Monthly Archive for November, 2010

A Cornucopia of Classroom Quiz-Creators -Tools for Creating Online Quizzes for the classroom

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:

http://hotpot.uvic.ca/wintutor6/tutorial.htm

Click on the link below to have a go at example activities created using each of the applications within the Hot Potatoes suite:

http://hotpot.uvic.ca/wintutor6/index.htm

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.

http://www.flubaroo.com/flubaroo-user-guide shared by @FelipeMorales: Flubaroo: integrates with Google Docs to create self-grading quizzes sending email feedback to pupils.
EducaPlay is a Spanish site available in several languages (including English) which lets users create online multimedia quizzes in a variety of formats, each of which can either be played from the site or embedded elsewhere online.  The formats available include: map, fill in blanks, dialogue, riddle, jumbled word, matching, quiz, crossword, dication, jumbled sentence, and wordsearch puzzle. The puzzles have a timer, feedback and scoring.  Activities already created can be searched for within the site.
http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2011/05/12-puzzle-and-quiz-creation-tools/ Danny Nicholson has created a review of 12 puzzle and quiz-creation tools.
Zondle is an innovative way to create online games based on any topic. What makes Zondle different is that you enter the information you wish to learn and then the learner chooses the game from a wide range of game types. Zondle then presents the informaton to be learned in that game format. That way teacher (or pupils themselves) decides the content but the pupil chooses how they wish to learn it – and can have multiple different ways to learn that material. Any game can be embedded elsewhere online so thta a teacher can make the specific content available to pupils, or they can serach on the given topic from Zondle’s vast store of previously created content by other users, and choose the game they want to play to learn that material.
Quipper is a quiz creator where you can add your own questions and answers, and the generated quizzes can be viewed on mobile devices on downloadable apps.
StudyStack is a flashcard creator. You can browse the content created by others or create your own. The topic information chosen can then be played in a range of game types. Additionally, the information can be exported for use on mobile phone apps in a very wide range of mobiles, making this a very versatile tool indeed.
Free tools to Create and Administer Quizzes is a collection of links to other quiz-creation tools for the classroom collected and described by Med Kharbach on his blog Educational technology and Mobile Learning.
QuizSlides is a site where you can upload Powerpoint presnetations, where you have created with multiple choice questions, and retain the interactive options online. QuizSlides does not require registration by users and quizzes created can be embedded elsewhere.

2Simple Infant Video Toolkit – it’s nothing to do with video!

2Simple infant video toolkit http://www.2simple.com/ivt/ comprises six programs for early years introducing basic skills, and supported by excellent video lessons aimed at teachers using them with the pupils (that’s where the “video” fits in the title!). 

2Paint – Draw pictures with a very simple painting program
2Publish – Combine words & pictures & create letters, borders, envelopes & much more
2Count – Explore counting with pictograms
2Go – Teach & explore directions
2Graph – Make graphs, bar charts & pie charts in seconds!
2Question – Create branching databases with words & pictures
Click on the link link below for a user guide:

http://support.2simpleweb.com/public/docs/userguides/Infant_Video_Toolkit.pdf

For a quick overview video of the suite of programs within 2Simple Infant Video Toolkit click on the link below:

http://www.2simple.com/ivt/video/index.html

75 example video lessons are included with the software intended for the teacher to use with the pupils.  Click on the link below to access the video lessons which can be used with pupils to explain how to use the programs in various curricular contexts:

Infant Video Toolkit is part of the online subscription service Purple Mash, meaning access is available at home for subscribers.

Game-making in the primary classroom with 2DIY from 2Simple

2DIY from 2Simple provides the means for teachers and primary pupils to create their own interactive resources, activities, games, puzzles, quizzes. With this software teachers and primary school children themselves can create cross-curricular, personalised resources and use them on whiteboards, websites, blogs or a learning platform like Glow. Learning is embedded as children plan, design, create, publish and play.  Drag items to a picture, create  interactive screens, make jigsaws, sorting & grouping activities, picture quizzes & even create your own multi-level games.

Click on the link below for a video introduction to 2DIY

http://www.2simple.com/2diy/video/index.html

Click on the link below for the user guide for 2DIY from 2Simple:

http://support.2simpleweb.com/public/docs/userguides/2Do_It_Yourself.pdf

Click on the link below for instruction sheets by Sean Harding and Gideon Williams for making a catching game in 2DIY
http://2simpletalk.com/Content/pdfs/how-to-create-a-simple-catching-game-in-2do-it-yourself.pdf

2Simple Talk provides a forum for users of 2Simple software and online content to share examples of work created using the software, and where additional support materials created by users can be shared.  Click on the link below for 2 Simple Talk:

http://2simpletalk.com/

Click on the link below to see work created by pupils from Dunipace Primary School using 2DIY;

http://www.2simpletalk.com/?p=2092

2Simple have a wide range of videos on their 2Simple YouTube channel which show how users are using the software.  Click on the link below to go to 2Simple YouTube Channel and enter 2DIY into the serach box for all 2DIY videos:

http://www.youtube.com/user/2SimpleTV?feature=mhum#p/search

Below you can try playing the maze game created using 2DIY (use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move).

In addition to supporting learning across the curriculum, the use of 2DIY game-making tools can contribute to the development of programming skills and the logical problem-solving sequencing of mathematics. And it's fun!

Flip Video Cameras in the classroom

http://www.theflip.com/en-gb/ Flip digital cameras are very popular as the video camera of choice in primary classrooms.  While they may now no longer be available to purchase, many primary schools will already have these because they are simple to use when recording video.  The controls are just what are needed and no more.  And with a flick of a slider on the side of the camera the USB connector flips out and can be connected directly to a computer.

The following links to resources are mostly specific to the use of the Flip Video Camera but much can also be applied to any digital video camera. 

For alternative video cameras which have similar features to the Flip camera  @digitalnative shared a review by Amy-Mae Elliot of 5 Flip video camera alternatives: http://mashable.com/2011/05/06/flip-camera-alternatives/#view_as_one_page-gallery_box1243

Likewise Michael Gorman has compiled reviews of 12 Flip alternatives: http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/12-fabulous-flip-camera-alternatives-for-education-a-must-read/ - as well as including reviews of cameras which have similar features to a Flip camera (such as the USB connection)  this list also includes mention of other devices which schools, pupils or staff may have (ordinary cameras and mobile phones) and provides advice about using these.

 A Flip-like camera which has features which would make it particularly attractive to schools is Kodak Playsport ZX5.

For an excellent resource site full of tutorials, helpful hints and ideas for how to use the Flip video camera in a classroom visit The Teacher’s Hub here:  http://theteachershub.com/2009/10/5-resource-sites-for-using-flip-cameras/

For a list of ideas for using a Flip Camera in the classroom visit : http://blogs.vusd.org/Flip/?p=61

For a blog with 10 ways to use a Flip video camera in the classroom click on the link below:

http://www.digmo.co.uk/tips/10-educational-uses-of-a-flip-hd/

http://echucaelearning.wikispaces.com/Flip+Cameras - for a comprehensive wiki collection of links to resources to support the use of Flip video cameras in the classroom this is excellent.

 https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_6tv55j7g9 - a collection of ideas collated from various contributors by Tom Barrett of interesting ways to use a pocket video camera in the classroom.

Below find some video tutorials on using a Flip video camera with helpful hints and tips:




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