Kahoot!


Recently a tech colleague passed along a great free online resource to use for formative assessment and classroom activities.  I’ve done little quiz games or review games in the past using online resources like Socrative, but this one has a new twist.  The website is called Kahoot.

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Kahoot reminded my students a lot of the quiz games played in restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings.  A question is displayed on the front board and each student selects an answer to that question from their personal device.  (I’ve had students use computers, IPads, Kindles or phones for this activity).  If you get the question correct, you get points.  If you answer faster, you get more points.  After each question, the student sees their ranking on a leaderboard.  It’s a lot of fun and provides great motivation for the students.

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Teachers can create “Kahoots” from getkahoot.com.  It gives you the option of creating quizzes, discussions or surveys.  Right now I’m only using the quizzes.  The teacher creates multiple choice quizzes and has the option of adding in pictures and video in the questions too.  After a Kahoot is made, you are ready to share it with the students.

The students just go to kahoot.it.  From there they will type in a pin code that is assigned to the Kahoot the teacher is running.  The quiz is teacher paced, meaning that the questions only appear when the teacher is ready.  Once ready, the teacher shows the students the question on the board.  After 5 seconds, answer choices also appear on the board.  Each answer choice is color coded.  On the student’s individual device, they see the color coded choices but no words—they have to look up at the board for the question and the answer choices.  They select the color associated with the choice they think is correct.  Once all students have answered, they find out how many points they earned (if any) and what their ranking is in the leaderboard.  At the end of playing a Kahoot, the teacher can download the results, which gives you question by question analysis of how students did and you can easily see questions that were the most problematic.

We loved using Kahoot and now I’m just under pressure to create more Kahoots for us to do in class!

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Socrative


Socrative is a great online resource for teachers that want to do quick, formative assessment or informal checks on learning.  Teachers can create a teacher account that works like an online “classroom”.  Students go to that online classroom to participate in any activities the teacher makes active.  Here is a list of some of the things a teacher can do using Socrative:

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This is biggest thing that Socrative can do.  Teachers create multiple choice, true false quizzes using Socrative and invite the students to their classroom to take the quiz.  You can choose between student paced quizzes, where the students cycle through the quiz questions at their own pace, or teacher paced quizzes, where the teacher controls when the next quiz question will be displayed.  I like to use these quizzes as informative formative assessments.  I check for understanding, analyze the results for patterns, and determine whether or not we are ready to move on to the next concept.

Exit Ticket

This is a great way to do a formative assessment.  Students can type in their own words, answer specific questions or give just a general reflection on the lesson of the day.  The teacher can craft these to narrow the scope, but I usually just have a couple open ended questions that I use to get information from the student.

Space Race

It isn’t a perfect game, but Space Race takes any quiz a teacher has created and makes it a game where spaceships fly across the screen with every correct answer.  The objective is to be the first spaceship across.  The thing my students have enjoyed about SpaceRace is the random grouping feature.  I will set it to randomly group the students into 6 or 7 different groups, each assigned a specific color.  Then, once the quiz begins, they know their color and always call out “Who else is Purple?”.  They are cycling through the same old quiz questions, but wrapping it up in a game makes it a lot more fun for the students.

 

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Results:

Results for all activities on Socrative are stored on the website and can be automatically emailed to you.  The emailed results show each response and totals up the number correct too.

How to use it:

Students can access Socrative on the web or through the Socrative App that is available at the Apple ITunes Store.  In the past, I’ve had students download the app to their phone or Ipod and they seemed to like that.  Today, I just have my students go to www.socrative.com, enter the student portal and enter my personal Socrative classroom number.

TestMoz: Online Test Generator


Here are some things I like about student review activities (prior to a big test):

  1. a grade-able quiz where I author the questions
  2. question and answer variability so that students can take the quiz more than once for review
  3. quizzes that give immediate feedback so that students can assess their readiness or competency
  4. easy online access without student username/password sign-in features
  5. easy to access quiz results that make for easy grade recording
  6. free (probably should have put this at #1)

About two years ago, I found a great downloadable quiz generator program called Quiz Creator from Wondershare.  I downloaded the quiz editing software, created unique and special quizzes and was able to publish them as embeddable flash files that I could upload to my class website.  The kids just had to put in their first name and last name and when they finished, the results were emailed to me.  Pretty awesome.  But early on in this quiz creation romance I knew we would have problems.  The software was only available for PC.  And even if I found some compatible Mac software, I would have had some problems getting the privileges to install a program on my school Mac computer.  Doing the quiz writing from home was not ideal, but I lived with it.  Then we changed school website servers and I found that I couldn’t take the PC created flash files and transfer them over to my IWeb website.  With no way to get these quizzes online so my students could take them, I needed a new quiz creator.

Into my life walked www.testmoz.com.  It’s a very simple online generator created by an undergraduate student at Washington State University.  TestMoz allows you to create quizzes online by simply giving a test a name and an administrator password so that you can access the quiz and edit it later.  You can make fill in the blank, multiple choice, multiple response or true/false questions.

You can choose for the question order to be random and you can also choose for the multiple choice answers to be randomized too.  Students have to type in their name before taking each quiz: no sign-up or anything.  All results are stored on TestMoz where I can access them later with my admin password.  It’s so clean and simple and it seems a little too clean and simple, but I really love it.  The flash based quizzes I used in the past were a little more jazzy and then just showed one question at a time, where these quizzes show all the questions at once.

Like I said earlier, I like to use these kinds of tests as review before a big test, where students can repeatedly go over the questions so that they are comfortable with the material and concepts that will be on the actual test.  Students can retake the quiz and, although they are getting the same questions, there is enough variability that they still have to think a little bit.  (Also, if I don’t want to allow the students to take it more than once and they do, I’ll just take the first score submitted by looking at the timestamp that accompanies the results.)

TestMoz seems to fulfill my wish list above for things that I’m looking for in an online quiz that my students can use for review.  Do I wish it was a little more flashy or pretty?  Of course, I’m a girl.  But as an educator strictly focused on outcomes, it’s a match made in online test generator heaven.