Online survey generators and quiz makers can be used as assessment tools.  All of the ones listed below have “free” options. 

These are some online quiz generators:  QuizletQuizstar Easy Test Maker, and Quizcenter

Quizlet is a free online vocabulary assessment tool.  Each student must make a free account which requires a valid email address.  Once signed up, teachers create vocabulary word lists that students can study online in a variety of formats including games.  Advantages are Quizlet can create randomly generated tests for each student.  Therefore, this is a benefit to students sitting next to each other in a computer lab situation.  Just have the students print out their results by “checking answers” as it does not have the option of showing all data of each student to the teacher online.  However, Quizlet does tell you with which word the most students are having difficulty.  Disadvantages include the instant messenger feature which does not easily disable.  Quizlet does not make bar graphs or show results in a statistical format. 

Quiz Star is free for only a 60 day trial period.  After that, subscriptions start at $2.50 a month.  You can create randomized quizzes for multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions.   Quizzes can have a time limit and teachers can be notified by email when a student completes a quiz.  After the students take the online quiz, they are graded automatically.  Students can receive teacher feedback.  The results can be viewed by class (if you have multiple classes), by student, or by question.  You can take the results and save in an Excel file or print out.

EasyTestMaker is a free online test generator.  You can upgrade to a “Plus” edition which has more options by subscribing.  However, the basic quizzes of multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer, and true/false are all available on the same free assessment.  You can add instructions and divide the test into multiple sections.  There is no limit to how many quizzes/tests you make and print out.  Disadvantages include no results are given in statistical format and students do not take the assessment online. 

           Quiz Center is from Discovery online.  Teachers can create a variety of quizzes with the following formats:  short answer, true/false, essay, multiple choice, or a combination of these formats.  A benefit of this service is that graphics can be uploaded into the quiz for questions needing visuals.  The quiz is automatically graded and the results that are logged for each student include the time the student begins, the time the student finishes the quiz, and the final score.  Beyond that, there is no statistical representation of results.

 

These are some survey generator websites:  www.surveymonkey.com, www.zoomerang.com, and www.polldaddy.com.

SurveyMonkey is a free service when you create ten questions or less.  In order to have more questions, you have to pay for the service.  However, you can create as many surveys as you would like.  (So, the bottom line is if you wanted to do more questions, you would just have to send the students more than one survey).  There are more than a dozen question types from multiple choice, drop-down ratings, fill-in-the-blank text boxes, essay, and more.  You can distribute the survey to as many students as you want through email or by the link provided to your survey.  It is very colorful which will grab student attention and it is easy for teachers to create surveys.  Results are given in percentages and graph format. 

Zoomerang is a free service limited to 100 responses per survey and a maximum 30 questions per survey.  Surveys may be created from template or from scratch.  The survey response can be viewed for up to ten days.  Results are given in graph format and are limited to mainly percentages.  It shows individual and whole group data on separate result pages.     

PollDaddy is free service that allows you to create polls or surveys.  There are eleven questions types to choose from.  You can post 10 questions per survey with 100 survey respondents allowed per survey.  Results for polls are given in circle and bar graph forms as well as percentages.  Results for surveys are given for individual and whole class in graph form.  Speed of how long the survey took to complete for each person is recorded.

An example of a quick poll creator is Polldaddy.  Students can elicit responses as motivation or introduction to a topic.   Students could create their own polls for a book discussion or other group discussions.  Just click on “Take Our Poll” for an example. 
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