It can be very useful to be able to create self-correcting quizzes for pupils in the classroom – to be used either at home or in school. As well as providing feedback on what has been learned by pupils, the act of creating quizzes by pupils using interactive tools like these can both be motivating in itself but also creating questions helps embed that learning. Elona Hartjes shows the link to a study which shows just what a difference to learning the creation of quizzes can make for learners. The following are some tools which are free to use – where quizzes can be created by the teacher (or by the pupils).
http://www.what2learn.com/play-a-game/make-your-own-game/ What to Learn (w2L) is a free to use online tool for teachers to create self-correcting quizzes in a variety of game formats. These can be linked to a school website, blog (or Glow for Scottish schools). Although the games can be used by pupils without logging in there is the advantage that if a teacher first creates an account and adds pupils in to the system the teacher can then get feedback on how the pupils get on in the game. Pupils can also make games using W2L – there is a filter in place to avoid others trying to add objectionable content, and a link to report any content which is deemed inappropriate. Click here for guidance for teachers http://www.what2learn.com/examgames/usergen/teacher-guidance/
http://testmoz.com/ Testmoz is a test generator that provides 4 question types, automatic grading, a really simple interface and detailed reports. Testmoz is free, and does not require you (or your pupils) to register. You can build a fully functional test in about a minute. 4 Question Types available are: True/false, multiple choice, multiple response, and fill in the blank questions. Reports let you see the scores, averages and actual responses to questions. You can even export the data. There are no advertisements, banners, or popups. Your tests are password protected – however you must copy your link down somewhere – but be aware there is no facility for retrieving passwords or lost links to tests you create.
http://www.mystudiyo.com/ At MyStudiyo you can create interactive quiz content for your website or blog quickly and easily. Simply add your own content to quiz templates and create a quiz for your class. After you’ve created your quiz, copy and paste a few lines of HTML code (provided when you create the quiz) into your website and it is ready to use by your pupils. You can add video (you can paste a link to most hosted video sites), images (which you can either upload or link to from an online source), and text (you may add and format text in any media location, and you can also add HTML code and link to images as well).
http://www.thatquiz.org/ ThatQuiz lets teachers create quizzes based on some subjects (mainly maths) where the teacher chooses the area of work, specific topic within that area, difficulty level and whether to have a timer enabled. ThatQuiz then generates a quiz based on these choices and the teacher copies the code for that quiz and pastes it into their own blog or website for their pupils to access. All users have access to all of the tests without registration. Pupils do not require to register but there are additional features for teachers – registration is free and teachers who register receive complete record-keeping of pupil scores. They have access to more precise test-generation tools, can create single tests with questions from different categories, can create matching and multiple choice questions, and can access a public test library.
http://people.uncw.edu/ertzbergerj/msgames.htm Create games from free to download Word, Excel and PowerPoint templates provided at MSGames. While these are not online quizzes in the same way as other online tools, many can be used online if viewed in the Internet browser either as class activities or individual activities. These Templates of games have been created – all you have to do is input your content. Your games can match what you are teaching today in class. All games are created using Microsoft Office so almost anyone can download them and immediately begin editing or using them. No code or programming language to learn. All of these games are trade mark free and copyright clear so you don’t have to worry about using trademarked or copyright protected images and sounds without permission. There are categories of games for different types of classrooms: Whole Class Games (designed to involve the entire class at the same time for use in a classroom setting where the teacher has their computer hooked up to a projector so that everyone in the class can view them at the same time); Individual Games – designed to be used in a one computer to one pupil environment (all you have to do is input your questions, and the template has built in many games around them. As the student answers your questions the mini games get harder); Board Games and Bingo. So when you have created your games using Word, PowerPoint or Excel you can either upload them to your blog or website or use them on your computer.
Hot Potatoes is a free to download software suite which includes tools to make a variety of interactive activities. The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for putting on a website or blog. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source. Click on the link below to use the interactive tutorial to get started:
Click on the link below to have a go at example activities created using each of the applications within the Hot Potatoes suite:
http://www.quiz-creator.com/blog/2009/09/free-online-quiz-creator-tools-create-online-quizzes/ Blog posting about 12 Free Online Quiz Makers to Create Online Quizzes:
ProProfs; Classmaker; QuizCenter; QuizBox; Google Docs; MyQuizCreator;
Quibblo; eQuizzer; Quizilla; Quizz.Biz; MyStudiyo; EasyTestMaker.
http://quizboxes.com/ Stu’s Quiz Boxes (for Windows) might remind people of the TV gameshow, Jeopardy. You can use it to make an interactive gameshow in your classrooms. It’s all about teamwork – Quiz Boxes can be played by up to 6 teams in a classroom. You can download it for free. But if you use it, you must produce a good-quality Quiz Boxes question file on any subject and share it by emailing it to the website for inclusion at the site. You can create your own background images and button images if you are so inclined. Furthermore, you can also make it a multimedia quiz by adding your own MP3 files to each question if you want.
http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/09/5-tools-to-create-and-administer.html Richard Byrne has collated 5 online tools for creating quizzes. These five tools can be used by teachers to create and administer quizzes online. There are many other quiz and survey tools on the web, but not all of them provide the option to see quiz takers’ results. These five were chosen because teachers can see their students’ results.
http://www.robinstechtips.com/?p=394 Robin’s Technology Tips provides a template and step by step guidance to using Google Forms to create a self-graded quiz for pupils.
http://cybraryman.com/quiz.html Jerry Blumengarten, the Cybraryman, has created a list of quiz-creation and test generator tools suitable for the classroom.
http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/2010/11/top-10-sites-for-creating-quizzes.html David Kapuler has compiled a list of his suggestions of the 10 top sites for creating quizzes.
Kubbu is a free online tool for creating games, puzzles and crosswords for pupils to play online. Teachers can create public games or just for their own pupils, and can see the feedback from pupil interaction with the games.
http://quizlet.com/ Quizlet lets you create online flashcards or other online games for helping remember vocabulary/meanings for any topic and then embed these in website or blog pages.
http://www.quizbox.com/builder/ QuizBox – in three steps create a quiz for your website or blog. Quizbox lets you redirect users back to a specific page of your website or elsewhere on completion – including to different specified pages dependent on the score.