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5 Reasons to Create a Quiz Online

Pencil and paper are a thing of the past.

There are tablets, iphones, smart watches, voice-recognition, etc. These devices have changed the way we communicate. Heck, even some schools are removing cursive from their curriculum. (I secretly still like to write capital G’s in cursive).

Whether you like it or not, tech is here to stay.

And one of the applications that has become significantly better because of technology are online quizzes. Don’t get me wrong, it was cool to fill out the little bubbles on scantrons and the SAT’s when I was in high school.

But computers are way more awesome.

Let’s face it: you’re competing for attention every second of every day in the classroom. With phones vibrating, notes being passed, and even students storming out of class in revolt, it’s tough to get students engaged.

And that’s why online quizzes should be created online — they’re simply more engaging. And here’s five more reasons:

1. They are easy to throw together

With paper quizzes, you have to type up the questions, format the quiz, print it out, copy it, distribute it to your students, give instructions. Oh, and then you have to grade it. That’s a pain, isn’t it?

2. They can be automatically graded

Many online quiz applications have a feature that allows your quizzes to be automatically graded. This saves you a tone of time. No more hand-grading. And your students can know how they did after each question and at the end of the quiz. That’s a lot different than the week they’re used to waiting before you have time to hand them back. Automatic grading is a beautiful thing. You can thank the internet for that. 🙂

3. They can easily incorporate images

Visuals add so much to your quizzes. Whether you’re showing a picture of Rembrandt or adding a graph for your math quiz, it’s easy to add images to your online quiz. And visuals make your quiz more interesting. Plus they open you up to more question types, too.

4. They can be shared with other teachers

When you create a pencil and paper quiz, it’s your quiz. It’s hard to share. Unless, you want to copy your quiz for other teachers in your school. That’s old-school. The beauty of online quizzes is that they can be easily shared – via email, social media, or embedding your quiz in your blog. That way teachers can access your quiz for their own classroom – and you get credit. How cool is that?

5. They can be fun

Wait, what? Quizzes, fun? Yes – it’s true. If done right, online quizzes can be fun to take. Especially when there are animations, bright colors, and you get your score at the end rather than having to wait for you to grade it (yeah, see number 2). Once you’ve blasted through the boredom with fun online quizzes, you’re golden.

Online quizzes are quick, easy, and fun. They’re a heck of a lot more engaging for students and they don’t involve #2 pencils. What about you? Why do you make online quizzes?

Speaking of online quizzes, have you tried QuizBean? It’s freeeee.


What to look for in an online quiz maker

There are tons of ways to create a free quiz online. From complex learning management systems to free quiz makers for teachers, it’s tough to figure out what’s going to work best for your classroom.

Below, you’ll find a list of features we think you should have in every quiz maker you use. If you’ve got something to add to the list, let us know in the comments below.

Here goes!

1. Easy to use

This doesn’t really have to be said, but the quiz maker has to be easy to use. You don’t have a lot of time to fuss with software because there’s tons of other stuff you have to do. Quick and easy is the name of the game.

2. No email required for students

Children under 13 technically can’t use/have an email in a school setting. That means you want your quiz maker to be able to handle students who don’t have an email address. Some quiz makers accomplish this with codes and others make special usernames. Either way, make sure this is a feature of your quiz maker of choice.

3. Instant grading

Remember when your students had to wait a week to get quiz results back. Not anymore! Instant grading is perfect for students and teachers. For students, they get their score at the end of the quiz (and each question). For teachers, you get your student’s grades sent to your dashboard in just seconds saving you tons of time hand-grading with that pesky red pen.

4. Question explanations

Just letting your quiz-taker know they’re wrong isn’t going to cut it. Let them know more about the correct answer with images and text – and even a hyper-link to more information. This way, the correct answer gets reinforced even though they did get the question wrong.

5. Simple sharing

When you create a quiz, don’t you want other people to take it? That means your chosen quiz maker should make it easy to share your quiz — via email, social media, and more. And after your quiz is shared you want to know the stats, too. That leads to #6.

6. Stats!

Everyone loves stats. How many people have taken your quiz? What’s the average score? Are students tripping up on a certain question? With a robust stats and analytics package, your quiz maker should do a lot of the number crunching for you.


QuizBean is an online quiz maker for K-12 teachers to help them instantly assess their students. Plus, it’s quick and easy to use. Get started for free at QuizBean.com.


Top 5 Quizzes You Created for July 2013

With activity picking up on the quiz-making end of QuizPoo, we thought we’d highlight a couple quizzes you’ve been making. Here’s the top five quizzes created by you guys for the month of July 2013:

1. EdSurge Asks: Edtech Startup or Pokemon?

2. A quiz about my dogs

3. Is this a prime number?

4. Real Animal or Photoshop Creation?

5. The Two Gentleman of Messina

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