Introducing three new quizzes on the British Isles!
The British Isles are a group of islands in the North Atlantic off the north-western coast of continental Europe that consist of the islands of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Hebrides, Orkneys, Shetlands and over six thousand smaller isles.
The British Isles are home to two countries: the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Students in the United Kingdom learn about the British Isles, not just the UK, so we created a few new quizzes to assist their teachers to deliver the curriculum.
The British Isles: countries quiz breaks down the UK into its 4 autonomous regions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and also includes the Republic of Ireland. To the outside world, it feels a little awkwardly named: within the UK, England, Scotland and Wales are referred to as countries, while N. Ireland is often called a province. But they are not independent countries, so the term 'country' can be confusing.
The British Isles: Major cities quiz is similar to the UK major cities quiz but also asks about a few of Ireland's largest cities.
The British Isles: islands quiz asks about the major islands and archipelagos in the British isles (thankfully, just 10 questions, not 6,000!) Note that Jersey and Guernsey, which are not actually part of the geographic archipelago of the British Isles, they are closely associated with Britain, and are included in the UK geography curriculum.
A British Isles rivers quiz will be coming soon.
Teachers should note that student records that they set-up, and are never used, will be deleted after 18 months. This is necessary to ensure system resources are being allocated to accounts that are actually being used. Note that we do not delete any records with activity (although these should also be deleted by teachers after the student has moved on).
And remember that new student accounts can easily be set up from the teacher dashboard.
If you or your students are currently studying/testing on the islands in Oceania, you may want to be aware of two changes to be launched on Monday September 21, affecting the Oceania quizzes:
First, the map will be changing. This is the current version, where Pictairn Islands is a location off the map, indicated by an arrow:
In the new version, the map extends further east so that both Pitcairn Islands, and Easter Island are shown:
In the basic version of the quiz that asks only about the 14 countries, the questions will not be changing, nor will where you click to answer. You will just see a slightly different map.
The second change, which you may have guessed already, is that Easter Island, which is a special territory of Chile, will be an available option to add to a customized quiz. But if you take a customized quiz that asks about some of the other islands, you may have to familiarize yourself with a different click spot to answer Where are the Pitcairn Islands?
And if you customize a quiz, you’ll be able to add Easter Island to the questions. If you’re taking quizzes created by someone else, you might see Easter Island asked about in the near future.
To summarize, you will see the following changes:
Oceania countries will have a new map, but the 14 questions on the countries will not change. https://lizardpoint.com/geography/oceania-quiz.php
Oceania Islands, a non-customizable quiz, will have the new map and a new Easter Island question. https://lizardpoint.com/geography/oceania-islands-quiz.php
Oceania countries - text input quiz - will have the new map, but the 14 questions on the countries will not change. https://lizardpoint.com/geography/oceania-txt-quiz.php?qid=118430. The original version of Oceania countries - text input quiz which contains all countries and islands, https://lizardpoint.com/geography/oceania-txt-quiz.php, will pick up the new Easter Island question.
Any customizable quiz based on https://lizardpoint.com/geography/oceania-quiz.php or based on the text input quiz https://lizardpoint.com/geography/oceania-txt-quiz.php will have a new map, and MAY have a new question, depending on whether the quiz owner decides to add Easter Island to the questions.
We've been working on a new feature (actually, it's more like two features, but they're related) that will help you study and learn, and we're ready to show it to you on a couple of quizzes:
For now, it's only available on the above two quizzes, and we'd love your feedback (at email@example.com). We're especially interested in any technical problems that might be related to devices/browsers we haven't tested.
The biggest change is the new Explore button which you'll find on the end of the row of buttons on the quiz:
When you click on the Explore button, you'll get an area (the Explore Box) to the right of the map that lists all the places the quiz asks about. Mouse over (or tap on) the map areas to see the name of the place.
In the screenshot below, I have clicked on the map on Austria. A text tip (or label) appears just above where I clicked that shows me the name of the location I clicked on, and as well, the name appears in the green bordered box on the right, just below the title, "Explore the locations". I've circled both of these in red to point them out here.
You can also click on any of the place names in the list in the Explore Box, and you will see them appear on the map the same way: highlighted, and a text tip.
Benefit: for students that are overwhelmed by all the place names on the Labeled Map, the Explore button gives them another way to learn or review the locations just on this quiz.
And the second (related) feature is....
You'll also see Text Tips when you use the Show Me button, as shown in the following screenshot of a UK cities quiz. Sometimes, it can be hard to notice what area was highlighted when you click the Show Me button... now it's more obvious. The label (text tip) will be just above the uppermost part of the highlighted area - a bit to the left or to the right depending on how far the highlighted area is from the edge of the image.
Benefit: it's easier to spot the area highlighted when using the Show Me button.
Please try the new feature on these two quizzes, and send any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd like to launch this feature by the end of February, and we want to make sure there aren't any issues we aren't aware of.Dec 062019
We've just added a new feature to our Stamp program. Or should I say we've just added a new feature to the weekly trivia quizzes? Trivia quizzes are now eligible to earn motivational stamps in the stamp program that's part of the FREE Personalized Quiz Tracker.
The stamp program awards stamps (doh!) to signed in users for the completion of quizzes in certain categories (such as Africa, Europe, Bodies of Water, Cities and more). Now you can earn stamps for Trivia quizzes as well.
Your "My Stamps" page shows you all the stamps you have earned, and it looks something like this:
When you earn a new stamp, you'll get a notification when you complete a quiz, like this:Aug 092019
You can earn stamps for the completion of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, 100 and 200 trivia quizzes.
If you've been signing in when you do the trivia quizzes, we've given you credit for all your completions. So you don't have to start from scratch! If you want to see your stamps now, sign in, and look in your My Account menu for the My Stamps link.
Another great benefit of your free account is that we save your quiz results for all your quizzes, so you can always review your progress.
You can read more about the Personalized Quiz Tracker and stamp program. And you can create your free account here.
What's the opposite of clicking on a map to show where a country is? We'll show you the country on the map, and you type in its name.
This reverse activity will keep your brain fresh - you'll have to think in a different direction, plus you'll have to learn how to spell. It's funny the things you think you can spell until you actually have to do it!
Here's what it looks like:
Spelling counts. We can't check every possible name for a country, so for the most part, we are using the common short names used in English.
If you're in doubt as to what we'll accept for the answer, check the section near the top of the screen where it says: "This quiz asks about these places", followed by the list of names, in alphabetic order. This list to help you with your spelling will only be available in practice mode. In other test and strict test modes, you'll need to remember how to spell.
If we accept an alternative, it will be in parentheses - for example "Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)". Good news - you don't have to type the accents. If you choose to use accents, we ignore them, so a correct answer doesn't necessarily mean you got the accents correct.
Another thing you can do in practice mode is get a HINT. Just click on the Hint button to see the first letter of the country name... keep clicking to reveal more letters. For now, you can ask for as many hints as you need.
Where to find these quizzes:
We've just launched 9 of these quizzes. Look for the Tt symbol on the menu:
Here are the direct links to them:
Also, all of these quizzes are customizable, meaning you can choose which questions to test yourself or your students on. Some are customizable by anyone with a free account, and some are customizable by premium members only.