Kwik Surveys

I have posted about tools for creating survey and questionnaire’s before and today came across Kwik Surveys, on Patricia Donaghy’s site, Free Resources for Education, which is a great easy tool to create and analyse surveys. This is a good one to use in a class situation (there’s no advertising on the site) where you want the students to create surveys or questions and then send them to their peers.  All that is required to register is an email address and password.  Once created, the surveys can be emailed to recipients, or placed in a blog.

The interface is quite straightforward. Click on New to create a new survey. Click on the plus sign to create a new question. There’s a range of types of questions that can be used such as multiple choice and text responses. Keep using the plus sign to add more questions until you have finished. Click on the account icon to save your completed survey. Once your survey is complete, you can launch it by sending an url link in an email or obtaining the code to embed in a blog. Then go back into your account to view the results of your survey.  When you create an account, it is not necessary to complete the whole form, as long as you have a user-name and a password, you can use the tool. This makes it great for classroom use, since students only need to provide their email addresses and not other personal details.

One of my favourite blog writers, Sue Waters, has written about a poll tool, Vizu, which you can read about in Sue’s post.  This seems to be a great tool to add to a blog to get feedback or responses.  There are a few great free survey tools available, but it seems to be a case of getting the right one for your needs.

In a previous post on creating quizzes, I was looking for something that would be suitable for classroom use, for students to send quizzes to each other. Kwik Surveys seems an ideal tool for that purpose.

Creating quizzes

I was searching for some easy quiz creators that I could use for students to create quizzes for their classmates. This is a great way for students to think about the concepts they have covered,  revise what they and have fun testing their peers!

Here’s a run down on the quiz makers that I came across:

Quiz your friends: free, easy and effective quiz creator, unfortunately the ads make it inappropriate for classroom use.  I’ve written to the creators asking if they can make it school-friendly.  This would be perfect for students to create quizzes, no registration required.

Classmarker: Requires registration but is free.  You simply create your quizzes and your learners or business clients take them online.  Great for teachers to create quizzes for students, but not really suitable for students to create their own quizzes to exchange with each other.

Mystudiyo is a free quiz creator that enables you to build a quiz and add it to your site. Great looking quizzes with a choice of templates.  As I learned from Larry Ferlazzo’s site,  Sue Waters has great screenshots about how Mystudiyo works.

I have written about Quia and Yacapaca! in a previous post, both of which have quiz making facilities. However, they are  teacher-generated.

So I haven’t found exactly what I am looking for. I’ll use Classmarker to create quizzes for students to do, but I’d really love to use Quiz your friends if only they could clean up the page.

After writing this post, Larry Ferlazzo kindly responsed to my plea and directed me to a few more options.

Smile allows teachers and students to create quizzes, drag-and-drop exercises and sequencing events.  The interface is very simple and clean, so very appropriate for student use.

Another extremely useful tool is to use google spreadsheets which enables users to create forms. These can be used as quizzes including multiple choice.  See Anne’s instructions for form creation.  I guess the only lacking in this tool is that it doesn’t give the sender the instant result of whether the answer is correct. Aside from that, it is a great way to create quizzes.

Online assessment tools

Not so long ago I wrote a post about Quia an online assessment tool. I was hoping to come across one that offered all Quia’s features, but that was free. Well here it is!  Yaca Paca is a free online assessment tool by Chalkface, powered by Paperless School.  It has thousands of assessment tests, quizzes and courses and a huge range of subjects and different levels.  Besides using the quizzes already prepared, With Yaca Paca you can create your own tests, surveys, quizzes, and website.   Teachers can author their own work, edit and assign e-portfolios.  Students can create fully personalised e-portfolios.  Definitely the best I have seen in online assessment tools.  The direct link to the video will not imbed, so please view it at Yaca Paca.

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Online tools for formative assessment

 Creating online assessment tools is so easy on Quia (pronounced key-ah, and is short for Quintessential Instructional Archive).  Although it costs about $50 a year (30-day free trial) I was really impressed with the array of formative assessment tools that could be created.  The following information is taken from Find out more about Quia:

The teacher can organize the test so that it evaluates the learning standard at a high level of thinking. For example, the first three questions could quiz at the Bloom’s Knowledge-Comprehension level, the next three at the Application- Analysis level, and the remaining four at the Synthesis-Evaluation level.

  • Templates for creating 16 types of online activities, including flash cards, word search, battleship, challenge board, and cloze exercises. Quia activities are designed with different learning styles in mind to suit the needs of all your students.
  • Complete online testing tools that allow you to create quizzes, grade them with computer assistance, and receive detailed reports on student performance.
  • Access to online activities and quizzes in more than 150 categories. All of the shared activities have been created by teachers from around the world.
  • A schoolwide network that lets you collaborate with your fellow teachers quickly and effortlessly.
  • An easy, centralized classroom management system including a master student list, archive of student results, and the tools to conduct schoolwide proficiency testing.
  • A class Web page creator that includes a course calendar and an easy way to post your Quia activities for students and parents.
  • Online surveys for gathering student and teacher feedback.

Hassle-free quiz creation

Not only are Quia’s quiz tools easy to use, but quizzes can be customized to fit any teacher’s needs.

  • Choose from 10 question types, including multiple choice, true-false, short answer, essay, matching, and ordering.
  • Include audio or pictures in your quizzes, if you like.
  • Have students take your quizzes from any computer with an Internet connection, or even on paper print-outs.
  • Select from a wide range of options for controlling student access during testing.

 A sample of a quiz that can be created:

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 The site also enables instant grading and reporting and networking inter-school or between schools and districts.

There is already a huge resource bank available for all different subject areas and levels. 

There is another site for creating quizzes and flashcards, Proprofs.com but it was not as impressive. It did not have a huge range of subjects, shared assessment and was not age categorised.

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