Student quizzing sites like Plickers and Quizizz are proving extremely useful for engagement and AfL this lockdown. One of the nice things about Quizizz is the volume of pre-made quizzes, but I usually find I want to tweak them for a few of reasons:
- I want to ensure my questions helpfully inform me about student understanding, not how good they are at picking obvious answers.
- I want a steady increase in difficulty. My general aim is that a class will achieve 70% accuracy in a quiz (an arbitrary threshold for not too difficult, not too easy). I want early recall questions to give the students a feeling of success in their knowledge, but I want the final questions to probe their understanding.
- I’ve found that running the same quiz at the beginning and end of a lesson helps the students see and enjoy their progress, but this approach definitely requires shorter quizzes than I was using originally.
Learning as I go along, my quiz collection more consistently applies the above three principles as it grows. Regardless, if you are interested in using Quizizz, I hope it will be a useful starting point: