Teaching and assessment go hand in hand. With the help of clever online quiz tools, the two can be practically seamless and--believe it or not--even fun. Web 2.0 turns testing into a game, a challenge, an interactive experience that teaches as much as it tests.
Multiple choice, multiple learning styles
A quick tour of some of the latest Web 2.0 quiz makers (see links below) will give you a sense of the features, benefits and interesting possibilities. Many have built-in quizzes for subjects like math and science, language arts and social studies, most of which can be customized. You can adapt length and level of difficulty, choose from multiple languages, and modify multiple versions for differentiated instruction. You can also use the tools to create their own quizzes from scratch.
Some tools let you add pictures and sound and even embed video and animation to test questions. Many offer multiple types of questions--from true or false and fill-in-the-blank to multiple choice, multiple question, short answer and even essay.
Tried and tested
Web 2.0 means you can create, administer and grade your quizzes online. Then you can analyze the results and store for future reference. The next time around, you can reuse the same questions or mix old and new based on your experience, your analysis and the composition of your class. There's no reinventing the wheel, no wasted paper, no red pens to lose and locate.
You can access quizzes from anywhere with an Internet connection and share them via email, social media sites, or your own class or school website. All in all it's a more expedient, intelligent approach that will get you thinking about more and more creative ways to teach and assess.
Give and take
It takes innovative new approaches to assess 21st century skills in today's classroom. But along with student portfolios and projects, peer reviews and personal observation, testing plays key role in evaluating knowledge and skills. There is still a vital place for tests and quizzes, one that thus far can't be matched.
Assessments allow teachers to measure more than their students' knowledge. They can also measure the success of their own instruction and curriculum. If the end goal is the meaningful understanding of concepts and facts, then meaningful quizzes are one of the most effective ways to make sure students are getting what they need.
Testing doesn't have to be completely teacher-driven. With Web 2.0, students can take more ownership of the learning process and become more invested in the assessment process. In the old days teachers would "give" a test and students would "take" a test. With this new approach the lines are more blurred. Practice and self-grading quizzes are simple to create and give students the tools to see what they need to master where they need to improve. Knowledge becomes valued for its own sake, not just as it relates to test scores and grades.
Turning the testing model on its head
By making the whole process more interactive, you put students in greater control of their learning, so they're more invested. Rather than top-down, it's more back-and-forth. It's more about learning for the sake of learning, not just for the sake of the grade. Getting the right answer is fun and rewarding; making mistakes is part of the learning process – less punitive, more forgiving, more encouraging.
Interactive multimedia quizzes keep students more engaged in the learning process They're less intimidating, more fun. Students are more motivated to learn
Practice tests are easier to create and administer, so you can do more of them. If student understanding is the ultimate goal, then more quizzes can be more beneficial. And with Web 2.0, quizzes may actually become something students enjoy--rather than dread.
Are you game?
Speaking of practice tests, there are many educational online games that are useful for assessment (see links below). Search for games that reinforce the content you're teaching, then let students have some fun while honing their skills. Just remember to make sure you're not just assessing how well someone plays the game, but how well they have mastered the content. Always keep your eye on the objective, not on the bouncy ball!
ONLINE QUIZ TOOLS
Create online quizzes with the form application for free. This tutorial shows you how.
ProProfs Quiz Maker
Create a quiz, share it with others, and view results instantly. Analytics feature lets you obtain stats on the difficulty level of each question, time taken to complete, quiz popularity and more. Share via email, Facebook, Twitter or embed on your class website.
A free and comprehensive quiz-making application from Discovery Education. Create and edit customized quizzes using multiple languages and multiple user-friendly options.
Use QuizStar to create online quizzes, disseminate to students, automatically grade and view the quiz results online.
Features include four question types, automatic grading, a really simple interface and detailed reports.
Math test activities for K-12.
A comprehensive tool for customized, multimedia-enhanced quizzes. Free, Basic, Standard and Premium packages available for a nominal monthly fee.
ONLINE GAMES (for practice and assessment)
Flash card games and quizzes
FunBrain Science Games
FunBrain Language Arts Games
NeoK12 Quiz Games
Creative quiz games categorized by grade level.
Free online access to thousands of ready-to-use activities, motivating games and avatar features. Educators can use 'as is' or customize the learning experience.
Strengthen core knowledge of English and foreign language arts, geography, history, math and science through interactive quiz games.