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Short Formative Assessment Improves Student Achievement

In case you’ve missed it, numerous studies have shown that short, frequent formative assessment (like Exit Tickets) is one of the most powerful ways any teacher can improve student performance.

According to Robert Marzano, a leading K-12 education researcher, “To the surprise of some educators, major reviews of the research on the effects of classroom assessment indicate that it might be one of the most powerful weapons in a teacher’s arsenal.”

In my opinion, this isn’t actually a surprise to most educators. Rather, the amount of time it takes to actually do formative assessments every day – even very short ones of 3-5 multiple-choice questions – is prohibitive. Frequent formative assessment costs so much time and aggravation, there just isn’t enough time in a day.

Clever use of technology can make short frequent formative assessment possible, by making it fast. I also know one teacher who has her students grade each other’s stuff (though this is perhaps better for longer assessments, since an Exit Ticket or similar daily assessment can’t be bogged down by logistics).

Of course when it comes to technology, it has to be super-stable and impervious to bad wi-fi or Internet, lost/forgotten/broken devices, and other glitches. That might be a tall order, but it’s exactly what you get with Quick Key.

By: Isaac D. Van Wesep
CEO, Design by Educators, Inc.

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Best Mobile Scanning: Micro Quick Tickets

Kristian Still from Wellington Academy in the UK has been experimenting with Quick Key for over a year now, and he is blogging about his and his school’s experiences on his blog. But what really struck me most was that Kristian and his students have shrunk their Quick Tickets down to a tiny size, making them not only compact enough to share a page with a 20-question quiz, but also super-easy and super-fast to fill out.

Scanning is unaffected by the size change.

I tried it myself, with two of our new Augmented Quick Tickets from AugThat, and lo and behold, it works great!!

… And they were really fast to fill out, too. My favorite!

These Quick Tickets are the size of a box of wooden matches. Tiny!

These Quick Tickets are the size of a box of wooden matches. Tiny! And very fast to fill-out

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Get a Free Month of Mobile & Online Quizzing

Quick Key is the only product that lets you instantly make, scan, and score paper quizzes with your phone or tablet, even if your device is not connected to the Internet. And, your students can also take a Quick Key quiz online in their Chrome browser or Chromebook.

Quick Key is also free, for up to 4 quizzes per month. But to get the online quizzing and unlimited quizzes, you need a Pro account. To upgrade to Pro, you can sign up here or click “go Pro” from your account dashboard. Use the coupon code “back2school” and you’ll get your first month free, or $5 off an annual subscription.

Give it a try, and let us know what you think!

Isaac CEO, Quick Key


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Join Us! Online Quiz App Hangout

Register for this event:

Join Quick Key’s CEO – Isaac D. Van Wesep – On August 18th at 3pm Eastern Time to learn about and give feedback on Quick Key’s new online quizzing app for Google Chrome.

The Chrome Quiz app is fully integrated into Quick Key, so you can collect both scanned and online results in a single quiz. Now we want you to tell us how to make it better.

This hangout is online.

I hope you will join us!

Register here:
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Help Us Celebrate 1 Million Quizzes Scanned!

We are closing in on one million quizzes graded with Quick Key! Our excitement is growing as we watch the live quiz scan counter on our home page. Each day we get closer. Who will scan Quick Key’s one-millionth quiz? Your success is our success, so let’s enjoy this success together! To add some fun to our millionth quiz celebration, we came up with a little contest. What’s at stake? Some Quick Key swag! Here’s the deal: Quick Key is offering a prize to the teacher who scans our one millionth quiz. We are also oferring a prize to the teacher who has the highest number of student scans during our contest period. What do you have to do to get in on the fun? Just keep scanning! Use or mobile scanner or our Chrome App to scan and grade your assessments, and we will keep track of all the rest! Easy Breezy! How to win: Just keep doing what you’re doing, and do a lot of it! The more quizzes you do with Quick Key the greater your chances of doing the millionth quiz….and the greater your chances of scoring some Quick Key swag!
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