Website review by Paul Cancellieri, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2013

Quia Web

Quizzes and fun games based on teacher-provided content

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Pros: Kids will enjoy the variety of ways to practice content, and teachers get instant feedback.

Cons: Games don't provide real interaction with content, leading to only superficial understanding.

Bottom Line: Engaging activities help with vocabulary and curriculum recall, but they don't build critical-thinking skills.

Use Quia Web to reinforce content vocabulary at the beginning or end of a unit, especially at home or during remediation sessions. Give a quiz on Quia Web and have results just minutes later that can be used to guide differentiation. Consider setting up stations with laptops or desktops in your classroom, and have students complete a different activity at each station. Be sure to include stations with manipulatives or small experiments to provide some variety and connect with different learning styles. Or, after a pre-assessment, assign Quia Web activities as an out-of-class opportunity to close learning gaps for students who are missing some of the necessary prior knowledge.

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Quia Web is a platform for teaching and assessing students that basically offers an interactive way for kids to learn, study, and take quizzes. You provide the lesson material -- questions, vocabulary, etc. -- in any subject area, and Quia Web generates fun games and activities for them to do online.

Quia Web also hosts a collection of shared activities from other teachers and a question bank that you can use to create quick assessments.

Most of Quia Web's activities are interactive, and in some cases that interaction provides opportunities for students to grapple with new knowledge. For the most part, however, the activities support rote memorization of facts and definitions through repetition, and reward the student's ability to recall information. As a teacher, you can use these activities to build a good base of knowledge; however, they won't spark your students' imaginations or force them to think deeply. Consider supplementing Quia Web with hands-on experiences that push students' understanding.

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Engagement Would it motivate students and hold their interest? Is it visually appealing? Would it inspire teachers to try something new or change their instruction?

A wide variety of games, from simple flashcards to battleship and scavenger hunts, will draw kids in. Tracking their own progress and comparing scores with others will keep them coming back.

Pedagogy Does the tool help teachers promote a more student-centered experience? Will students gain conceptual understanding or think critically? Does it deepen teachers’ pedagogical thinking?

The activities challenge students to perform tasks, and the games serve mainly to encourage practice. At its core, Quia Web is primarily a didactic study tool. 

Support Can students and teachers get assistance when they need it? Is it created with people of different abilities and backgrounds in mind? Is learning reinforced and extended beyond the digital experience?

Extensive tutorials are offered for teachers, and kids get appropriate prompts along the way to ensure that they understand the goal. No curriculum is actually taught; rather, memorization is reinforced.


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NYTS-Charles D. , Classroom teacher
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EF Academy
Thornwood, United States
Outdated, price is rising, numerous better alternatives
Pro: If you set up a personal account, you can keep all your material when you change teaching jobs.

Cons: Nine years ago my students were complaining about how old-fashioned it looked. It hasn't changed one bit in all that time.
The price listed on commonsense.org isn't up-to-date. It's doubling to $100 for the '20-'21 school year.
When I made suggestions to Quia for how to improve (just simply to make the gradebook more manageable by freezing student names on the left and altern ...
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