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.