Let's be clear: making good, effective multiple-choice quizzes ("MCQ") for our pupils is hard and time-consuming. Assessing our pupil's progress is a good and correct thing to do and is, of course, often required. MCQs provide a good way to check our pupils' understanding on a particular topic, and that we've done a good job as well!
However, they're not easy to build and get right, though there is a great guide written by CAS member Cynthia Selby which available on the CAS Community Site. This is where the curiously titled "Project Quantum" comes in, which:
- Should save you work - we all like that, right?
- Focusses on low-stakes, formative assessment - it's intended for those quick end-of-topic tests that check pupils' understanding
- Covers the whole of the computing curriculum - there are more questions currently on computer-science topics, but the bank is growing for other areas too
- Is free - we all like that as well!
- Feature questions written by you - for your pupils and classrooms
If you’ve yet to use Quantum, give it a spin. There’s a lot of really useful material there.
The aim of this project is to crowd-source questions and quizzes on computing topics, which can be shared by other teachers in both Primary and Secondary schools. There are currently over 8000 questions available! So it could well be that, if you're thinking of creating some questions, they might be there already: good news!
For example, here’s a fab one for Year 8 baseline; there are 50 questions in all, covering a variety of topics.
All the questions are hosted on the Diagnostic Questions platform, which provides additional data for researchers and others, because it can analyse how pupils have responded and build an interesting picture about misunderstandings and threshold concepts. There is a full guide on how to use the platform to create your own quizzes, as well as how to use those which others have created for you.
We in CAS are working on this project to improve (a) what is there in terms of the questions and the quizzes, and (b) how it can be used by more teachers. We'd like to hear from you if you have:
- used some of the questions and quizzes;
- found a favourite quiz;
- used the platform to author your own questions and quizzes;
- looked into using it but chosen not to proceed
Please let us know, especially regarding favoured quizzes as we'd like to make it easier for other teachers to find them.
More information about the project can be found on the Project Quantum CAS resource page. Please leave a comment there, or you can write to Tig Williams who is gathering information about the favourite quizzes.
[I confess, I've no idea myself where Project Quantum gets its name either!]