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Pop Quiz! What are teachers’ 5 favorite quiz making tools online?

Computers, Tablets, Chromebooks, and other devices are empowering innovative teachers every day, and we love the impact that they’ve had on learning styles, but there’s one pillar of the education world that isn’t likely to change anytime soon:

The Quiz.

A term dreaded by some and feared by others, the quiz is something that’s here to stay, but as far as blackening out letter bubbles on a big test sheet—the days may be numbered. When a Louisiana school district tested electronic testing against paper testing, 80% of students said they preferred testing on a device, and 85% felt more confident in their performance that way.

The availability and ease of electronic devices in the classroom have opened up many options for teachers to administer tests and quizzes, and we were interested in the ones that teachers enjoy the most, so we asked the question around, and rounded up the 5 favorites from teachers on the web!

1) Google Forms

(free) (common core)
Leading the pack is the simple yet powerful Google Forms add-on to the Google Docs suite. With an extremely user-friendly interface, an ever-growing catalogue of user-generated templates, and other features (like a “question shuffle”), it makes quiz-building a quick and easy task, while remaining versatile enough for almost any classroom. If you’re not privy to quizzing on a computer, a Form doc can also be printed to look like the paper quizzes of yore.

2) Socrative

(has free version) (aligned with common core)
Socrative is a browser-based quiz tool that works like an alternative to the “clicker” device you may have used in college lectures. The difference? It’s much, much cheaper—free, in fact, though it does require a device for interaction, such as a smartphone, tablet, or desktop browser. Socrative allows for quiz generation and administers them through whatever web-enabled devices you choose. Socrative also produces quiz reports for teachers, and also boasts a community for teachers to share and import quizzes.

3) Pear Deck

(has free version) (aligned with common core)
Not quiz-making, per se, but Peardeck provides a fun platform for educators to give assessments mid-lesson, really cranking up the interactivity for students, and giving the instructor better gauge of their lesson’s effectiveness. It integrates directly with Google Drive, so the most popular platform for Peardeck is the Chromebook. You really need to see it to believe it. 

4) ExitTicket

(has free version) (aligned with common core)
ExitTicket is a more by-the-numbers assessment tool for teachers, used expressly for issuing quizzes and measuring the results. ExitTicket boasts being very Common Core-friendly, which makes sense because so much of the system is driven by metrics and charting student data, in real-time and over a long-term period.

5) Kahoot

(has free version) (aligned with common core)
While it might not have the right to be called a “quiz-maker,” Kahoot is a tool that allows educators to create competitive quizzes, discussions, and surveys, by presenting these as a class-wide game. Using a projector to illustrate progress and scoring, students can compete by answering the questions through any web-enabled device. Not the most orthodox way of issuing a quiz, but certainly a way to liven up your learning environment.   

Honorable Mention:

Flubaroo

Flubaroo doesn’t produce quizzes, but it’s a great tool for quickly grading and assessing the class—calculating variables like class average, low-scoring questions, and grade distribution by group.

 



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