Customer Survey Reveals Incredible Results: Quizalize and Zzish Are Helping Teachers to Improve Student Participation and Engagement!

In a recent survey, we asked our teachers to share their thoughts and experience of Quizalize and Zzish to help us gain an insight into how our apps were doing in the classroom. 310 teachers responded and what amazing results we have had!

Survey Results

Overall, 77% found our Zzish teacher dashboards helpful when trying to understand the progress of their students while 68% of teachers found that using our dashboards reduced the time it previously took to make, issue and mark formative assessments. With extra time on their hands, teachers found that they were able to get back their free time outside of the classroom to re-energise as well as reorganise classroom time to ensure that all their students were receiving a quality learning experience. Out of those surveyed, 78% found that using Quizalize has increased student interaction in the classroom, with many teachers telling us how much their students love our basketball game-view of Quizalize, HOOPS. In fact, nearly 50% of all teachers found that their students preferred to use Quizalize than any other formative assessment tool, with one teacher stating that on a night before a test, students are already emailing her to remind her to use Quizalize as a pre-assessment tool!

What’s even more exciting is that 67% of participating teachers attributed improvements in student performance solely to the use of Quizalize in class. With teachers re-energised and students regaining a love for learning, it’s fantastic to see that Zzish and Quizalize are making such a big impact in the classroom.

We at Zzish are excited to see further results as our platform continues to grow and we are grateful for all the feedback you have given us. Using your experiences and comments, we hope to continue to deliver the best formative assessment tool to schools all around the world.

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Texas school improves DCA science tests by 8-10% using Quizalize

Introduction

Three 6th grade science teachers from a school in the Round Rock Independent School District, Texas, have been using the free Quizalize and Zzish formative assessment tools in their school for the last six months to help prepare students for the District Common Assessments (DCA). The results are quite outstanding. Students this year score, on average, 8-10% more in their assessments compared to results last year.

The teachers attributed this improvement solely to the use of Quizalize and Zzish in class and for homework. There were several other perceived side benefits too. Aside from improved mastery of subjects, students seemed more willing to communicate with teachers and displayed more confidence when completing assessments; teachers were able to use the data to deploy more bespoke exercises to individual students depending on ability – thus saving hours of time on marking admin and lesson preparation each week. And, with greater student engagement and improved results achieved, the teachers in question said that they were really starting to enjoy teaching again.

Background

Science teacher, Carolina Carner, at Chisholm Trail Middle School started using the Quizalize app and Zzish teacher dashboards to engage her class and get instant insight into student learning gaps back in 2016. She tried and tested many apps over the years, but rapidly found Quizalize a powerful teaching and learning tool and then introduced the product to fellow science teachers Rebecca and Tammy. The teachers have now used Quizalize and Zzish to help prepare some 360 grade 6 children for the regular DCA tests throughout the year and were finding these two EdTech apps an indispensable aide for exam preparation and subject mastery.

The Power of the Zzish Teacher Dashboards

Quizalize, powered by Zzish teacher dashboards, is a formative assessment tool that transforms regular tests into fun classroom team games. It is a powerful analytical platform that aggregates performance data in real time and produces easy-to-interpret reports that diagnose those all-important learning gaps. Using this data, teachers are then able to differentiate their teaching and give personalised one-to-one or small group attention to the students who need the extra help.

Teachers can create their own formative assessments quickly and easily using the quiz creator in Quizalize, or they may search the Quizalize marketplace and use or edit one of the 40,000 quizzes created by other teachers within the community. In Chisholm Trail Middle School, Tammy, Carolina, and Rebecca have been creating their own science-based quizzes, which can be found in their public profiles within the Quizalize marketplace. Check Carolina’s quizzes here.

While students undertake these formative assessments via Quizalize, the Zzish teacher dashboards automatically organises the students into three groups based on their % test scores: those who have achieved mastery by scoring 80% or more; those who are ‘almost there’ scoring 50% or more; and those that ‘need help’. Teachers can instantly see this information whilst the students play via the ‘Who Needs Help?’ screen, enabling them to start giving personal attention to students who need greater support, instantly. Where a manual process for marking and analysing assessments might take the equivalent of at least 2 to 3 hours work, Quizalize – married with the Zzish teacher dashboards – enables teachers to do this in seconds.

The “Purpling-out” Methodology

The teachers in Round Rock have been using Quizalize and Zzish as a pre-assessment tool. They use the tools in the two days prior to the District Common Assessments to identify and address learning gaps and drive student mastery.

Carolina, one of the science teachers, has introduced a whole new level of mastery to Quizalize and requires students to “purple out” (purple is the colour used to indicate a correct answer in Zzish) making students repeat the pre-assessment in Quizalize until they score 100%. If, after a few attempts, students still do not “purple out”, Carolina will then look at the ‘Who Needs Help?’ screen to see the class level learning gaps and review the individual student reports. Students requiring the additional support would then gather in a group around her computer and go through the test, discussing key sticking points, in order to drive memorisation and rational thinking around tricky problems.

Carolina commented: “The Quizalize and Zzish apps allow me to differentiate abilities and set assignments against these. For example, I do the Quizalize quiz the day before the test so they have a full period to practice if they need to, but then the other students get to do the extension because they have mastered the content. It helps them to stay engaged while I get to work with students that are struggling with the content. I get quality time with my students that need me the most, and ultimately these children develop the confidence and aptitude to succeed. It’s for these very reasons that I am very thankful for applications like Quizalize. It has helped me to enjoy my job as a teacher all over again.”

The Power of Gamification

Gamification has one very clear benefit in engaging students in learning and helping students to enjoy school. However, Science teacher, Rebecca, noticed that the gamification aspects in Quizalize, particularly the HOOPS team basketball game view, have had a very positive impact in one specific way: students are much better at reading the questions properly.

This entails students undertaking a standard Quizalize assessment but, whenever a correct answer is given to a test question, an animated basketball player slam-dunks a ball through a hoop (incorrect answers are shown as a missed shot). For more intensive challengers and seasoned players, HOOPS ‘All-Star level’ can be unlocked. To qualify, classes must play at least 10 assessments or activities in class; once this limit has been reached, teachers and players are able to select a difficulty level.

HOOPS complements Zzish’s existing range of features that gamify formative assessments in class in order to stimulate motivation, drive engagement, optimise memorisation and develop mastery.

Rebecca comments: “Students are so excited about trying to score baskets, they are carefully reading, concentrating, and putting forth their best effort on the questions. As a result, students are better learning the material.” Crucially, with engagement achieved and memorisation improved through gamified learning, students are carrying what they have learned through into the standardised DCA tests. The key factor here is that students are learning in a way that is different from the static, pen and paper based methods of traditional learning. Edtech is complementing the standard teaching and learning practices and, in turn, students are responding to interactive exercises that are helping them master and memorise information

The Gift of Quality Time

The science teachers’ experience of Quizalize and Zzish at school highlights a few but very important points: technology can be used to not only address the disengagement problem and increase student mastery of subjects but to also alleviate the excessive admin and paperwork that is preventing teachers from actually enjoying their job and doing what they do best-teach.

“Edtech apps like Quizalize have brought new life back into my teaching career” concludes Carolina. “I used to spend hours assessing and trying to put children into groups. This is a labour-intensive process, which saw me investing lots of additional hours on weekends and weekday nights undertaking the analysis to identify learning gaps and prescribing exercises to drive mastery over weak areas. Time is precious to teachers, and this program, in particular, has saved me so much time.”

Ensuring That All Students Succeed

One really encouraging aspect of the results is that Quizalize and Zzish is having an impact on student achievement across the board. “Every single student that I have has benefitted from the Quizalize program. I give them that differentiation that they need,” says Carolina. However, what is perhaps most exciting is that many students who used to struggle are now starting to succeed and starting to enjoy school and learning too. As Tammy reports, “I have one student, who when he got back tests in the past, expected the absolute worst. And the past few tests have come back, and for the first time the student is making progress, and he’s excited to go home and tell his family about it”

At Zzish our goal is to democratise access to advanced learning technologies such as Quizalize and ensure that every child fulfills their learning potential. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are thrilled by the impact we are having already!

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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.

How This Teacher Made Assessments and Studying Easy with Quizalize

In the last few years, I have used apps to help myself and my students prepare for assessments. It is difficult to find an app that is versatile, provides students with feedback, and gives teacher support. Quizalize does a great job of providing formative assessments as either a game or an assignment. Furthermore, it provides the teacher with data on how students performed on the multiple choice assignment or game.

As luck would have it I did not find Quizalize, they found me. They started following me on Twitter. With a couple of quick clicks I had to see what they were about. Ten minutes later I had an account and I was creating my first quiz. Luckily, Quizalize and I found each other in enough time for me to use it to help my students prepare for their final. When I saw how easy it was to create quizzes, and how students could use it outside of the classroom, I felt excited that I now had a tool that I could use the following school year for each chapter that I teach.

I teach 8th grade Social Studies, a curriculum that is already compressed and does not allow me to spend a class period before each test to review. As a new teacher I would give out review sheets before a test. The problem that I noticed was that I was missing out on valuable instruction days because I was using class time to prepare students for a test.

For each unit, I teach the content and the skills. With Quizalize my students can now review the content on their own. If students needed more help comprehending a difficult concept or skill, they could see me during my extra help hours so that we could address it. I now had students showing up for either a last minute cram session or I had students showing up because they needed to go over a particular skill. I no longer had students showing up asking what to study and how to study.

For a first-timer,  you can begin by going to the Quizalize site. Creating an account is fast and easy. Once you log on you can view the marketplace to see what other teachers have created or you can begin to create your own. I am not tech savvy and was able to easily navigate through creating my own quiz within minutes.

If you have any questions or concerns, in the lower-right hand corner you will notice a circle with a bubble that is smiling. If you click on it, a member of the Zzish staff will be able to help you. What is wonderful about their staff is that regardless of whether you have messaged them with a question or not they will periodically message you to see how well you like the service. I cannot even begin to tell you how helpful and polite they have been.

Once you create a quiz, students type zzi.sh in the URL and then enter your classroom code. From there, they answer questions, get instant feedback, and they can look at data to see how well they are doing. For teachers, once your class is set up you can easily look to see who has taken the quizzes, how many times they have taken them and, more importantly, how well they are doing. Students create classes when they use the code to log into the assignment. Quizalize will not require students to create accounts and you won’t have to put in each student manually.

I have been using Quizalize for a year and have had nothing but benefits from its use. It has allowed me to save time on reviewing for assessments, it has provided me with data that I could use so that I could alter my instruction, it has provided students with an app that prepares my students for assessments that gives instant feedback, and it has provided me with a tool to inform parents on whether or not their child is studying for assessments.

Homework and Review
For each unit that I teach, I create two assignments on Quizalize for students: One prior to their unit Quiz and another one prior to their Unit assessment. Students can take the Quiz as many times as they wish. To make better use of their studying, I tell students to take the quiz once. I then have students look at the data that Quizalize provides and at what questions they got wrong or are struggling with.

After they see which questions they are not doing well with, I recommend that they go back to their notes and review the information again to see where they might be going wrong. After they review the material, I tell them to take it again to see how they did. For each unit assessment that I give I do provide a variety of apps that students can use to help them study. When students know they have a test in the upcoming week they will ask and make sure that I have a Quizalize available to help them study. I am fortunate that I have a good rapport with students that are not in my class and I am also a Coach. For students who are not in my class who want to utilize Quizalize I created a section for them.

Saves Time
In the beginning of my career, I was encouraging students to create index cards or I would have them create a flip-book to review. There is much to be said for having students create those materials and there is also much more to be said when the student says to you that they lost it or it took too long to write 50 or so index cards therefore they did not study. I prefer to create the quizzes myself; however, if you feel that it is more valuable for a student to create a quiz, that can be done with a little guided practice. From an instructional standpoint, if you see that a majority of your class is struggling with a topic or question it will allow you to reteach it or address it in a future lesson.

Eliminates Excuses
By having quizzes available on Quizalize there really is no excuse as to why a student could not study for an assessment. In rare cases I may have a student who does not have access to a computer. In those cases, I either find a way for them to get access to a computer or I go to the “edit” section of one of my quizzes that display the questions and answers and just print them out.

During parent conferences, if a student is struggling with assessments, I remind the parent that students have access to Quizalize. If the student tries to pull one over on the teacher or their parent by saying they use it when they in fact don’t, it is easy for you to view that class to see if the student is taking the time to use Quizalize to study. If the student is not using it, then you now have a record of it. It is unfortunate that teachers sometimes need to use Quizalize to catch lies, but sometimes that is the world we live in. I have rarely had to look into Quizalize to prove someone wrong, but I am glad that there is that layer of protection if I need it.

If you are considering using Quizalize and would like a guide to get you through, there is plenty of information out there or you can use one of these resources:
How to Create a Quiz
YouTube Tutorial

About the Author
John Heeg (Twitter: @dpmrheeg) earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Secondary Education in 2000 from Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, and holds permanent certification in Social Studies from grades 7-12. He then went on to receive his Masters Degree in 2006 from Touro College in Special Education and a Post-Graduate certificate in School Administration from Stony Brook University in 2009. John began his teaching career at the Lenox Academy in Canarsie, Brooklyn where he taught English Language Arts and Social Studies for grades 6-8. In 2003, he began teaching 8th grade Social Studies in the Deer Park School District where he has held the role of a Mentor for first year teachers, Mentor Coordinator, and a Teacher Leader for the 8th grade Social Studies Department.

Interactive Formative Assessments: The Secret To Optimized Learning

The Importance Of Interactive Formative Assessments

Unlocking wonderment in subjects is essential to the mastery of tests and memory retention. Where traditional pedagogy is failing to properly engage the young generation of digital natives, interactive formative assessments might just have the answer to both optimized learning and teaching.

Schools and education authorities are constantly looking for ways in which to help students learn better; a fair argument is that technology, despite revolutionizing our world in many ways, has failed to make a significant widespread difference to classrooms today. Yet traditional methods of teaching have done little to drive mental engagement among students, with many subjects like mathematics and science terminally regarded as two of the blandest necessary evils of the curriculum. Adherence to standard textbook-based teaching means that nothing is being done to challenge this perception when it’s all too clear that unlocking curiosity and wonderment across all academic disciplines is not only essential to the mastery of tests, but also key to ensuring that more students are inspired enough to pursue further study and even pursue teaching as a career later in life.

There is no doubt that the process of memorizing fundamental nuts-and-bolts facts, principles, and rules of subjects is tedious. But all that is set to change.

Technology: Disrupting The Tedium

Some of the best edTech apps for smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers employ gamification techniques and reward and recognition systems that make the whole learning process more engaging and fun. They speak in the language that children understand: Gameplay, color, interactivity, and friendly competition. It is difficult to emulate that kind of dynamism using traditional methods of textbook and whiteboard based teaching.

Marry that with formative assessment – one of the most powerful ways in which to drive student achievement, so empirical studies say. Formative assessment focuses on inclusion, rewarding effort and progress and enhances the motivation to learn and master. Combined with interactivity and aggregation of data on student performance, a formative assessment could become the definitive and most indispensable tool at a teacher’s disposal.

“Previous to using edTech apps, my assessment of skill gaps in student learning was, at best, approximate and anecdotal; that is, I estimated these gaps based on anecdotal observations from class discussion and student evaluations such as unit tests,” said Kevin Neal, a social studies teacher at Valley High School in the West Des Moines school district in Iowa, USA. “I truly believe that the future for optimal student learning lies in continuous formative assessment mobilized by technology through online interactive tasks made available both in class and to students outside of class time.”

Neal says that tools which include dashboards that enable teachers to spot those all-important learning gaps on a class and individual level as assessments are undertaken in real time, have made the formative assessment process much easier to manage, record, and analyze results so that a bespoke learning program can be deployed to address problem areas.

“I can categorize the questions according to important cognitive skills such as contextualization, synthesis, and analysis and receive aggregated data for each academic skill.  Most importantly, students receive the same valuable feedback immediately”, Neal continued.

Feedback, of course, is an essential part of learning, enabling students to understand the subject being studied while giving them clear guidance on how to improve their learning. EdTech apps that facilitate the process through providing continuous data upon which to base assessments while making valuable data accessible every time a test is completed can enhance the learning and memorization significantly because feedback can be given back so instantly. Questions can be categorized according to the cognitive skill required for mastery and students may take the same test multiple times (e.g. pre-test and post-test) to yield comparative results and reinforce memorization.

“The key thing is that learning and assessment are malleable and sensitive to the different abilities and strengths of every individual student. Standard pedagogy, despites all wants and intentions, doesn’t have this capability so it makes sense to leverage smart technology to collate the data and take the hard admin out of the analytical process so that teachers can spot areas where help is required quickly”, said Neal.

Thanks to the ease with which these tests can be implemented in class and at home for study, Neal says that edTech apps have enabled him to change from having a formal evaluation of students once every 3-4 weeks (the length of a curriculum unit) to obtaining valuable data every time students complete a test (at least once a week). And because of targeted teaching and the tech-enabled rigor used in the analysis of results, Neal maintains that his time spent on admin and marking has decreased by almost half, while class performance on assignments have increased by approximately 15% compared to the previous year when edTech apps were not regularly incorporated in class or for homework.

“Marking is a mundane but necessary part of the role of teaching”, said Neal. “Time is at a premium and both schools and teachers need to keep their eyes open for new and innovative ways in which to work, making learning more engaging and effective and optimize time spent on tedious admin. It’s high time classrooms started embracing more of this kind of technology. There is no point teaching the future workforce and leaders of tomorrow in a tech-optimized world using draconian, 19th-century methodologies. This generation is digital natives; therefore, learning and teaching must adapt accordingly to create meaningful engagement and drive academic excellence”.

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Interactive Formative Assessments: The Secret To Optimized Learning

Teacher’s Competition

We are giving away a $50 Amazon voucher to the teacher who can create the best Quizalize feedback video!

In this video we would like you to answer the following questions:

  • How has Quizalize helped you and your students?
  • How has Zzish helped you and your students?
  • How has Quizalize and Zzish made you a better teacher?

In this video we would love it if you could:

Have some student comment on how much they like Quizalize Show the whole class playing Quizalize You can shoot the video using your mobile or laptop and send it to [email protected]

The video should be between 1 minute to 3 minutes long.

The competition closes midnight Wednesday 31st August 2016. If you are the winner you will be notified within 15 days of the competition closing date. If you have any further queries then please do not hesitate to email us to [email protected]

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.

Will you Quizalize your Class Progress?

I learned of  Quizalize when they followed me on Twitter (thanks, Quizalize, btw!). Intrigued, I headed to the site to check it out. It was very easy to make a new quiz. Click the + New Quiz button and you’re on your way. Add multiple choice questions with a few features — a range in timing from 5 to 60 seconds, images, math mode (for math symbols and equations), and an explanation of why the correct answer is correct. I used the math mode so I could insert superscripts. I did have to read their excellent guide on how to make that work, but I felt like I learned something in the process.

After I created the quiz, I created my classes. Each class gets a code. When students play, they type in their names and the code and they get funneled into your class without creating an account. I love that! Then you can assign the quiz to the class and leave it open. This is one of the features I like the best. I created the quiz and assigned it on Monday, but my students didn’t know anything about it or use it until Tuesday. This makes Quizalize great for a station in a rotation that might span a couple of days or as a homework assignment. With a click of some buttons, you can assign and unassign quizzes.

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Quizalize has a kid-friendly and colourful interface

By Jenny Shen

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Quizalize is an online platform for classroom polling and assessing that can be accessed by computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Teachers can create quizzes to test students’ knowledge in the classroom, then see the results propagated in the Teacher Dashboard through data reports. Quizalize can be integrated into Zzish, a popular learning app management system that many teachers and schools might already be using.

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