Your students might disagree, but quizzes are a teacher’s best friend. Not only are they an effective study tool, they’re also perfect for providing snapshots of your class’ progress on a particular topic. The results of a well-placed quiz can help steer and pace your lessons to ensure that everyone is learning.
So how do you get your students clamoring for quizzes? Head online. Never before have teachers had such unfettered access to a broad variety of handy resources. The biggest problem is deciding which ones are worth your time. To help out, we’ve compiled a guide to five of the most useful educational assessment tools currently available.
Strengths: A bright and lively way of engaging students, Kahoot! allows the whole class to participate in communal learning game from their individual devices. Educators can put multiple choice assessments together in a matter of minutes, use on-the-spot polls and facilitate live discussions. Students can also build their own quizzes.
Limitations: Kahoot! doesn’t store long-term data for students, so teachers will need to record and compare results for each quiz themselves. Assessments are limited to multiple choice.
Strengths: Quizlet Live operates along similar lines to Kahoot!, with the added bonus of being collaborative. Students are sorted into random small teams, with each student having their own mobile device. The answers to multiple choice questions are spread across the team’s screens – only one student per team will have the correct answer. The game encourages communication and efficiency while testing knowledge.
Limitations: The game only offers team-based challenges. It also requires a minimum of six students to play.
Strengths: Looking for more flexibility in your classroom quizzes? The user-created quizzes of Socrative can include multiple choice, true or false and one sentence responses. The Space Race feature allows for collaborative team-based testing and printable reports make data tracking relatively straightforward. Excellent for immediate feedback on your students’ grasp of material.
Limitations: No facilitation of in-class discussion or peer-to-peer feedback. Once students have submitted their answers, they cannot be changed.
Strengths: More than just a quizzing app, Nearpod allows teachers to construct fully interactive classes. The lessons can include videos, slideshows, websites and quizzes and provides teachers with insights into both student comprehension and classroom behavior. Nearpod also facilitates long-distance learning, as students can access classes remotely.
Limitations: Though Nearpod is powerful and simple to use, creating presentations can be time-consuming. Lessons delivered via Nearpod will require a stable internet connection.
Strengths: ZipGrade differs from the apps listed above in the sense that it combines digital and physical assessment. Teachers can create digital quizzes based on free multiple choice answer sheets and then use their phone as a scanner to quickly grade them. To save on printing, the answer sheets can be laminated and marked with erasable pen for reuse.
Limitations: Answer sheets must be printed and physically submitted. As grading occurs digitally, students won’t receive corrected answer sheets to see their mistakes.
Nick Nedeljkovic is a freelance writer and blogger from Sydney. With a love of learning and more degrees than he can afford, he’s a passionate advocate for education in all its forms.