The quizzes system in Spike@School allows you and your students to create automated quizzes on your school website and inside your Learning Caves and ePortfolios. There are three types of questions that you can create:
These are all be marked automatically by Spike@School and the results are then shown to the person taking the quiz as soon as they're finished.
Let's dive in and see how it works. We'll start by adding a new Quiz Set:
Once you've added your set you can click on it and add a new quiz:
We then click on the name of the quiz and click Add a New Question. First we'll add a True or False question:
As you can see, we give the question a name. We can then choose the type. In this case we chose True or False. You then type in the question or statement and select whether the statement is true or false. At this point, the question is complete, however you can also attach a file to the question (e.g. an image file) and paste multiple website addresses (one per line) into the Website Resources box. The file will be shown to the person answering the question so you can instruct them to use the file to help them answer. The website resources are shown to the person at the end of the quiz if they get the question wrong. In this case I've added a link to a page that talks about dinosaur diets. We'll see how this works in a minute. Now that we've filled out the form we'll click Add. We'll be taken back to the questions screen:
Just like any other interface in Spike@School you can edit and delete the question at any time. You can also reorder questions once you have more than one. Let's add a Fill in the Blanks question. We do this by clicking Add a New Question and then changing the type to Fill in the Blanks:
Fill in the Blanks questions are a little more complicated to create. You still need a name, and a question. The answer is basically a statement with words blanked out. There are two types of blanks, empty blanks, and multi-choice blanks. In the example above, we've created an empty blank for the word 'meat' by putting square brackets around it. The person answering this question will be expected to type the word 'meat' into that blank spot. In the second case we've provided a list of possible values for the speed of a T-Rex separated by comma's. Instead of being a blank box, there will be a drop-down list containing all three values. The system assumes the first item in the list between the square brackets is the correct answer, and will jumble the possible answers when presenting the question to the user. Again, we've provided a link to a website that discusses the topic that the question is about.
We'll click Add and then add one last question, a Multiple Choice question:
There are two types of multiple choice questions that you can create with Spike@School: questions with one correct answer, and questions with more than one correct answer. In the case above we've created a question with only one correct answer. This will be presented to the user as a list of jumbled answers each with a radio button beside it. The user will only be able to choose one answer. If you have allowed for more than one right answer, the user will be presented with the same list but instead there will be checkboxes beside each answer allowing the user to tick more than one answer. In this case, the user must choose all the correct answers for the question to be marked as correct. I've also added an image file to this question which will be used by the user to answer the question.
After click Add we'll have three questions in our list. Let's take the test! To view the quiz simply browse to the front-end website and click on the name of your quiz set:
As you can see, the list of quizzes in your set are shown to the user. We'll click on the Dinosaurs quiz:
Our little introduction is shown to the user and a big link indicating that they can take the quiz is also shown. We'll click on Start the Quiz:
I think we'll answer true for the first question! Once the user answers the question they can click Submit Answer. They can also choose not to answer the question, and users can go back to questions at any time and change their answers before the end of the test.
I filled in this questions with incorrect answers so we can see how the final marking screen helps us out. You can see here that we can type freestyle words into the box, and also choose from a list of possible answers.
The last question is easy. You can see how the file associated with the question is readily available to be clicked on, and since there is only one correct answer to this question, the radio buttons have been used instead of checkboxes. Now that we've answered all the questions, let's see how many we got right:
And there we have it, we passed! Actually, quizzes in Spike@School aren't about passing or failing. The system doesn't collect marks, because we believe that our quiz system is best used as a self assessment tool. Imagine setting up a quiz at the start of a unit of work that covers everything you may be teaching throughout the unit. Children can take the quiz at the start and end of the unit to see their progress, or simply use the quiz as a means to see what knowledge they still need to acquire. Better yet, quizzes are available in Learning Caves and ePortfolios which means that children can create their own quizzes! We think this is a great way for children to build their research skills and also to guide their own learning. Quizzes that are made inside of the Learning Caves can be taken by other students in the Cave. This is truly interactive learning!