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Recent Updates to QuizBean

We’re excited to announce that we’ve rolled out some substantial updates to QuizBean, including a new feature and some changes to the user navigation and dashboard. This post will cover what you need to know to keep quizzing without missing a beat.

A Feature for New Features

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QuizBean now boasts a feature request tool, allowing you to request new features that you’d like us to add to the app. You can navigate this tool by logging in and then clicking on the red light-bulb icon at the bottom left corner of your screen (check the screenshot below and you’ll see the button). You’ll be able to see all the requests that other users have added, upvote any of those requests, and, if you’ve got a brand-new idea that no one’s suggested yet, you can add it yourself by clicking the link below the table and providing a name and description for the feature.

To get the ball rolling, we’ve added all the requests we’ve received over the years via various channels. Make sure to review existing requests before adding your own. A much-voted-for request will stand out more than several similar requests with fewer votes.

Please note that this tool is intended for feature requests only. If you have issues with or questions about the app, you can submit them via the Intercom messaging tool, accessible via the chat icon in the lower right corner of your screen.

Improved User Experience

If you’ve logged into QuizBean recently, you’ve probably noticed that the app looks a bit different. We’ve simplified the navigation bar and redesigned the user dashboard.

Simplified Navigation

The navigation bar now only includes three primary links, to the pages our users most frequently hit: the My Quizzes, My Classes, and My Students pages.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE QUIZ BANK!?

But fear not, Quiz Bank enthusiasts! The Quiz Bank is alive and well, and you can access it via the Dashboard or via the My Quizzes page. On both pages, you can click the “Add a Quiz” button to access the Quiz Bank.

The Dashboard Gets a Facelift

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As part of this update, the Dashboard was reimagined. Previously, this page was geared toward new users, and we tried to add to it in ways that enhance the experience of active users. You can still perform all the actions that the old Dashboard featured, but the buttons have been shrunk and moved to the top right corner.

In place of the old buttons, we’ve added a copy of the Recent Quizzes view that appears on the My Quizzes page. For our active users, this is important info: it quickly summarizes the completion rates and results of the quizzes you’ve sent most recently.

We’ve also added a brand-new activity feed. The activity feed monitors recent activity (within the last week) pertaining to three aspects of quizzing: quiz creation, quiz sharing, and quiz taking. We hope to add more events in the future. (If you’ve got ideas for one, it’d be a perfect opportunity to try out the new feature request tool!)

Also new is a plan summary that includes key information about your QuizBean organization, including what plan you’re on; how many quizzes, classes, and students you have; and what your plan’s limits are. We heard from some users that this information was difficult to find, so we wanted to make it more accessible.

That’s it! There are some other small tweaks that we made that will not affect the average user, so if there’s something else that looks different to you or, even worse, if something doesn’t seem to work like it use to, please drop us a line using Intercom.

6 Reasons Why Teachers Should Use Quizbean – Our Fun, Easy-to-Use, Create Your Own Quiz Tool

Quizzes have been a teaching tool since dinosaurs walked the earth… well maybe not that long, but ever since teachers have been educating their students. They have been used throughout our lives: in elementary school, high school, and all the way through students SAT prep courses. Quizzes and pop-quizzes always seem to be so annoying for students in the moment, but they should be viewed as a tremendous learning tool when used the right way.

Consistent and frequent quizzing on a specific subject has been shown to be effective in helping to store information in a person’s long term memory. This “Testing Effect” or quizzing effect, is one of the reasons why it makes sense to include frequent quizzes in one’s teaching curriculum. In addition to using quizzes to help students remember material in the long term, quizzes are a great way to assess a student’s knowledge on a subject before starting to teach about it. Quizzes have their place in the educational landscape and are here to stay. Now it is up to educators to understand and connect with students in a world where education and technology are joined at the hip.

Here are 6 Reasons Why Teachers Should Use Quizbean – Our Fun, Create Your Own Quiz Tool to Improve Teaching and Learning

6 Reasons Why Teachers Should Use Quizbean – Our Fun, Easy-to-Use, Create Your Own Quiz Tool

1. For Efficiency’s Sake

Quizbean has recently partnered with Clever, an awesome application for both teachers and students. This makes life a heck of a lot easier for teachers trying to incorporate educational technology apps into their classroom. Clever has created an application which saves teachers hundreds of hours of administrative set-up time; they created a tool which allows teachers to easily make a quiz (through Quizbean) and automatically send it to all their students with a few clicks. When students complete a quiz sent by their teachers, their results are automatically posted online for the teacher to see. Teachers not only see how students did individually, but they see they bigger picture.

2. Real Time Feedback

When students are taking a Quizbean quiz, Instascore is enabled; students see how they are doing as they take a quiz. Students see which questions they answer correctly, and when they answer incorrectly, teachers have the option to add explanations to inform them about the correct answer. This feature benefits students as they are able to understand what information they have absorbed from their teacher and are able to simultaneously learn when they answer a question incorrectly. Students no longer have to wait a few days for the teacher to go through all the quizzes and correct them by hand. More time for teachers, better feedback for the students; win-win. Instantaneous feedback, Voilà!

3. Results and Analytics for Teachers

Some of the most beneficial features of Quizbean are the reports and analytics generated by the application. After students in a class complete a quiz, reports can easily be generated which show the individual results of each student, and also the collective results of the entire class. It is easy for teachers to see the patterns of which questions students tended to answer correctly, and those which they often got wrong. Since the quizzes give instant feedback, teachers don’t have to spend extra time grading all the quizzes individually. Teachers also can analyze reports to help them draw conclusions about how the students are absorbing the material they are teaching.

4. Accessibility For All

With the world growing more virtual day after day, students have the ability to access technology and online educational resources wherever they are. It is now easier than ever to create a quiz on Quizbean, and send it to your students to do as homework on their own time. Snow day coming? Have the students watch a short video and send an easy quiz to go along with it. The students will still be able to enjoy their snowball fights and sledding, and can do their 10 minutes of work after their day of play. A quick video and quiz on the day off seems like a good alternative to making up that snow day in June!

5. Shareability of Quizzes

Quizbean has an expansive quiz bank with quizzes that span all types of subjects: language, history, math, sciences and much more. Teachers can build upon quizzes they find in the Quizbean quiz bank to create study tools for their students. These quizzes can easily be shared to a teacher’s entire class or shared to a select group of students in their class. Teachers also have the option to share the quiz to anyone else through email or social media. Bottom line, once you find or make a quiz you like, it is easy as pie to share it.

6. Question Randomizer On/Off Toggle

Teachers have the power to turn the question randomizer on and off. This means when one quiz is sent from a teacher to all their students, they can control if ordering of questions will be different for each quiz. This can be highly beneficial to giving online quizzes in the classroom in an effort to dissuade cheating. This can ease your worries about whether little Johnny will try and peak over to see what Mary answered for number 7. Using the randomizer feature adds some mystery to you and the student, and who doesn’t love integrating strategy with learning?

Happy Quizzing everyone! Feel free to reach out to the team if you have any questions or suggestions.

Now Integrated With Clever.com

We are excited to announce that we have integrated with Clever.com. This means that we can now seamlessly import students, teachers, and classes directly from a school’s student information system!

If you are using QuizBean in a school that uses Clever.com already, let us know! If your school adds QuizBean to their list of Clever apps, your days of manually creating students and classes will be behind you. Plus, QuizBean supports single-sign-on, so once you’re signed in to Clever, you’re signed in to QuizBean!

If you’re using QuizBean in a K-12 school that does not yet use Clever.com, this might be an important opportunity for your school. Integration with Clever.com is free for schools and opens the door to seamless integration with a wide variety of educational apps (including QuizBean). We’d be happy to help connect the right people at your school with the right people at Clever.com – just give us a shout.

Enterprise Account Tier, Custom Themes

QuizBean___Quickly_Create_Online_Quizzes_For_FreeWe’re pleased to announce the release of customized quizzes and enterprise level accounts.

Enterprise accounts are designed for our high-volume business customers. This tier allows for more quizzes and students than any previous account tier.

Enterprise accounts also have access to our newest feature; branded quizzes. Branding allows users to choose a color, logo and theme to be displayed when taking their quiz. This feature allows businesses to provide a seamless experience while still utilizing the powerful standard features of QuizBean.

Are My Quizzes Secure?

We’re frequently asked about the security and privacy features of QuizBean. We’d like to take some time to explain our practices and ideals here at QuizBean.

At QuizBean we’re deeply committed to keeping your data safe and secure, this includes registration/account information, students, class lists and quizzes. QuizBean will never disclose your information to a third party. We make every effort to ensure your data is as protected from unauthorized access utilizing proven techniques.

All new quizzes are private by default and viewable by only the creator. Only after choosing your sharing option will the quizzes be available to your students. Who can view your quiz depends on the settings you have chosen while sharing it.

New Feature – YouTube Videos

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a much-requested feature to QuizBean: the ability to post YouTube videos within a question.video

This feature will allow users to develop a whole new breed of quizzes covering topics and skills which were previously difficult to assess. We’re especially excited about the opportunities this new feature lends to teachers of foreign language and language comprehension skills.

Videos can be added to new or previously created quizzes. To add a video, click the “Add Video” button while creating a new question. Then simply paste the YouTube link and your video preview will appear. When a quiz is taken the video will appear after the question’s text.

If you’d like a taste of the new feature, try our Music Video Time Machine Quiz!

New Feature – Option to Turn Off Social Sharing (by popular demand!)

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve recently implemented one of our most-requested new features: the option to turn off (or on) the “social sharing” feature when sending a quiz. If you haven’t noticed this already, the next time you go to send a quiz you’ll see a snazzy new button:

Social Media Sharing Options

Now, we’re a huge fan of sharing quizzes, especially in our Quiz Bank. And we love it when people use social media to share the quizzes they’re able to make on Quizbean. At the same time, as our user base broadens to include a greater variety of users, including corporate trainers and teachers at all levels, we’ve received multiple requests for more choice around social sharing. One request even came in literally during testing of the new feature – it was fun to be able to reply “we’re working on it as I type this!”
We hope you’ll enjoy the increased choice with Quizbean and social media. If there are any other changes we can make to Quizbean that you’d like to see, please let us know!

7 Ways to Fundraise Your End-of-Year School Trip

7 Ways to Fundraise Your School Trip

If money grew on trees, everything would be easier, right? Sadly, it doesn’t. And you need money to go on fun, end-of-year school trips with your students. You know, the trips they look forward to since, like, first grade?

These days, it’s hard to find the money to make trips happen.

Budgets are tighter, parent’s wallets are closing, and you need to come up with the money to fill the gap – or the trip can’t happen.

When I was in school, we had a lot of trips – to big museums in Boston and even across the border to Ottawa and Quebec (those were awesome trips). And we had to fundraise to pay our own way. Plus, my parents had to chip in a little bit.

Fundraising for us was selling candy bars and wrapping paper. I could sell candy bars no problem – but the wrapping paper was another story. Who needs wrapping paper in March? Anyway, that’s what lead to this post:

How can you fundraise without selling cheap stuff?

In doing the research for this blog post, fundraising has come a long way since the days of wrapping paper. Here are 7 ways to come up with the money for your next school trip – and how to get started:

1. Community Dinner

These are big in small towns. For example, in our town, there’s a “Friday Night Food Affair” – it’s where the community comes together to enjoy a meal at the church. But, you could easily make it a fundraiser for your school trip. Get a couple cooks together and make a giant feast. Then, invite all the parents and rest of the community. All of sudden, your class has cash!

2. Silent Auction with Local Businesses

If you have a lot of small businesses in your town, get them to donate products and services to your auction. Then, all the proceeds go towards your trip – and you get to promote local businesses at the same time. Another variation on this is the discount card/book. Get 20-30 businesses together to make a coupon book the community can use to get discounts. Then sell the book for far less than the value inside. For example, a $20 book can have as much as $500 in savings. Oh, and don’t forget one for your family, too!

3. Sell Flowers

It is spring-time and that means flowers are starting to come into bloom (that is of course if it’s still snowing where you live). Find a local florist to cut you a break on buying a lot of flowers, increase the price, and sell your bouquets in the neighborhood door-to-door. Flowers brighten everyone’s day so you should have no problem selling out 🙂

4. A Real Bake Sale

I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love a serious sugar rush? Rock a bake-sale with cookies, brownies, cupcakes, pie, etc. And sell, sell, sell. Although, icing kind of sells itself. Hold your bakesale every Friday for a month and see what happens. Hopefully, you have some aspiring students or parents who want to bake and you’ll get some delicious treats. If you can’t find the bakers, buy-up some baked items from the grocery store and re-sell them (although, it’s waaaay cooler to bake your own stuff from scratch).

5. Dunk Tank With the Principal

While I’m sure everyone loves the principal, it’s payback time! Rent a dunk-tank from a local rental company (hopefully it’s a hot day, too) and get dunking. Have kids pay to try to dunk the principal. Or, you can get involved, too. I’m sure students would love to dunk their 7th grade history teacher. An alternative to the dunk-tank (and cheaper) is a pie-in-the-face fundraiser. All you need is some plates and whipped cream or CoolWhip.

6. Auction off Student Art

I love this idea. As I walked through the local Elementary school recently, there was tons of student art hanging from the walls. While I know it’s totally fridge-worthy for the parents, you could set aside some time for students to make something different to auction off. Of course it encourages the student’s parents to bid as high as possible on their kid’s art, it’s a fun way to recognize the accomplishment of your students and make some cash for you school trip.

7. Kickball Tournament

For many of you, end of the year trips means it’s finally getting warmer out. That means pick a Saturday and host a kickball tournament. It’ll be nostalgic for the parents and fun for the kids, too. Create teams and a bracket, grab some kick balls from the gym, and pitch away. Collect money for each team registered and give some away to the winning team, too. Play ball!

And that’s the list! While 7 is a small number, I was able to find these other resources you may be interested in:

What has your class done in the past that’s worked to raise enough money for your trip? Start the discussion off and let us know in the comments below.

Happy fundraising!

12 Reasons Your Students LOVE Recess (the last reason is the best)

Ok – spill it. Recess was the greatest part of grade school. Come on, we both know it. You got to play outside with your friends and not worry about that history quiz next period. Oh, and here’s 12 more reasons reasons is just plain awesome.

1. It doesn’t have to be spent inside

2. When you first get outside, it’s magical.

3. Gossip by the tire swing. For reallz.

4. Talking about what happened at the boy’s game last night.

5. And they force their friends not to cram last minute.

6. Oh, did I mention the see-saw. Yesss.

7. And they love those private conversations with their best friend (finally)

8. And the merry-go-round.

9. And hopscotch (well, not this kind)

10. The snow ball fights. Minus the ice balls.

11. Just to remind you, indoor recess is not fun (see #1)

12. And then you realize you have 2.5 months of recess. Um. Yes, please.

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