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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!

 

 

Let’s talk assessment. I use a lot of tech tools for formative assessment. The kids love them; I get immediate feedback and all of the tools I use allow me to download the information so I can track results. That’s a win-win in my book!
 
 
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I love using the short answer question on Socrative. I can throw a question to my students during the lesson and let them show me their understanding of the topic. I always project the results on the board anonymously. Students love to see their thoughts made public in our classroom and because I don’t post names, they are free to take risks. Watching a student read someone else’s answer and then revise their thoughts is amazing. This app also allows you to create exit tickets. Each exit ticket has three questions: how well did you understand (mc), summarize what you learned, and answer the teacher’s question. (Write one on the board beforehand or ask one.) All results are shown on the teacher’s screen in chart form.

 

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Kahoot is hands-down my students’ favorite tool. They will beg me to do a Kahoot if it has been a while. I have reservations about this one. The timed feature severely limits what types of questions I can ask, and speed is rewarded over perseverance. How do I teach them that the struggle and the process are more important than the product and then do a Kahoot? They love it though so we do use it periodically.

 

 

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Quizizz is very similar to Kahoot but instead of being teacher-led, each student plays on his or her device and moves on when ready. You can turn off the timer and the leaderboard to take the element of competition away. After answering a question, a funny meme pops up, which the kids love. Quizizz includes the option to assign a quiz for homework. I rarely have an issue getting students to do their homework when I use this app.

 

 

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Plickers works well for classrooms that are not 1:1, as the only device needed is one smartphone. This is another game my students beg to play, even though my classroom is 1:1. I create multiple choice or T/F questions and display them on the board through the Plickers site. Each student has a card glued into the back of their notebook and holds it up with the correct letter facing up. I use my phone to scan the cards. As each card is scanned, that student receives a check, so I know who I missed. My phone tells me who got it right and who needs more help, but that information is not posted on the board.

 

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The last tool I use regularly is Google Forms. Did you notice they just added a Quiz feature? In the past, I have used Forms with Flubaroo to grade and return them, but the Quiz feature makes it even easier. If you click on the settings gear, it gives you the option to turn already created forms into quizzes. How slick is that? I am anxious to give it a try when we return to school. Have you used it yet? Do you like it?
 
 
 
 
Which tech tool is your favorite way to assess? Please vote below and leave a comment on which you chose and why. Is there one I’m missing? I’d love to hear about it!