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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.

 

Introducing Super Strict Mode - there's no help for you here!

Sep 222018

 

We've had a handful of requests from teachers recently, who want the Start Over Button removed from strict test mode, because when students are taking a test, they might be inclined to Start Over when they see it isn't going so well... 

To address this concern, we've created the new Super Strict Mode that has the following properties:

  • no Start Over (or Skip) button
  • no scoring information is shown until the quiz is over
  • no feedback whatsoever during the quiz... ie "Correct" and "Sorry, that's incorrect" are not shown
  • no list of places included in the quiz... you won't see what questions will be asked before the quiz starts

Some important notes about Super Strict mode:

  • It is only available on customizable quizzes, and only to Teacher Plus and Individual supporter accounts.
  • There is nothing to stop the student from reloading the page or re-navigating to the quiz in order to start again. But by removing all feedback on the results, the student will have less reason to suspect he is not doing well and want to start over.

 What a Super Strict quiz looks like

We have set up a sample Super Strict quiz for you to try: Canada Provinces and Territories - Super Strict Mode example (link opens in a new window)

When you try the sample quiz, take note of the following differences, which are circled in the screen capture:

Customize quiz mode options
 screenshot showing the help that has been removed from the quiz
 

 

  1. The list of places ("This quiz asks about...") is not shown. (But if you create the quiz, you and you alone will still see the list, because it will help you to see what you included in the quiz without having to either do the quiz or go back to edit mode.)
  2. The usual scoring information is not displayed - you'll no longer see how many points you've earned as you do the quiz
  3. There's no feedback. A superstrict quiz does NOT tell you "Correct", or "Sorry, that's incorrect".

     

    How to create a Super Strict quiz

Just go to the "customize a quiz page", and look for the Quiz Mode buttons, and pick Force Super Strict mode:

Customize quiz mode options
 screenshot showing the Quiz Mode options



As with all forced modes, forcing a quiz into Super Strict mode is only available to those with Teacher Plus accounts or Individual Supporter accounts. So, if you see the forced mode options but you can't click on them, it probably means you're not signed in, or your account isn't eligible for this feature. 

Customize quiz mode options not available
 screenshot showing the Quiz Mode options are not available

 

Where the results are saved

If you're looking at your own results, or the results of your students, please note that the scores for Super Strict mode are labeled as Strict scores. The strict score in the screenshot below is the score from the sample quiz of the Canada provinces and territories, in super strict mode.

Customize quiz mode options not available
 screenshot showing the superstrict score in the Strict column

 

Why are the scores for Super Strict mode labeled as Strict mode? Because it's not really a new mode - it's more of a mode upgrade, like getting fancy rims on your car. We didn't want to FORCE everyone to use the new features of super strict, so we've left it as an option. At some point in the future, we may be asking our users, do you even want the old-style strict mode? Or should we make Super Strict the standard for strict testing?  

Our new Travel and Tourism quizzes

Aug 162018

We've just launched a handful of new quizzes designed for Travel and Tourism students, but anyone can use them. The questions cover a variety of types of destinations: cities, popular sites, landmarks, national parks, resorts, beaches, natural wonders etc. Check the end of this post for a sample customization of a USA quiz that is more geography focused.

These quizzes  require you to know the country, state or province where a destination is located.  So, for example, in the USA tourism quiz, if you are asked "Where is the Empire State Building?", you would answer by clicking on the state of New York. 

The tourism quizzes offer a feature we've never offered before - a destination can be in more than one place. So if we ask you where the Four Corners Monument is, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah are all acceptable answers. And we'll show you that in 2 ways:

1. When you click on the "show me" button, all acceptable answers are highlighted, as the following screen capture shows:
screen shot showing multiple locations with the show me button

2. When you click on a correct answer, the answer response lists all the acceptable answers, as shown in the following screen capture. The user answered with Utah, and the response from the quiz was, "Correct, the Four Corners Monument is in Utah. (Multiple answers accepted: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah)"

screen shot showing response with multiple acceptable answers

 
So far, we've created tourist quizzes for Africa, the Middle East, Canada, the USA, the CaribbeanCentral America and South America. Quizzes for Europe, Asia and Australia/Oceania will be coming soon.  Look for the airplane icon in the navigation to easily spot these new quizzes.  You can see 4 tourist quizzes in this screenshot from the Americas navigation:

airplane icon beside a tourist quiz in the navigation
 sample navigation with airplane icons indicating the tourist quizzes



The destinations asked in the quizzes were based on the learning needs of a particular tourism program at a Canadian college. But all the tourist quizzes are customizable, so that you can select from just the destinations you need.  If you are an instructor of a Travel and Tourism program and you'd like some destinations added to the quizzes, please send us an email. Eventually, we hope to make it easy to add destinations yourself, but in order to satisfy an immediate need, we had to launch the quizzes with a fixed set of questions.

We realize that Travel and Tourism students need to know a lot more than just where the destinations are, but these quizzes will help with the "where", and free your mind up to learn the rest of the details you need to know for your program.

And now, for the example I mentioned earlier - here's a customization of the USA tourist quiz on mountains, caves and natural wonders.  It's just a quick 11 question quiz but it serves as an example of how you can create a geography quiz that isn't necessarily tourism related.