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5 Phenomenal Tools for Smarter Teaching

5 Phenomenal Tools for Smarter TeachingTechnology is empowering. You can take a peek at the whole world sitting in the corner of a room, using that small mobile in your hand. With such immense power, technology is undoubtedly aiding instructors and students to achieve all that they can through education. While there are millions of technology-driven tools to enhance education, I am going to take about 5 of my favorite ones that make a great fit for anyone’s teaching arsenal. Have a look.

Freckle

With an aim to reach every student at their level, Freckle empowers teachers to differentiate instruction across Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science. Over 400,000 teachers use Freckle for independent practice, for small groups, centers, and more. Students automatically work on lessons that are suited to them – neither too difficult nor too easy. Students are always engaged and challenged as per their capabilities. And as a teacher, you know exactly how they’re doing with the help of Freckle’s easy reports.

Get started with Freckle for free here.

Quillionz

Questions are imperative to learning and teachers rely on questions every single day. Quillionz, an AI-powered question-generator, understands this need and provides an easy and quick way to create questions. Quillionz helps you create machine language questions from your teaching content, in a matter of seconds. It works with any textual content – a chapter in the textbook, an article off the internet, or even a video transcript. Perhaps, it’s the way to create questions we could only dream about.

Sign up with Quillionz for free here.

Quizlet

Quizlet can be used anyone to study and learn content created by other users or to create their own custom study sets. Quizlet helps teachers engage students with interactive study material, learning activities, and games. They could also create their own classroom sets with custom terms, images, and audio; collaborate with other teachers; play Quizlet Live game to engage students; and track progress to support stronger outcomes. The company also offers Quizlet Learn, a smart resource powered by the Learning Assistant Platform. It uses machine learning to process data from millions of study sessions to show students the most relevant study material.

Get started with Quizlet here.

Knowji

Popular amongst language learners, Knowji is known to make learning and remembering vocabulary fun, fast, and highly effective. Through cartoon illustrations, audio pronunciations, definitions, and example sentences coupled with a powerful spaced repetition algorithm, Knowji ensures that learners remember everything they’ve learned. Knowji tracks down words that students don’t know and remember, and suggests when it’s time to practice them again. Knowji is available both on the App Store and Google Play.

Gradescope

Gradescope, now acquired by Turnitin, is an AI-assisted grading platform that enables instructors to grade paper-based exams, online homework, and programming projects on one platform. It makes the whole grading-process really easy so that instructors can focus more on what matters more – teaching. The instructors can also obtain insights about student learning in any area of study, including economics, business, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Get Started with Gradescope here.

Have you used any of the above tools, or do you use any other aid to make your classroom better? Reach out through comments below.

Introducing Quillionz Pro: Smarter and Easier Question-Creation

Engaging learners to your lessons is hard enough; you shouldn’t be spending time figuring out the right questions to assess their knowledge. With an aim to turn question-creation into a breeze, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Quillionz Pro – the premium version of Quillionz.

Quillionz was launched last year with a vision of transforming how teaching and learning professionals create questions, tests, and assessments. And today, educators around the world are using Quillionz extensively, and loving it.

Quillionz Pro intends to take the AI-powered question-creation experience a notch higher – questions get smarter, generation-time gets shorter, and output formats get wider. It gives better-quality machine language questions in fewer steps and lesser time. Users also get to generate Wh questions and questions can be exported into a host of formats. Quillionz Pro also provides a generous daily quota of questions and QuilliQuizzes, along with an ad-free interface. Available at a nominal price of $9.99/month, Quillionz Pro can be purchased here.

We are overwhelmed with all the love and encouragement you have given us until now. Go Pro and keep it coming!

8 Best Practices for Creating Effective Multiple Choice Questions

I think I was about 7 years old when I encountered a multiple choice test for the first time in life. It was a general knowledge exam. And man, I just loved it! It was much easier and quicker to recall and spot the right answer from a list of choices than writing a descriptive answer.  In-fact, most students prefer multiple choice questions for the same reason. They are a popular method of assessment with educators too, primarily because of their scoring ease and reliability, and their ability to test various levels of learning outcomes. However, in order to get the most out of multiple choice questions, they need to be constructed well, without any ambiguity.

There are some best practices that you can follow to ensure you are creating good multiple choice questions; but before that, let’s quickly talk about the anatomy of a multiple choice question.

Anatomy of Multiple Choice Questions

Any multiple choice question consists of a problem statement (the question itself), which is known as the stem, and a list of possible answer options, known as foils. The correct foil is called the key. And the incorrect ones are known as distractors.  When stem and foils come together, they form an item.

Now that you are familiar with the anatomy, let’s look at some basic guidelines that form the base of good multiple choice tests.

  1. Clearly define the stem

The stem must be clearly defined and should include the main idea. Students should understand what the problem is without having to read the foils and even if they don’t know the right answer.

  1. Use a single-dimensional stem

A good stem is single-dimensional i.e. it tests the learner only on one concept. If the intention is to quiz learners on multiple concepts, do that through multiple items.

  1. Avoid using negative verbiage in the stem

Avoid the use of negative words like ‘not’ or ‘except’ in the stem unless a learning outcome specifically requires them. If at all you use them, ensure these are highlighted by bolding, CAPITALZING, or underlining to avoid any confusion.

  1. Use homogeneous foils

All foils should ideally be similar in length and parallel in form to avoid attracting responses to a particular foil because it stands-out.

  1. Use mutually-exclusive foils

The foils should be mutually-exclusive and not overlapping with each other. They should not be formed with an idea to trick the students but rather, assist in unbiased testing of their knowledge.

  1. Avoid linking the stem to the key

Avoid linking the stem to the answer by using intentional clues like the use of ‘a’ and ‘an’ in the stem. For instance, if a stem ends with ‘an’; students will figure out that the correct answer begins with a vowel.

  1. Use plausible distractors

Distractors should be plausible in order to serve their purpose. Unreasonable and give-away distractors just spoil the test’s validity. Common student errors are the best source when it comes to forming distractors.

  1. Avoid using ‘all of the above’ and ‘none of the above’ as foils

Students just need to recognize two correct options to get the answer correct if you use ‘all of the above’ as a foil. For ‘none of the above’, you will never be able to figure out if the student knew the correct answer.

Multiple choice questions, although highly effective to test factual recall and even higher-order thinking at times, are very time consuming to construct. Writing these could be a daunting task for many educators.  If you are frequently tasked with creating them, you might find a great aid in Quillionz. It is an AI-powered question generation tool which can produce hundreds of question ideas and ample distractor options, from a content set in a matter of few seconds. So, if you are tasked with creating a multiple-choice test, try out Quillionz for free here.

Making Self-Assessments Easy and Fun – Launching QuilliQuiz

How many times have you wished to self-check your knowledge on a particular subject before you undertook a formal assessment?

Well, we just couldn’t resist fulfilling this wish of yours. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of QuilliQuiz – the self-assessor from Quillionz.

In our journey to make question creation easier yet powerful, we realized that students consider it quite an amazing feat to examine their own level of understanding and use it as wake-up call before appearing for the real test. And teachers love it when they can reinforce key concepts after the class through a quick self-knowledge check. QuilliQuiz gives you an opportunity to do exactly that. Take a self-assessment, check your knowledge, reinforce key concepts, identify areas of improvement, and also have some fun sharing it with your peers.

Here’s a glimpse from one of the QuilliQuiz questions on the topic – United States of America.

Just look at how fabulously QuilliQuiz lets you self-check, without judging you and without putting you in a spot. And do you see how it even gives you an option to rate any question. In-fact, don’t just look at it, try it out yourself here: QuilliQuiz by Quillionz,  and let us know how it goes.

We, at Quillionz, strive to make quiz creation easier for you. Nothing makes us happier than our users coming back to us to tell how we have eased a big problem in their lives – the problem of question creation. We’re pretty excited to see how you would use QuilliQuiz.

The best part?
QuilliQuiz is just the beginning. We’ve got tons of new updates coming your way this year. Stay tuned!