is submitted, I am reluctant. Has anyone else had that issue?

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    • lisakmcleod says:

      I have had that issue but we use it as a learning experience. We talk about taking our time and making sure we click on what we want to click on. I also check everything by hand as well. They know that if they click on something by mistake, all they need to do is tell me what they meant to choose, either in person (before we talk about it) or by email while they are doing their homework. It’s easy enough for me to count it as correct when I put the grade in my gradebook.

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