Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Quizzes


Hello everyone,

The purpose of this Blog post is to outline the steps taken when teaching learners to create their very own quizzes. I began through introducing learners to ClassMarker.com. They all seemed enthralled and excited to be able to do a grown-up task. After seeing the example Australian animal quiz that I had created, the learners began creating their own. The learners really needed to work in small groups. The teacher aides were great to have as that meant that all of the groups were getting the help they needed. Through using Dimension two to help learners understand the process (Marzano & Pickering, 1997) of Model, Shape and Internalise, the learners were really able to incorporate their higher-order thinking skills (Barrett, 2006). The learners have completed their quizzes and are very proud and happy with their efforts. Next week, a special 'quiz judge' is coming to the class. The learners will be provided with feedback for their creativity and whether content is accurate. 

This lesson fits into the ICT Learning Design Framework (Oliver, 1999). The learners are able to design a real-world task through creating a quiz to do with a topic. The task is very broad so learners are able to include the information they wish. Learners are provided with all of the resources that they will need to successfully complete the task. Finally, teacher aides provides learner supports so learners will be able to complete the task.

Overall, quizzes are a great way to teach content to learners and to provide fun and engaging learning experiences. Learners will learn a lot more through creating their own quiz than they would if they simply memorised information and then reproduced it without thought.

Kind regards,

Kira.


References

Barrett, H. (2006). Authentic Assessment with Electronic Portfolios using Common Software and Web 2.0 Tools. Retrieved August 9, 2009, from http://electronicportfolios.org/web20.html

Marzano, R. J., & Pickering, D. (1997). Dimensions of Learning: An integrative instructional framework. US: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 

Oliver, R. (1999). Learning Design. Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://www.learningdesigns.uow.edu.au/project/learn_design.htm





2 comments:

Leah Friend said...

Hey Kira.
I have really enjoyed following your blogs. They have contained some really valuable information on a whole range of technologies.


I agree with your information on quizzes. I think they are a very useful tool for both students and teachers when it comes to creating authentic and meaningful learning experiences.


I think you are defiantly onto something when you stated that learners will learn more from creating a quiz than they would from just memorising information to take a quiz.


Another good point about quizzes, is that they presents opportunities for students to collaborate and communicate with each other. I am a strong believer in social learning and I really think kids would benefit from these sorts of activities.


I like the idea you have given for implementing quizzes into the learning environment. You have picked an authentic, meaningful and engaging task for the students to complete, given them the resources to complete it, and supplied support structures throughout the task. You have followed Oliver (1999) ICT Learning Design Model. Great Job.

Thanks Leah Friend

Kira said...

Hi Leah,

Thank you.

Yes, quizzes are a wonderful e-learning tool for the classroom. If used appropriately they can create wonderful learning experiences.

Regards,

Kira.