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

Quizizz

Quiz-game tool errs too far on the side of simplicity

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Pros: Well-designed quiz-creation tool.

Cons: Limited to multiple-choice questions and only four possible answers.

Bottom Line: Memes make quiz feedback fun, but teachers looking for more options and flexibility may want to consider alternative apps.

Use Quizizz as an in-class quiz game or assign it for homework for students to complete on their own. The reports make it easy to use quiz results to inform instruction. Teacher can see how students performed on each question and use that information to figure out what needs to be retaught or readdressed as well as which students might need some individual or small group reinforcement.

To go beyond simple checks for understanding, explore how quizzes can lead to more student-driven reflection and self-assessment using post-quiz polls and surveys.

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Quizizz is a game-show-style quiz tool similar to Kahoot!, Quizalize, and Quizlet. It has both a web-based version as well as an iOS app for students and Chrome apps for teachers and students. There's no question, however, that Quizizz is heavily influenced by Kahoot! and aims to be even easier-to-use and more quirky, and on those fronts it succeeds. Teachers create an account, but for students it's optional. Students access quizzes on their devices or computer using an access code, and they can see both questions and answers on their screens. Teachers can share quizzes with students through Google Classroom, as well. There's a searchable database of hundreds of quizzes, and teachers can use those or edit them to meet their needs. When creating their own quizzes, teachers can add images as well as customize the feedback students see after each question on the quiz. Feedback comes in the form of memes (either premade or custom), which display based on right or wrong answers.

Students can take the quizzes all together competitively as a class (and see classmates' progress), or teachers can assign the quiz as homework and have students complete it on their own time. The quiz advances on its own as students answer.

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Quizizz's meme-style feedback sets it apart from other quiz games, amping up the fun and giving Quizizz a unique voice. Teachers can turn that option off (along with leaderboards, question timers, and music), but students will likely enjoy the added humor. The memes provide lighthearted if ultimately limited reinforcement and feedback for students. As with any of these quizzing tools, a lot depends on the quality of the quiz and what teachers do with the data collected from the reports. Teachers are, however, limited to only creating multiple-choice quizzes. While some teachers will appreciate this simplicity, teachers looking to do more will need to look elsewhere.

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Overall Rating
3

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
4

Fun memes give students cheeky feedback after each question, and teachers can create custom memes to increase the fun.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
2

An extensive database of quizzes gives teachers a solid starting point. Quizzes can be assigned as homework through Google Classroom. The lack of question types limits learning to facts and recall.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
3

Teachers can view reports by students to see which questions they answered incorrectly or can view students responses by question. Facilitating more detailed customized feedback would be a welcome addition.


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Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Kim L. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
West Valley Central School
West Valley, NY
4
Quiz app with MEMES as instant fun feedback!

Quizizz is one of my favorite digital tools! It’s simple to find a quiz someone else created, click to duplicate the quiz, and then edit it and make it mine. I can delete questions I don’t want with one click. But the best creation feature is that I can add questions from other “quizizz” to mine right there with the search feature and the preview of questions in the right-hand pane of this same window. (Of course, I can also create my own questions.) Another great feature is the one-click file system that allows me to save “quizizz” and organize them in class folders for easy access later. Of course, the fun memes are what makes “Quizizz” stand out from the other educational quiz sites like “Kahoot.” Sadly, there are a few public sets available to choose from which is my only significant complaint. However, you can create your own and share meme sets with colleagues. Sharing memes was a new feature added in the July update. I think more public meme sets are coming soon as they’ve also introduced a way to nominate your set for the “Hall of Fame.” You can quickly toggle off the meme feature (Why would you want to?) as part of the options when you launch a quiz. The best option you can toggle on and off is the time feature that scores higher points for faster responses. I usually turn this one off so that students who read or think more slowly aren’t penalized. The best way to use Quizizz is live, but you can set them up as “homework” which would be especially useful for students who miss class to still get the practice (especially if you are saving the data). My last comments are especially for Spanish teachers. I just recently discovered that you can get SPANISH memes by clicking on the Spanish flag in the top right corner when you initially sign on to launch the quiz. ¡Que padre! ¿Vale? And you can quickly copy and paste the accented letters you need when creating a quiz by using: http://spanish.typeit.org/.

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