Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2016


Familiar game show quizzes with a few new features

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4-12 This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.

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. 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, too, to include in a quiz for their classmates. For more tips on how to use quizzing and formative-assessment tools such as Quizalize, see our Teaching Strategies page on how to Make Formative Assessment More Student-Centered.

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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 Google for Education accounts (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, how long 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 only have access to five quizzes worth of data.

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There are several classroom game show websites, 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 questions. When creating the quiz, teachers can add categories to make data analysis more efficient and meaningful and 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.

Teachers can create quizzes in math mode, enter multiple-choice or two-choice questions, or give one-word choices as a word scramble. While this is a good start, more question types would be nice. Premade quizzes are browsable by content area in the marketplace.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

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

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

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


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

A video tutorial, 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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Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher