If You Like Kahoot, Try Quizizz!

Do your students like to play games? Do they get excited about a little competition? Many educators are familiar with Kahoot and have probably used it for trivia or as a fun way to review for tests and quizzes. However, Kahoot has limitations such as being created only for live play as well as not showing the question and answer directly on the student’s screen. QuizizzQuizizz is similar to Kahoot but in addition to a live mode, it also has a homework mode. This allows students to play Quizizz and to practice and compete outside of class while still allowing the teacher to track student data and provide feedback. The student also sees the questions and answers on their screen and can review all questions when done.

Quizizz Results

Quizizz also has a fun meme option where students see a different meme after each answer. MemeWhile teachers can easily create memes from dozens of provided pictures, they also have the option of starting from scratch by uploading their own images or they can select memes that have already been fully created.

Here a few other notable features. 

  • Quizizz can be played any device
  • Uses Google’s Login
  • Integrates with Google Classroom
  • Can search for Quizzes that are already made
  • Can duplicate and then edit Quizzes made by others
  • Has the option to shuffle questions and answers
  • Has the option to activate a Question Timer (faster answer = more points)
  • Can show answers after each question and/or review all questions at the end

Want to see Quizizz and test the Homework mode for yourself? Go to https://join.quizizz.com and enter 087822 for the Game Code (expires 3/31/18). Then take the 8 question quiz to test your knowledge of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Note: I turned on all of the features listed above.

Code

Thanks to Mr. Ankit Smith for creating the original Olympic quiz! I merely duplicated, edited and attached a pre-made meme set.

Need more resources? Check out this quick guide or these video tutorials

Using Video to Hear Student Thinking

I would love to be able to sit down individually with each of my students and talk through our most recent activity, lesson, standard, etc. More importantly, I would love to hear my students think. I would love to watch them as they explain how all the pieces fit together. I would love to fill in any holes with immediate feedback. However, unless my administrators decide to put 10 students in my classes as well as reduce the number of classes I teach, there isn’t time to meet every student one-on-one. So what’s the answer? Recap! It’s a free “question-led chat tool augmented by video that makes it easier to start deeper, more empowering discussions with students and teachers.”

Recap
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Using Recap, a teacher can post a question – or series of questions – and the students can then post a video response. (Video responses can be up to 5 minutes long but the teacher has the option to reduce the maximum time to 15, 30, 60 or 120 seconds.) Videos can also be set as public or private. Public means that the class can watch each other videos while private means only the teacher can view them. Either way, text comments can be left on each video which provides a great way to offer constructive feedback. A few other features I love is that I can share a join pin rather than requiring my students to create yet another login. Also, if you are a Google Classroom user, questions can be posted directly your Classroom. Finally, students can record their videos via computer or they can download the Recap app.

Recently, I used Recap as an avenue to hear my AP Biology students explain how bacteria regulate their genes with operons. This activity required them to build two different operons out of pop it beads and playdoh. Then, they recorded themselves working through their operon model from start to finish. They explained the structures, demonstrated how the operon was turned on or off, and showed the end result. I was able to type feedback comments while watching their approximately 2-minute videos. Through this activity, I was able to assess each students thinking without scrambling to find time during class.

Recap can do a lot more than just post videos regarding one question. Click here to learn more about Recap including how “Journeys” can lead your students on an adventure!


** While Recap gives an embed code, WordPress would not allow me to embed an iFrame. Therefore I screencast the videos and uploaded them to YouTube. Due to this work around, the video quality was slightly reduced.