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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 ARE INCREASING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT in the classroom. 310 teachers responded and what amazing results we have had!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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