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To begin with, you will see this page.
Browse a little and check it out, get the feel for it first. One of the things that I like about it is that it isn’t as much “eye candy”, bells and whistles and whatnot. I get that you have to draw kids in sometimes, but this site is really a “see what they know” more than a “see how fun we’ve made it” deal.
If you like: use the “create an account” link.Once you have an account, it is yours to manage-putting in class lists (which you may have many of if you see different groups/grade levels the way I do). YOUR login is at the upper right, and students will have a quiz code that you provide for them and they enter into the lower right. Quiz codes are generally a letter-number combination and after you have created a quiz, or selected it from some pre-made options available (often created and shared by other teachers), you can see the quiz code and share it with students. Sometimes I post it on the board for independent work time, other times I write it on a “Your to-do list for the week” card if I have an independent time management goal with that student, other times I’ll send a few codes home with students over long breaks to keep skills sharp. Of course, I’m getting a little ahead of myself and you here, but a helpful pre-hint:
If you get to making a class list, it’s a first name-last name entry. Make several “robot” names for when you want to test drive a quiz, for when that student from next door is sent to you for some “thinking time”, for when your own child comes with you before or after school…there are lots of good reasons to create a few extra “robot” accounts. Wi
Once you get a membership and log on:
After you log on, your screen looks like this.
Once you begin making quizzes and having students taking them, you will be able to see the quizzes and the codes that go with them by clicking on the “See Tests” link. It will take you to a page like the one below where you can not only see how many on that class list have tested, but can also track what you have been testing and assessing and how. This helps you to balance your quiz format approach. Don’t make them all long quizzes with many items. Don’t make them all short ones either. You have control over those things (including a time limit) and seeing them laid out like this will help you mix it up a little.
The grades are tracked for you on a handy grade sheet (below) that also calculates a running and average. You have the power to delete grades for a retake, but even better than that: when you click on a student’s grade it will pop up a little window tell you which items they missed, what the correct answer is and what their answer was, how long it took them overall…
That little pop-up detail window you get (see below) by clicking on a student grade (it also comes up immediately after quiz completion) can be very informative. Is the student so far off with their answers that they either are blindly tapping keys with zero effort, or need intense reteaching? Are they missing consistently by one or two, or is there a pattern in the types of items they miss or miscalculations that they make? You will be surprised how revealing the results can be
The trickiest thing is that when students log a quiz code in, they need to use a pull-down list to click on their names (to make sure the grade is assigned to them). The edit and retake option is always available for the inevitable mistakes, though.
This site is and has been a very useful one, I hope others get some use out of it as well. Let me know if you try it and how you like it!
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