Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Quillionz - Get Quiz Questions Automatically Generated From Documents

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Quillionz is a new service that makes it super easy to have a set of reading comprehension questions and quiz questions generated from a passage of text. There is a free version and pro (paid) version of Quillionz. This post is about the capabilities of the free version.

To get started using Quillionz you will need to create a free account on the site. You can do that by connecting your Google account, connecting your Facebook account, or by signing up with any email address that you have. Once you have registered you can begin using the service.

In your Quillionz dashboard click "new content" and you'll see a screen on which you can type or paste a passage of text. Your passage must be at least 300 words and no more than 3,000 words. Once you're text is in place Quillionz give it a title and select a "domain" for it. "Domain" is the term that Quillionz uses for what most of us would call a subject or topic. After you have done that, Quillionz will generate a set of keywords or tags that you can select as focus terms for your questions.

Based the text you supplied, the keywords you've chosen, and the domain/ subject you've chosen Quillionz will generate a set of fill-in-the-blank and multiple choice questions for you. You can approve, delete, or edit any of the suggested questions. When you're happy with the list of questions you can save them as a text document, print them, or export them to Quillionz's companion service Quilli Quiz. Quilli Quiz is a flashcard service.

All of the features outlined above are available in the free version of Quillionz. The pro (paid) version includes options for uploading a PDF and extracting the text from it. The pro version also includes options for downloading your question sheets as PDFs and Word documents.

Applications for Education
When I first saw Quillionz I thought it could be a great service to use to quickly generate questions from some of the current events articles that get distributed to students in social studies classes. Of course, it could be used with almost any document that you have rights to use in your classroom.

I tried Quillionz with a few different documents. The only time that it seemed to struggle to generate good questions was I included the text from a primary source document that I found on the Avalon Project's website. Quillionz's algorithm seems to struggle with 18th Century English. In other words, it doesn't like lengthy, complex sentences.

Disclosure: Quillionz is currently running a banner advertising campaign on FreeTech4Teachers.com.

Google Forms Now Has a Native Function to Import Questions from Other Forms

Yesterday I recapped the important Google products updates from June for teachers to note. July is starting out with another noteworthy update. That update is the ability to import questions from one Google Form into another without the use of any add-ons like Form Recycler.

Google Forms now has a native feature for importing questions into new Forms from your existing forms. The feature will let you select individual questions or all questions from an old Form to add into your new Form. It's an easy process to do. I've outlined the three step process in my screenshots below.

Step 1: Click the import icon. 
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Step 2: Select the Form from which you want to get existing questions.
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Step 3: Select the question(s) you want to import.
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Applications for Education
This new feature is a great way to questions from quizzes that you've previously made without having to copy and paste. This could be a huge time-saver when it comes to time create review activities for students. I have often made review activities purely from questions that appeared on quizzes earlier in the semester. With this new feature I can do that quickly without having to copy and paste.

My Ten Most Watched How-to Videos

Every month I make a dozen or more tutorial videos and publish them on my YouTube channel and on my Practical Ed Tech Facebook page. I've been doing this regularly for the last five years. My YouTube channel now has more than 1,000 videos on it. The following were the tutorial videos that were watched the most last month.

How to Create QR Code for a Google Form

How to Share Videos Through Google Drive

How to Add Your Voice to Google Slides

How to Use Adobe Spark

The Basics of Creating a Quiz in Google Forms

How to Add a Timer to Your PowerPoint Slides

How to Create Your Own Placemarks in the New Google Earth

Installing Backup and Sync for Google Drive on Windows 10

How to Use the Citation Tool in Google Docs

How to Move from Google Drive to OneDrive

Lessons on the Science of Fireworks

The Fourth of July is Independence Day here in the United States. And nothing says, "Happy Fourth of July" like a fireworks display. Watching Fourth of July fireworks displays is a quintessential part of the American experience in the summer. I'm looking forward to the day when my daughters will be old enough to stay up late enough to watch the fireworks with me.

If your kids are old enough to watch a fireworks display, they might have questions about how fireworks work. Take a look at the following videos from NPR's SkunkBear, National Geographic, and Reactions to learn about the science of fireworks.

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