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What is Quizizz and How Can It Be Used for Teaching? Tips and Tricks

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Quizizz might have an original name but what it does -- making quiz-based learning fun -- is not totally new. (Quizlet (opens in new tab) and Kahoot! (opens in new tab) we're looking at you.) However, it does this in a way that makes it very easy to use, both for teachers and students, and in a style that's really engaging.

All that makes this a powerful platform for learning, both in the classroom as well as for remote education. This is clear from the fact that Quizizz is widely used, in over half the schools in the U.S. as well as across 150 countries in total.

Visually engaging, in a minimalist way, it is simple to use by anyone and works across a host of devices, making it widely accessible. So is this the new classroom tool for you? Read on to find out all you need to know about Quizizz.

What is Quizizz?

Quizizz (opens in new tab) is primarily an online-based quiz tool that operates like a gameshow. That means a question-and-answer platform that works across web browsers and Chrome as well as iPhone and Android devices, with dedicated apps for both.

From a student's perspective, this makes learning more fun with game-based interactions and an ability to work through a quiz using their own devices. For teachers, there is a host of pre-built quizzes to pick from as well as the option to edit and create their own from scratch.

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Since students only need an access code, they don't need to sign-up for an account, making it super simple to access for everyone. It also means their privacy and personal details can be kept be protected.

For teachers this platform offers a large database of quiz options, making it a simple to use tool that doesn't require a lot of time and effort. But since these can be edited, this can also provide a more in-depth and personalized offering for students and classes.

How does Quizizz work?

For teachers, a sign-up is required to start using Quizizz. Basic details are required, and can be done using a school-based email address as well as a Google or Microsoft account. The particularly useful thing with this tool is that it offers some great integration across the likes of Edmodo (opens in new tab), Google Classroom (opens in new tab) and Remind (opens in new tab).

Once an account is ready, teachers can access the database of quiz options, which can be searched and organized to make finding the ideal quiz a quick and easy process. You may discover that an already-created quiz can serve your purpose just fine. Or you may want to edit and make a few changes to perfect the final version. 

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Creating a new quiz is also an option, with single and multi-select multiple choice answer options. Teachers can input questions and answers manually if that's the easiest way to work, but there are rich media options, too. Add images to questions, or as answer options, and also customize feedback for students. 

For example, you can incorporate a popular meme that students see based on the answer they give. While there are plenty to pick from, these can also be made by the teachers if desired.

What are the best Quizizz features?

The ability to take a quiz privately or as a class is a useful option. This allows teachers to assign individual quizzes suited to each student, or to work as a class, getting feedback on how the class is managing with a single subject across the group. The advantage of working in class is that everyone can see how their peers are doing. Equally, working solo can be ideal for those who prefer to be left alone, or for homework task setting.

Quizizz offers a leaderboard, but this is something that teachers can choose to turn off if the competitive nature of that doesn't serve the students. The same can be said for question timers, which may help motivate some students but could be seen as unnecessary pressure for others – so being able to turn this on and off is a nice touch.

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Also editable are the meme feedback and music options. With these on, the quiz can feel like a lot of fun and be very lively, or you can turn these off for a more studious experience.

One option allows students to see their results after they take the quiz, which is a helpful way to make sure they learn from any mistakes they may have made. They can also retake the quiz as a way to gamify it, seeing how many they can get right the second time around.

Teachers can email parents through the app with a detailed report that shows how the student is performing. These results are also helpful for teachers to see how students are struggling so as to decide what to work on next.

How much does Quizizz cost?

Quizizz is free to get started but keeps its pricing structure quite hidden on its homepage, except in the case of work-based options.

While you can use the free option, there is a $10 per month plan that is billed annually at $96. This gets you access to the Quizizz Super library of quizzes and the ability to create unlimited quizzes and lessons. There is ad-free use with game themes, answer explanations, interactive videos, and more.

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Quizizz best tips and tricks

Spend time on search
It's important to spend time searching the database as more time here can result in a near-finished quiz, rather than the much longer process of making your own. Also the more you search, the better you become at using the platform.

Assess early
Start a class, or even a term, using a quiz that will assess how students are grasping a task or subject area. This can help tune how you teach the subject both on a class and teacher-to-student level.

Use parents
Send the results emails to parents and make sure students know that happens, perhaps monthly, so they can have another set of eyes on their efforts.

Luke Edwards is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering tech, science, and health. He writes for many publications covering health tech, software and apps, digital teaching tools, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and much more.