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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!

5 Free EdTech Tools Every Teacher Should Know and Use

Today’s classroom is no stranger to technology. Teachers have a myriad of educational apps, tools and resources at their fingertips. Here we have handpicked some of the best EdTech tools that you can use to transform your classroom—enjoy!

Free Edtech Tools

Long gone are the days when sneaking a peek at your phone screen was a thrilling adventure that could get you in trouble, and your phone, banished. In today’s classrooms, not just students, but—increasingly—teachers are looking toward technology as a valuable ally. And rightly so! With a gamut of amazing—and free—EdTech tools at their disposal, teachers can transform their lesson plans into engaging, collaborative, challenging learning experiences. Of course, with literally hundreds of tools available in the market, the challenge is in figuring out the best ones for your use. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! We have scoured the ends of the internet, and handpicked the best free EdTech tools for teachers. Read on to find out who’s on our list!

Kahoot

Liven up your classroom

Be it a lesson on irregular French verbs, the cell structure of plants, or the fall of the Roman Empire, Kahoot will transform your classroom into an exciting, competitive game show. Kahoot is where gamification meets collaboration. Taking your regular old multiple-choice questions, Kahoot lets you create a game-show like experience with all the bells and whistles—a buzzer, a countdown timer, fun sounds effects, and engaging colourful graphics. And the best part? Your whole class can get involved at the same time and play together with their smartphones. As most apps these days, Kahoot comes has a premium version with some extra frills, but the free version gives you everything you need to make your classroom fun.

Prezi

Design engaging teaching material

Prezi has been around for a while, but it is still one of the best tools available in the market for creating dynamic, flowing presentations. It is a great way for teachers to organize ideas in a visual format. You could use Prezi to create detailed mind-maps, to explain the relationship between multiple concepts or historical events, or even just to make a simple presentation look really beautiful! Prezi, too, has both free and premium versions, with the premium versions offering benefits like offline access, some fancy presenter controls, and even analytics. But if all you need is to create engaging presentations for your classroom, the free version should do the job.

Edmodo

Take the learning outside the classroom

If you’re looking for a one-stop solution that lets you manage and organize your class outside the classroom, your search would probably end with Edmodo. A free learning management tool with a Facebook-like interface, Edmodo is a versatile resource in a teacher’s repertoire. Edmodo facilitates your communication with your students when not in class. From creating and tracking assignments, to sharing educational resources, starting online discussions, and posting class announcements, Edmodo lets you do it all. What’s more, Edmodo gives you the opportunity to connect with teachers around the world, to collaborate with them share your experiences, and improve as a teacher.

Remind

Communicate effectively with students and parents

While the most important part of a teacher’s job is, well, teaching, regular communications with students and their parents is an inevitable—and often a time-consuming—aspect of the job. Remind lets you, as the name suggests, send reminders and notifications to students and families without having to share personal contact details. With options to share group as well as individual messages, Remind takes care of most of your communication outside the classroom.

Quillionz

Leverage questions to engage students

As teachers, we rely on questions every day. Whether it is for a homework assignment, a pop-quiz, or to create a game on Kahoot, we always have a need for questions. Quillionz is a unique online platform that understands this need, and provides an easy way to create questions. Using artificial intelligence, Quillionz helps you create questions on your teaching content, quickly and efficiently. It works with any textual content—a chapter in the textbook, an article off the internet, or even a video transcript—and automatically creates factual questions on it in a matter of seconds. Aquestion generator tool that works best with informative and factual content—as most educational content tends to be—Quillionz is a valuable tool for teachers to add to their arsenal.

That’s our list! Do you agree? What EdTech tools do you normally rely on to make your job easier? Let us know in the comments!