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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  • Character & SEL
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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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Kathleen F. , Classroom teacher
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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 ...
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