If you are looking for a quick way to check for student understanding of new material, to give a quiz or formative assessment, or to provide a fun way to review for a test, several awesome websites are available! Here’s a short description of four that would be fun to try. Numerous others are available, too. I’ve tried to highlight a few things that make each of these unique.
Kahoot! is the “original” of the online gameshow-type review games. Teachers set-up the quiz in advance – either creating a new quiz or using one of the millions of Public Kahoot!s. Students join the game by going to kahoot.it on any device and entering the Game Pin given by the teacher. All questions and answers are displayed on a projector (and not on individual devices) so everyone answers at the same time. Points are awarded based on correct answers and speed of answering. The class works through one question at a time, which allows teachers to pause and discuss questions as needed.
Quizizz is one of the newer websites I have heard about, and it is often listed as an alternative to Kahoot!. One of the main differences from Kahoot! is that the questions and answers are displayed on each individual device, and students work through a quiz at their own pace. Students join a game with a code like Kahoot!, but Quizizz games can be played in class or can be assigned as homework.
Click HERE for a comparison of Kahoot! and Quizizz by Becky Keith on infogr.am
Socrative has three different options for assessment: Quiz, Space Race (competition), or Exit Ticket. A teacher can also ask a quick question, which gives generic answer choices to a verbal or projected question and answers. Students join the quiz or game with a code that allows them to join a “room” created by the teacher. Teachers can tag questions with state standards and can share quizzes with other teachers. Questions can be multiple choice, short answer, or true/false. Additionally, teachers can use the mastery tracker and reports to determine student understanding and progress.
Plickers is different from the others in that students DO NOT need their own device. Instead, students use a pre-printed card to display their answers. The cards can be printed for free on the Plickers website. Questions are restricted to multiple choice (up to four choices) or true/false. The teacher must have the Plickers app on his/her mobile device to scan student answers. Class and student information can be set-up online, which allows teachers to track individual student understanding and progress.
Two other review/quiz websites worth mentioning are Quizlet and Quizalize. Quizlet provides additional tools for studying, including flashcards. Quizalize touts itself as “the number one formative assessment tool” and is most similar to Socrative.
Let me know in the comments if you have used any of these formative assessment/quiz platforms, and if you have used more than one, let me know which one is your favorite!
High School Business & Technology Teacher in Skiatook, Oklahoma.
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