How I Use It
Quizizz is a great, free, incredible website and teaching tool that will have your students begging for more assessments…IF they’re made with Quizizz! Here’s how it works: You can access thousands of user-created, already-available Quizizz (and edit them to meet your own needs) OR make your own! It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s AWESOME! To make your own, you quickly create a teacher account, create and save a quick multiple choice quiz, and use the code for a virtual room to give to your students. Students use the code to enter and submit a nickname or even use their student ID numbers (students do not have to register).
In teacher mode, you very simply enter as many multiple choice questions as you would like, and indicate the correct answer. The right side of your screen shows what the students’ screens will look like. It’s all very intuitive. To keep adding questions, just click that “add question” button at the lower left-side of your screen. For each question, you determine the length of time that students will be allowed (from 5 seconds to five minutes), which allows more time for more complex questions. You can even add images to your questions! Unlike similar game sites like Kahoot, both teacher and students are able to see both the questions and answers throughout the quiz. Click START GAME after students have entered the join code.
You can choose random question ordering with the Jumble Questions option. You may opt to show the Leaderboard depending on the personalities of your students. I usually like to Show Answers at the end of a session so that students get quick review feedback. There is an option for students to earn extra points for answering questions quickly, which turns the session into a speed drill. Lastly, and this is everyone’s FAVORITE PART of Quizizz, do yourself a favor and leave on the Show Memes option! The directions are right on the screen for your students! They go to join.quizizz.com and follow the prompts…it’s that easy! They get to enter their name, and get a countdown when the teacher starts the game. Then, students click on one of the four answer choices. Quizizz tells them immediately if they’re right or wrong.
At the end of the whole session, your teacher screen is filled with more data than you could have ever hoped for! Green indicates correct, red indicates incorrect, and at a super-quick glance you can make informed instructional decisions about who may need more support and who may need a new challenge! If you click on the SAVE DATA button, it exports all of the results into a beautiful Excel spreadsheet. BOOM – grading done!
Quizizz also has a feature that lets you use it for homework assignments. You can set a due date and time so that students must complete the session at home before time runs out. Even HOMEWORK just got more fun with Quizizz!
I ran a 4-day technology inservice for teachers. One day we played Kahoot and the next we played the same set of questions with Quizizz. 100% of the participants preferred Quizizz, generally because a) the answer choices were on their devices, and b) they loved the memes!
I have only two wishes about Quizizz:
1) I wish that there was a way to include questions that have no right answer choice (for fun surveys & polls)
2) I wish that there was a way for a session to be teacher-paced instead of just student-paced (for the teacher to ‘release’ one question at a time
The hard-working team at their website is really generous about responding to the wishes of their users (they added an option for create-your-own-memes based on customer feedback) so I have no doubt that this site will continue to improve even more!