Check Out Our New Team Game: Hoops!

If you are looking for something new and fresh to engage your students, why not try turning a formative assessment activity into a super fun basketball game?

Hoops allows your students to play a game of basketball against the computer. As students complete an activity, they will score points for correct answers and no points for incorrect answers. We think it’s a lot of fun and the teachers and students who have tried it think so too. Here is a tiny sample of the incredible feedback we have got so far:

“Tried it out today, my kids love it!”                        

“This was a total WIN today for their test review”

“They enjoyed the game tremendously”

“Just played it with a few pupils. They love it! Thanks for this cool feature!”

How to use Hoops?

To play hoops in class, you have to assign an activity to your class. If you’re unsure how to do that look at the following links:

Click here to find out how to create a quiz.

Click here to find out how to assign it to a class.

When you click on the launch activity button, you will be asked to choose which game you would like to play. Click on the icon with a basketball hoop to start a Hoops game.

Then you will be asked to choose the difficulty of the computer opponent. Difficulty settings are explained in the “How does Hoops difficulty work?” section below.

How does Hoops work?

Students can join the team game as usual: going to zzi.sh and entering the class code shown on the game screen.

As they play the activity, they will score baskets (worth 2 points) for the Home team. The computer will take a shot for each shot the students take.

You can see how the students are doing on the scoreboard in the middle of the screen, shown below.

How does Hoops difficulty work?

The difficulty setting changes the likelihood of the computer getting questions right. On normal difficulty, the computer will get a question right 55% of the time. On All-Star it will get a question right 80% of the time.

How do I unlock All-Star difficulty

To unlock All-Star difficulty, your class must have played at least 10 activities in class. When this limit is reached, you will be able to select this difficulty.

New! You can now play Kahoot and use the data in Zzish

You can now launch and play any quiz from Kahoot straight through the Zzish platform. And after your class is done you can import the data and use all of our great dashboards to analyse the data.

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To begin you click add activity.

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Now you need to add an activity from our app store*, in this case Kahoot.

*maybe explore some of the other great apps we have integrated.

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Select Kahoot from our app store.

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You can now launch an activity directly from our app store.

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Brilliant! you have successful launched the activity, the rest is simple.

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Now just like you would with any other quiz assign it to your desired class and enter a name and put a comment, make sure you include the Kahoot Quiz code.

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Now your done and ready to play, how simple was that! Get your students to type in the quiz code and they will get directed to your Kahoot Quiz.

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Now after your students are done playing the quiz, all you have to do in import the data you downloaded from Kahoot and your ready to see all the insights into their performance.

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As simple as ‘drag and drop’.

New! How to import a Quizlet Set into Quizalize

You can now import all of your Quizlet Sets into Quizalize, including those with pictures.

Note: The import function does not work with older versions of Internet Explorer.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Log into Quizlet and select one of your sets
  • Hover over More and click on Export

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  • Click on Select All.

Import Quizlet

  • Right click the highlighted text and click on “Copy“.

 

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  • Create a new Quiz in Quizalize and click on “Import Quizlet Set

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  • Right-click the empty text box and click on “Paste

Import Quizlet Sets

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  • And you’re done! Your set is now imported in Quizalize including images

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Make sure the definitions in your set are on a single line. Multiple lines do not export well from Quizlet.

New Feature: Individual Student Reports

You all already know that Quizalize turns assessments into fun classroom games and also makes teaching easier with its incredibly clear dashboards.

Our mission is to provide real teachers in real classrooms by transforming data that comes out of classroom apps into Really Useful Things You Can Use To Teach.

To achieve that we have been talking to you and teachers like you every day and we have used that feedback to build a way for you to see who needs help, what they need help with and how they are improving.

And now, we’ve just added a new feature which takes us further towards that goal: Individual Student Reports.

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Students are first praised for what they did well, and then given a prioritised list of what to practice. And it feels like a cheat sheet for getting more game points.

You can use the reports to decide the next intervention to make with each student. The reports are ordered by time taken to answer each question, which shows how confidently a student answered. The report also highlights and celebrates the student’s improvement over time, and lets you see the students earlier attempts at the same activity.

To use a report, just click on a student’s name in the dashboards.

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Students will find the reports when they log in, they just need to click on “Check your results” on a past activity.

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Why not give it a go now?

One dashboard for all your activities

By Vini Bance

I believe that real teachers should not be spending hours on end completing complex data tasks. They should have more time in class, with students and a healthy work-life balance so they can genuinely enjoy their job. Would you agree?

As a former teacher, now working with Zzish, we have spent the last few months working super hard with our teacher community to create this new platform that will allow you to do so much more in a short amount of time. From this week you will be able to set your various student activities all in one place and see complex data in an easy way.

The real power of Zzish lies in the progress view. This enables teachers to compare any two tasks and see how much their students have improved.

We aim to save teachers the time it takes them to plan tasks and analyse class results as we have made both these processes super simple.

We no longer want to see teachers overloaded with paperwork. We want to help you be amazing teachers that get stuck in and truly enjoy teaching. As for the all the complex stuff, we’re here to help!

View the improvements your students have made today! Simply login to Quizalize and go to your classes.

We look forward to hearing your views about our new teacher dashboards.

Quizalize Hacks

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Make the most of your experience using Quizalize with these amazing hacks. This article will show you how to use all of Quizalize’s functionalities to make fantastic quizzes to use in the classroom or to give for homework.

  • Video questions

It is possible to add Youtube videos to the questions with the following code:

videoq:w5GtWYGCdMA:2:48:0//yourquestion

The code w5GtWYGCdMA is part of the Youtube address (here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5GtWYGCdMA)

The video starts at 2s and ends at 48s. It will start when you click on the play button

if you replace it, it will change automatically.

 

  • Questions with sounds

You can add questions with sounds with the following code. For example:

audio://www.tonycuffe.com/mp3/cairnomount_lo.mp3

The MP3 file is online at this is address: http://www.tonycuffe.com/mp3/cairnomount_lo.mp3

 

  • Open questions

You can have an open question with no possible answers given. To do so, use the code:

freetext://correctanswer

 

  • Jumbled questions

You can put words in the right order using the following code in the answer:

jumble://word1,word2,word3

 

  • Commentaries

You can add a commentary or a written explanation following a wrong answer. If the answer is correct, the commentary won’t appear. However, it could be interesting for the commentary to be visible either way. Please add the following code in front of the commentary: “exp:1//written commentary”.

Translated by: Miss Grandemange, @MissGrandemange

Read the original article in French on the following link:

http://lycee-europe.savoirsnumeriques5962.fr/espace-numerique/outils-numeriques/quizalize-creer-des-quizz-ludiques-3140.htm

Bring the excitement of real-time gaming to your classroom

Today we’ve launched a brand new feature on Quizalize – the Team Game feature. The Team Game view can be shown on your interactive whiteboard, so students can see their progress in real time and your quiz becomes an exciting multi-player game.

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At Zzish we believe that educational applications should be both effectiveand engaging teaching tools. The Team Game view has been carefully designed in collaboration with leading educators to ensure that students of all abilities find it fun and motivating.

As students play a quiz, their progress is shown by their name moving closer to the finish line in the centre of the screen. It doesn’t matter if they get the answer wrong or right – each time a student answers a question their name will move one step closer to the finish line. In this way, all students can experience progress simply by taking part.

But each time they answer correctly they will score more points for their team, which are added in real-time to the total score at the top of the screen.  Students of all abilities feel they are contributing. The more able students tend to finish first and are naturally incentivised to help the less able students do better. Students love it – it’s great fun and it’s a collaborative learning experience too.

What’s more, the Team Game view works seamlessly with our new Strengths and Weaknesses view.  At the bottom of the Team Game screen you will see an anonymous summary showing how many students are doing well and how many need help. Just click on this summary to switch to the Strengths and Weaknesses view and see who needs your help and what they need help with.

Quizalize turns dull pen-and-paper assessments into engaging classroom games that students look forward to playing. We consistently find that when students know they will be playing a team quiz game in class, they are much more motivated to study and practice at home.

Moreover, Quizalize automatically marks the assessment and gives you a rich insight into both class and student strengths and weaknesses. This helps you tailor your teaching to the specific needs of the class and individual students. You get these insights in real-time and can even give one-on-one help to students in class whilst they are still doing the assessment. Giving immediate feedback is much more effective than waiting till next lesson, and it means you’ve got a lot less marking to do in the evenings!

You can create a quiz in Quizalize in less than four minutes. It’s free, runs in the browser on smartphones, tablets or computers (so there is nothing to install) and it’s super easy to get started with no set up required. Just sign up, create a quiz and play with your class.

And as we like to say at Quizalize, if a child can’t learn the way we teach, let’s teach the way they learn!

Click here to go to Quizalize!