Tech Thursday: Interactive Quizzes
For students separated by distance, interactive quizzes can be a useful tool to get them engaged with content and with each other.
For students separated by distance - whether that’s a physically spaced in-person class, a HyFlex class, or synchronous online class - interactive quizzes can be a useful tool to get them engaged with content and with each other. While there are certainly good arguments for using the quiz functionality in your LMS, I think it’s useful to consider outside options as well, especially where a link to the LMS calendar or gradebook isn’t the deciding factor. It’s probably not a surprise that I’m a Google suite fan; I really like how Google forms is so easy to use and easy to set up based on “paper” quizzes because the copy/paste function works quite well (unlike most LMS quiz function). Plus, if you’re a Google campus you can require students sign-in with their school email for added security. Google Forms allows you to create many different types of questions, displays instant response data (bar and circle charts), and sends response data to a spreadsheet. I also appreciate the many public templates available for adaptation, like the one below....
For a more game-like interactive option, this is a fun Google Slides Jeopardy template with instruction for setting up your own Jeopardy game.
If you’re looking for other fun and interactive quiz options, here are some game and polling that offer free versions and are easy to use from a computer or mobile device. For more Jeopardy style options, there’s Factile, Jeopardy Labs, and Flippity (which works with Google Spreadsheets). For polls, there’s the always-popular Kahoot, Mentimeter, and PollEverywhere that are free, easy to create, and accessible from a computer or mobile device.
Finally, some other online quiz options I haven’t investigated myself - would love to hear how these work for you!