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Burundi has declared a new capital

Jan 032019

Burundi, a small nation in central east Africa, has declared a new capital city.

It was a promise made in March 2007, finally fulfilled. The Burundian government has officially declared the small town of Gitega to be its new capital city. The announcement was made over the Dec 22/23 2018 weekend, and Gitega became the capital on Dec 24.

How small is Gitega? The population of Bujumbura, the previous capital city (which will continue to be the country's economic centre), is approx. 331,700 (2018 figure). Gitega's population is 23,167 (2018 est.) 

Location of Burundi in central east Africa is shown on this map:

map of Africa, partially labeled to show countries around Burundi

 For the next few months (maybe longer), the African capital cities quiz will ask you, "Where is Gitega (previously Bujumbura)?", so if you have memorized Bujumbura, you'll still be able to ace the quiz.  

 

 

 

Frequently requested, finally available! US state flags

Dec 032018

One of the most frequently requested quizzes is the flags of the United States.  But no one ever specified if they wanted it as just the flags alone (in the Flags section), or the Geography section type where you click on the map to answer.  So, I did both.

If you want to practice just the flags, without having to also know where the state is on a map, head for the Flags of the US quiz in the Flags section.

If you want more of a challenge, try the Geography section United States: Flags quiz where you have to answer by clicking on the map of the US.

Some of them aren't too hard because they have the name of the state right on the map!  You know, like this:

 

If only they were all that easy!


New time zone setting for viewing your student scores

Oct 262018

Teacher plus accounts can view all their student scores, including the date and time the quiz was completed. Until now, the completion time has always been stated in US/Canada Eastern time zone.

But you can now change your time zone setting - in either of two places.

Option 1 - right on the Student Scores Details screen, just click on "edit" in the timezone area, and you'll get a dropdown for you to select your timezone.

timezone selection on the student scores details screen

 

 

Option 2 - go to your My Account tab, and then to My Account Settings, and you'll get the same dropdown box to select your timezone.

timezone edit on the my account settings screen

 
And voilà... your students' times will be in your specified zone.

From this:

student scores in Eastern time zone

 To this:

student scores in Pacific time zone

 

The timezone will also be applied to your score downloads.

Recently added/updated quizzes

Oct 262018

 

It seems teachers love the customizable quizzes and I frequently get requests to convert some of the older quizzes to the customizable format.   Quizzes that have recently been converted to the customizable format are:

  • The South Americas countries quiz 
  • The US major cities quiz. Choose from the 158 cities to make your own quiz. We made a sample quiz of the cities where NHL teams play
  • The Africa physical features quiz is now customizable. Plus it has a couple of new water questions: the Mozambique Channel, the Gulf of Guinea, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian sea.  Customize Africa Physical Features here

  • Oceania capital cities. If you're like me, you need help with this one, and using customization to break the quiz down into smaller learning chunks really helps.

And continuing along with the tourist attractions quizzes to support post-secondary travel and tourism programs, we've recently added:

'Til next time, happy testing!

AP Human Geography world regions quiz

Sep 282018

As requested by a teacher, we have added an AP Human Geography world regions quiz.

After researching the request, we found this set of questions to be one of the most popular world regions maps in use. We created our own maps for the quiz:

labeled map for AP Human Geography world regions quiz

 
The quiz is customizable - so you can select the questions you want asked, or force it into a specific testing mode.

We are very grateful to the teachers who ask us for a specific quiz - it lets us know what's needed, and when a request seems like it would have wide usage, we try to fulfill that request.

Give the quiz a try now!

Easy Share a quiz to Google Classroom

Sep 272018

Just a quick announcement - if you have a Teacher Plus account, we've added an easy way to share and assign quizzes to your Google Classroom.

Look for the Classroom Share icon on the share bar below the quiz question/answer area:

Lizard Point share bar, classroom share button on the left

Google classroom is a great way to set up students, classes, calendars, discussions and keep them all organized.  Now it's easier than ever before to integrate Lizard Point Quizzes into your class.  We have added the Google Classroom Share button to all 500+ quizzes. 

Please refer to official Google documentation for how to sign up for a  G Suite for Education account.