Familiar game show-like quizzes with a few new features

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Price: Free, Paid
Platforms: Web

Pros: Nice, real-time visualization of results; progress tracking (for a fee).

Cons: Limited question types with no option for open-ended response.

Bottom Line: Easy-to-set-up and mostly free way to assign quizzes and check for understanding with a handy but paid option for progress tracking.

Don't limit Quizalize to summative assessments. Use it as a pre-assessment tool before a unit to see which students need enrichment and which need intervention. Then use it as a formative assessment to check for understanding and determine how to proceed with instruction in the middle of lessons and units. Hide student identifiers and share results with the class for instructional purposes. Break out of the multiple-choice modes by setting up surveys to get student opinions or as a self-reflection tool. Also don't forget that students can create their own questions to include in a quiz for their classmates.

Quizalize is a classroom quiz-game website similar to Kahoot!, Quizlet, and Quizizz. Create quizzes with multiple- or two-choice question sets or single-word responses presented as word scrambles. Students then access the quiz from the web using a class code and see the full quiz on their screen. Teachers see how each student is progressing to the score goal, and they can choose to display this progress to the class. Teachers can connect with Google Classroom through ZZish, which serves as the dashboard/tracking system for student data. Students can play a quick game using the class code or log in with their G Suite for Education account (if teachers want to track progress). Premade quizzes are available -- some for free, and some at a cost -- and teachers can share the quizzes they create, too, for free or for a price.

After the quiz, students see their score, the time it took them to answer each question, and a list of all questions, their answers, and correct answers. Teachers see a quick list of which students were strong and which need help. There's an optional premium upgrade that adds long-term progress tracking. Without this upgrade, teachers and students have access to only five quizzes' worth of data.

Several classroom game show websites exist, but what sets Quizalize apart is the data. Teachers can see who needs help -- while students are still taking the quiz -- and they can see details on how students answered each question. When creating the quiz, teachers can add categories to make data analysis more efficient and meaningful and add answer explanations to provide students with context. As with Kahoot!, scores are based on how quickly students answer questions, so the highest score earner may not have the most correct answers. Premade quizzes are browsable by content area in the marketplace or by standard (for Common Core and most states).

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Individual or team competitions engage students to see who can answer correctly and quickly.


Quizzes can help students understand how they're doing. Teachers can easily identify students who need help with a specific skill or topic via post-quiz reports.



A video tutorial, a printable teacher guide, demo quizzes, and real-time chat support help teachers get going. Teachers can add question explanations to give standardized feedback to students.


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Another Great Alternative for Formative Assessments and Getting Information on Adjusting Instruction

Overall, I'd encourage teachers to mix up the tools they use to help students review lower-level information and this should certainly be in your "toolbelt!" I like the interface, the reporting options, and the ability to assign as homework. I did experience a little confusion as the URL for the product changed from quizalize.com to live.zzish.com when I was looking for results. I still don't have a complete understanding of the relationship of the two URLs, but I believe the data analytics are being accessed from a different web-based tool and that's what is behind it? It could be better for teachers if that wasn't the case since it was a bit confusing.

The only other negative I came away with when using this tool was that here is another web-based tool that is pretty engaging, but tends to encourage teachers to focus on lower-level depths of knowledge. If your students enjoy this type of tool/activity, I would just challenge you to be sure you're finding ways to make your questions challenging or only use this type of activity occasionally and still push your students to a deeper learning in other ways!

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