Open-Internet Quizzes

All my quizzes are open-internet* AND students may reattempt quizzes if they think they can do better. Yesterday, I was cruising around the room and saw this on a kid’s screen:


Searching for “how do i find the angle of the equilibrium force”.

I figure one of two things is happening here:

  • kid has zero idea how to find the problem and is searching for a howto online
  • kid wants to confirm that what she’s doing is correct

My gut says it’s the first scenario. As I kept moving around through all my classes, I also spotted kids copy/pasting the whole question, hoping it was published online (gotta admit to doing that myself). One kid was really pissed to learn the result he used to answer his question was incorrect. In his words, “Google lied to me!”

This Googling led me to wonder what my kids search for on open-internet quizzes:

myavatar mgolding
Would love to have a list of what all my kids google for during my open-internet quizzes.
3/20/14 10:58 AM

Oh, it’s on. I have a few different plans here:

  • classifying the kids’ queries because I’m curious
  • helping them search better
  • planting Easter Eggs on Yahoo Answers (yeah, I just want to mess with them a little)

The first step is to intercept the exact queries. John Burk pointed me toward the idea of a Google Form that hands off to a Google search query. I’d collect the data in the form and the kids’ searches would be automatically run. The key lays in convincing kids that me seeing their queries will in no way harm their score nor will I change my practice because of something I see. They need to believe me to use the form.

The second step is to learn if the query led to a result they used to answer the question.

More on this story as it develops.

*my quizzes are taken on Moodle, so the kids’ computers are online for the quiz. Also, we’re a 1-1 laptop school.

4 thoughts on “Open-Internet Quizzes

  1. Pingback: Day 133: Quiz Googling | Physics180

  2. I would love to know how you quiz/assess differently with 1:1. We will be 1:1 chrome book in 2015/16. I am encouraging teachers to think differently about testing and homework, instead of trying to ban and monitor device use. Teachers are worried about students taking pictures of the tests or googling answers.

    • The single biggest difference is that all my tests and quizzes pull random questions from banks of similar questions, grouped together into categories. This means no two kids have the same test. Also, all my problem-based questions have changing numbers in them (probably my favorite Moodle feature).

      The bottom line — I give a pretty traditional test but the question banks help me make sure no one sees the same test.

  3. Yes, Online quizzes are good to analyze the understanding level of the students. In this way no one can try to cheat. The chances of cheating almost finish. You have done good effort.

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