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QUIZIZZ – Collect Social Emotional Data With This Fun, Game Based Tech Tool!

A great site to use with your students.

A great site to use with your students.

Recently I wrote about another site (Kahoot) that is great fun.  Kahoot allows you to collect data, show progress, and display comprehension skills of the students.  I stumbled across another great web-based tool, Quizizz.  Quizizz does something similar to Kahoot, but is more student centered.  In Kahoot, the teacher makes the pace of the questions, in Quizizz, the students can play the game at their own pace.  These are some of the highlights of Quizizz.

  • Quizizz is free!
  • Teachers develop questions ( that can have pictures attached), that the students will answer, by looking at them on a large screen, or on individual devices.  Quizizz works on all web-based tablets and computers.  Teachers can also choose from games already developed in the Quizizz community.
  • Students get a code to use when logging in.  The facilitator has the ability to cross off names on the board that are inappropriate.
  • Prior to starting the game/quiz, the facilitator is given the opportunity to set various settings, such as, the amount of time for each question, have the questions played in random order for each student or not, allow points or no points, give higher points to the person that answers the  fastest etc..
  • Facilitator starts the quiz when everyone is signed in.
  • Teacher and students can view the leader board and the progress of each student can be displayed.  Top leaders names will be displayed.
  • Students get automatic feedback on questions answered incorrect on their personal device, so students can review questions and what they got wrong.
This is what the facilitator of the game can see.

This is what the facilitator of the game can see.

This is a great tutorial for creating a Quizizz.

For the most part, Quizizz is an easy  tool to set up, that has a lot of positives.  There are some drawbacks that I think are important to mention when using  Quizizz. Many of the students that social workers have on a school caseload, are diverse learners.  I try out many of my tech tools on intermediate grade students who struggle with reading.  Quizizz is based on a person reading a question and choosing an answer. So its best practice to attempt to use pictures associated with your questions.

My students played a practice game on the primary level that had pictures that associate with the questions.  Since the questions were scrambled, a couple of my students were frustrated as they yelled out, “I can’t read the questions!” in a playful voice.  I immediately realized that I couldn’t quickly assist them, as each of the students’ screens had different questions.  They were familiar with the Kahoot style game, where everyone had the same question presented on the board at the same time.

Another issue that arose was the students feeling anxious with trying to get their names on the leader board.  Some of my students don’t handle failure well, and this feature annoyed them , causing a few to complain and lose motivation.  The humorous images that play after a right or wrong answer (this feature can be disabled), also got irritating to some of the students, especially those who were getting questions wrong.

If a facilitator is using a smart board to display the log in code and progression of the game, some students may be angered as others can see their progress.  The facilitator may wish to minimize the image on the screen, so that it doesn’t display everyone’s progress.  The facilitator can usually see progress on their computer screen privately, without it being displayed on the smart board screen.

Finally, some students will finish sooner than others as Quizizz is individually timed (unless you choose other wise), so plan to have something for the students to do that finish first, as you know, review of the questions only goes so far :).

In closing, I would give Quizizz a thumbs up for being innovative, interactive, entertaining, and educational.  This tool is definitely worth trying.  I made a Quizizz on the Pixar movie Inside Out (dealing with emotions) by reading the book to the students.  The movie hadn’t come out yet,but the students had seen the trailers. This was a great way to motivate them to learn more about emotions.  Please leave a comment on how you would use Quizizz in a counseling setting.

Using apps to teach emotions? Try out these free apps.

A good free app for teaching emotions
A good free app for teaching emotions

I try to use the apps I review  for at least a month or more with students before I am ready to recommend them as a useful app.  My first review is of Moody Monster Manor.  I really like this app as it gives you a lot of play time and teaches a variety of emotions.  This app is a game that has 20 different monsters with 20 emotions.  Each monster has a cleaver name associated with its emotion, such as Tired Tilly or Worried Wanda.  There are four games that children can play with others that are to come (these are the locked doors) at a later date.  As of now there aren’t any in app purchases required and this app is FREE!  The games are easy to navigate and take about a minute to play.  This app is best for children ages 3-7 and is very good to use with autistic children that are learning about emotions.  This app is available for download  iTunes.

Emotions - ABA Flash Card

Emotions – ABA Flash Card

The next app that I found to be truly worth downloading was the emotions flash card app, by Alligator Apps.  This app has 20 different emotions with very nice pictures that match the emotions.  There are a number of ways to use the flash cards.  In the settings tab, you can find a variety of play modes and games.  There are four exciting game modes to choose from.  You can customize the flashcards and even personalize the cards to add a photo and voice to your own flashcards.  This is a great app to use if you are teaching emotions.  This app is also free and is available to download at the iTunes store.

Never to old to play – One exciting event to attend-ChiTAG


ChiTAG stands for Chicago toy and game fair.  If you love game, and even more, games hot off the press, you want to be at this event.  ChiTAG is held in Chicago at Navy Pier on November 17-18, 2012 opening up at 10:00 a.m..  I attended the event last year, and was in heven!  It was fun, fun, fun!  At this fair you get to see new games, inventors of games, play games and purchase games.  As for technology, they have the newest games that fit in the educational genre of tech games.  The entire exhibit hall is filled with booth upon booth of wonderful games.  The life size games are a site to be seen and they are also playable.  You can also receive CPDU’s for attending this event.  Of course there will be kids at this event, but you will also see many adults that are kids at heart.  If you love to play games with your student groups, as I do, go check out ChiTAG if you are in the Chicagoland area.  For clinicians this is the place to be to pick up new tricks for the trade.  Every social worker loves a new game for group.  This is worth it and its sure to be a fun filled time.

Engaging reluctant talkers and develop non-threatening environments

Have you ever had a group where you knew someone had something to say but was reluctant to talk.  Are you having trouble getting that shy student to become engaged?  Well these web 2.0 tools may be of use to those students and  allow their voices be heard.  Click on the links or  photos below to learn more..  LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Teacher Reviews New Student Participation App

TodaysMeet Create a room invite your students and begin to discuss.  You can use this to get feelings about a controversial subject, or express your ideas about a problem.

Read further for  TodaysMeet Advice    CHECK OUT TodaysMeet

Student Response Tool

I really like this one.  This is another student response system (there doesn’t seem like a fee) that has a game component built-in as one of the choices.  Present a topic such as bullying or cybersafety, make an interesting quiz, then use the answers in the game portion 🙂

The Cyber UnGame

Technology Meets the Un Game

One more GOOD one :0  This is the collaborize classroom.  When you look through the teacher resources you find great writing prompts with many ways to differentiate learning. You can add a short video clip, pdf documents, photos, word document ect.. This isn’t a grand stand production where the learning curve is timely. It is easy to set up and manage. For clinicians, you can use this tool for therapeutic conversation starters and evaluating students feelings about topics. A book club discussion group can easily be done on this site and best of all it is free (for now LOL ).

I am still a newbie at this blog thing, so I welcome any recommendations, advice or just plain old motivation.  🙂