Congratulations on beginning a Zzish trial program for schools and districts! This article serves as a landing page for trial resources that will help you through the program. It is designed to scaffold teachers on their journey from beginner to expert.
Start at the top here and work your way down.
Quizalize is a powerful formative assessment tool and our Zzish data platform allows you to analyze lots and lots of data, so it is understandable if it's difficult to know where to start. Our aim is to provide the necessary resources, and help you navigate through them.
First, watch this video so you can get a brief overview of the trial program and what to look forward to!
Next, check out this link outlining the trial program and the phases of training. A standard trial runs for 12-weeks, although the actual length may change based on what works best for your organization.
Before you begin, you MUST make sure you have accepted the trial invitation in your email.
Here are your training resources. You can view any resource at any time, but they are ordered specifically to help you start slow and become more advanced moving forward. As part of the trial, you will be sent periodic emails meant to gently push you or share news. Each help article has text, screenshots, and video! If you'd like, you can access the full set of videos here:
Stage 1: Register and Dabble
Create your account and set up your classes. Choose the set up option that works best for your class. The help articles will distinguish those options.
Start off by assigning some silly quizzes and playing around with the settings so you and the students can get used to the interface and how it all works. Try using this quiz as your first one, or search for one in the marketplace.
Learn about the in-class game play through experience and watch this video tutorial to continue to learn about assigning quizzes/resources and what you can do during a live game.
Stage 2: Create Quizzes and Tag to Standards
Note: If you are a teacher in Texas make sure you read this whole section or at least scroll to the bottom to see current features available to you now!
Most beginning teachers choose to find existing quizzes and give them to their classes, but soon it may be necessary to create your own. In addition, questions can be tagged to state standards which will populate our upcoming Mastery Dashboards (more on this later).
Creating quizzes is easy and can be achieved in a variety of ways. The simplest is to create one question at a time in our quiz editor. Also included is a tutorial for using Math Mode for math and science teachers. (We are currently revamping our math mode to make it much easier to create questions with equations!)
There are also a variety of shortcuts that make creating quizzes much easier and efficient. You may already own existing questions that you wish to convert into Quizalize quizzes. In these cases copying into an excel sheet and bulk importing may be your best option. This article also highlights a few of our other available question types.
And lastly, we have an integration with Quizlet that allows you to import a Quizlet set. Perfect for flashcard type review of terminology in any subject.
Remember the Mastery Dashboards referenced earlier? Currently, these dashboards are only available in Texas but the rest of the United States will have access before August 2019. To get a sneak peak of what to expect, take a gander at the following resources for Texas!
Stage 3: Sharing is Caring
Admittedly, the first couple stages may be a bit dense. Again, Quizalize is a powerful tool as there are a large variety of options for giving quizzes/resources and collecting student data. So the third stage slows things down a bit and encourages only one goal: collaboration.
If you teach in teams you may wish to divvy your content creation by sharing quizzes, or you want to share with a wider community such as on Facebook or Twitter. Here's how:
We also think this phase is very important in establishing lines of communication and support. There are a variety of internal communication platforms and LMS's that each school uses (Teams, Google Drive, Schoology, etc.) and we highly recommend setting up groups or channels dedicated to Quizalize so you can help each other out and share links to quizzes easily.
Meeting in person to discuss best practices is also a great way to make sure everyone is getting the most out of the experience.
Stage 4: Differentiation and Improvements
At this stage teachers should be used to using Quizalize and regularly incorporating quizzes into lesson planning. Most teachers by this point use Quizalize the same as other formative assessment platforms (typically as a review activity), but there is so much more that sets us apart. The first is our ability to assign automatic follow up activities, and quantify student improvement in ways no other platform can.
Differentiation is incredibly difficult to implement in the classroom so we wanted to create a tool that helps teachers achieve this goal. This is a single video tutorial that walks you through setting up a differentiated lesson plan. This is just the beginning, there are more advanced ways to use the improvements feature that you can learn about later.
Stage 5: Collecting and Analyzing Data
Here pay special attention to the difference between free and premium Zzish accounts. Another feature that sets us apart is the advanced data analysis you can achieve with each quiz, and with a gradebook full of student performance data.
There is so much you can learn about not just your students, but about the efficacy of your lesson planning. Self-assessment is a critical part of effective teaching and this tool makes this so much easier!
Stage 6: Becoming a Quizalize Guru
We feel it's important in this last stage to emphasize Quizaize is not trying to compete for class-time with other tools, rather we are in a position to complement them. What's your favorite lesson plan? Is it another EdTech tool? Class activity? Why is it your favorite and how do you know how effective that lesson really is?
Check out this tutorial to see how you can use our advanced quiz customization along with the improvements feature to quantitatively measure any of your lessons with strategic pre- and post-assessment.
We've also received feedback and testimonials from teachers about our ability to facilitate extended learning in the classroom. Check it out!
Final Weeks of Trial
Depending on how long it takes to progress through the 6 stages of training, there may be some weeks left in your trial period. Use this time to continue to collaborate, and if you fell behind you will have time to catch up! This is why we make sure ALL the resources are available any time you need them. You don't have to feel compelled to keep up with the weekly prodding.
And if you truly get stuck and want more support, feel free to reach out to us by booking a demo here.