The popularity of live quiz games is continually growing over the decades. Live quiz games are fun since they tease people’s brains and it’s quite enjoyable to watch someone try to win.
For this reason, some players have resorted to the use of bots to help them advance through the levels quickly. In this article, I will be discussing hits such as Kahoot, Quizlet, Gimkit, and Quizizz in live quiz games today.
So let’s get on with it.
Kahoot is a game that is meant for educational purposes in either schools or any other learning institution. Its basic gaming elements are commonly known as “Kahoots” that come in a multiple-choice format.
The game can easily be accessed through the Kahoot app on your mobile devices or via your favorite web browser.
That said, Kahoot basically helps break the monotony of traditional class setups. Through formative assessments, teachers are able to review their students’ progress in Kahoot. To make it more fun, its developers have also included trivia questions in the game.
Talking of developers, Kahoot was jointly developed as a collective effort between Norwegian individual developers, university professor, and an entrepreneur. The game was first released as a private beta version in March 2013 at SXSWedu and later to the public in September that same year.
Kahoot’s sole purpose is to make learning a social process where students use a common screen, which can also be shared through video conferencing tools such as Skype. During gameplay, learners are required to log in using the generated PIN displayed on the common screen. After connecting, players can now use their devices to the live quizzes created by whoever is in charge at that moment.
In an educational setup, these quizzes often translate to award points that are normally auto-updated on the leaderboard whenever an answer is provided. The newer version of Kahoot now comes with an interesting update called Jumble.
As the name suggests, this feature jumbles quizzes for players to rearrange answers in the correct order. Other than that, the only downside with Kahoot is that tracking every students’ progress can be quite tedious. One has to first break down the many usernames and link them to the actual user.
- Improves student engagement
- Allows teachers to track student progress
- Easy to use
- Tracking student progress for a large class can be tedious
Unlike most online-based educational platforms that rely mostly on video-based tutorials, Quizlet uniquely supports rote learning in its set of user-generated terms and descriptions. Consequently, users can have access to the millions of different sets that literally cover almost any topic for their own practice.
Quizlet primarily focusses on its usability and memorization other than just being a social network for learning. Interestingly, Quizlet’s free package allows learners to search, create, and learn from six different set methods in different gameplay modes.
Alternatively, one can pay a small fee and be able to upload their own customized voice and image recordings. Additionally, teachers are able to monitor their students’ participation and also create personalized online-based class sessions by buying a Quizlet account.
Unlike Kahoot, Quizlet does not have a leaderboard that displays awarded points. Neither does it have a grade book for monitoring student progress. Therefore, Quizlet can not be classified as a learning management system but a platform that only allows learners and their teachers to interact and engage only through the educational materials.
Essentially, Quizlet cannot be used as an assessment tool but it is important to note that you can easily connect it with a Google Classroom and also export relevant student information a click of a button.
This live quiz game is solely user-based and can easily be accessed through the Quizlet app that includes study materials available in both text and visual formats. Furthermore, it also has a feature that allows users to import diagrams and label them. Moreover, you get to advance in the game only if you correctly answer the questions.
The Quizlet Learn feature comes with an array of test formats that includes a mix of true or false choices, multiple-choices, among others. However, you should know that the level of difficulty increases as you progress through the game.
- Easy to use and configure.
- Perfect for self-study
- Plenty of gameplay modes
- A generous free package
- Not good for assessments
Gimkit can be described as a live quiz game with a twist. It was solely developed for and with learners and their teachers in mind. Unlike most of the other live quiz games, Gimkit was developed and is continually maintained by students.
During gameplay, users have to first sign up to be allowed to create and customize their quizzes (referred to as kits). You can either create one from scratch, copy-paste questions from the huge Gimkit gallery for your modification, or import quizzes as CSV files.
Funny enough, Gimkit also allows users to import quizzes from other live quiz games such as Quizlet.
To set up your first kit is so easy as you only have to follow prompts and guidelines to add your questions, up to four answer choices for each quiz, and an image if necessary. Furthermore, teachers can also add rosters for their class and designate timed assignments to every student for completion.
Those who successfully complete their assignments on time get to earn money through Gimkit and can be redeemed for future upgrades.
Luckily, teachers can easily use the Gimkit dashboard to monitor student progress, their formative information, and earnings. This makes Gimkit perfect for formative assessment.
Moreover, their free package has access to all core features but limits users to the creation of up to only five kits.
For a more mature class, teachers can allow their students to opt-out of the introductory quizzes and let them get started with advanced choices such as research projects. Gimkit’s ability to allow the sharing of quizzes by projecting them on a common screen lightens up the mood of the class and makes it livelier during the session.
- Improves teacher management with its quick setup
- Allows users to import quizzes
- Increases class interaction
- Free package allows access to all core features
- Its security protocols aren’t tight enough
- It is student-centered
When it comes to live quiz games, Quizizz is truly on another level. To begin with, it is a freeware and subsequently supports multiple platforms.
For your own use, you can opt to either use the hundreds of existing sets of quizzes or just make your own from scratch. Another alternative that might be of interest to you includes the importation of quizzes in excel and/or CSV formats.
As a teacher, you can easily share your questions with your class by using the code for a virtual room. Your students will have to use this code to sign up.
Alternatively, it would be best to integrate this process through Google Classroom where they can easily join with their existing Google accounts. By doing so, you will have ample time pulling down the auto-updated data from the dashboard.
This will also notify you whenever students finish their assigned quizzes with responses and grades. You can choose to make this public or private.
On the other hand, learners earn points through their accuracy and speed in tackling quizzes. Importantly, Quizizz enables teachers to email student reports to parents or print and use the reports during parent gatherings.
- It is entirely free
- Can be easily integrated with Google Classroom
- Student reports can either be publicly displayed or made confidential
- Allows for the importation of questions or use of pre-made quizzes
- Copying and pasting someone else’s quizzes don’t allow for further editing
In conclusion, I would recommend that you try using live quiz games in your classroom. They will make your class become livelier, support teamwork among your students, give you more flexibility, and make learning more fun.