Review by Paul Cancellieri, Common Sense Education | Updated May 2013

Quia Web

Quizzes and fun games based on teacher-provided content

Subjects & skills

  • Critical Thinking
  • Character & SEL
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
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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 Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

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 Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

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 Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

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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Paul Cancellieri Classroom teacher

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Kathleen F. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Games and quizzes and practice, oh my!
QUIA is useful for all levels of students - advanced learners can challenge themselves, while low literacy students can focus on repetition/flash cards and word find games to reinforce vocabulary. It's easy to navigate, students can find not only my activities but also search for similar ones made by other teachers (i.e. AR verbs, subjunctive, food vocabulary). One thing I must admit is that it takes a LONG time setting up the quizzes and activities. I spend a good 2 hours a week creating quiz banks and activities, but once they are created, they are there forever, just like my SMART board lessons. As part of my "flipped classroom" initiative, one of the things I've tried to do is get review lessons and assessments out of the classroom. While you can't post videos to QUIA, you can create review questions - in any format - as well as activities and quizzes. What I do is create a video lesson on something they SHOULD know (for example, reflexive verbs), and then they have one week to do the activities and practices on QUIA before taking the summative quiz. If they have questions or trouble, as long as they are logged into the system, I have access to their activity and can see exactly where they are making mistakes, so I can help them quickly and individually. Quizzes can be randomly generated through a mass question bank (which you create), so each student gets a unique quiz and the requisite "cheating" is kept to a minimum. Students can use the site by simply searching for your name, or you can create a class list for them, with their own unique user name and password (I change theirs to "Spanish" to make it easy). Again, it's time consuming entering 130+ names into the system, but if I do one or two classes a day, it isn't bad. While it does cost money for an annual license, I am fortunate in that my school has purchased licenses for us for the past several years. Don't be fooled by the non-flashy setup of the website. When you realize just how much QUIA has to offer you (even a gradebook, if you want to go that route), you will want to use it more and more. Baby steps, can be overwhelming!
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