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A lot has happened in the last month, and like many of you, I’m not sure what our school district is planning to do this Fall. To keep my mind off of it, I’ve been writing new chemistry practice quizzes! Since mid-June, I’ve added the following quizzes:
- Concentrations of Solutions (with dilutions)
- Electron Configuration
- Mass Ratios & Percent Composition
- Nuclear Reactions (with word problems!)
- Significant Figures (with arithmetic and scientific notation)
Plus, I’ve added some new features to existing quizzes by request:
- Naming Chemical Compounds – added the ability to select between simple (binary) ionic compounds and those with polyatomic ions
- Balancing, Identifying & Predicting Chemical Equations – added predicting chemical reactions
I’ve also cleaned up the quizzes so that they largely look the same and have similar features, like being able to generate a printable worksheet in each quiz. If you have any suggestions for improving existing quizzes or making new ones, I’d love to hear them!
There have been some changes to the Dashboard to make it easier for you to assign quizzes to your students. One feature is the ability for your students to join ChemQuiz.net with a simple registration code. You can also have them join a specific class directly. Each school and class has its own six-character registration code, which you can see in the Dashboard under the School Info and Classes pages, respectively. Simply have students go to chemquiz.net/reg, fill out the form, and enter the registration code. This should create their account and add them to your school or class depending on what code they entered.
Another feature that I think will be particularly helpful is the shortlink. When you create an assignment, ChemQuiz.net notifies students through email, but we all know that teenagers never check their email accounts (my own kid included!). In the Dashboard’s Assignments page, you’ll see a table listing all of the assignments you’ve created. Below each quiz name is the shortlink to the quiz, like this:
You can send this shortlink out via whatever student messaging system or LMS you use (Remind, Google Classroom, text, etc.). When the student loads the shortlink, if they’re still logged in to ChemQuiz.net, it will give them the option of completing your assignment without having to go the Dashboard first, so this should make it easier to disseminate your quiz assignments.
Additionally, I’ve created lots of Documentation pages with steps on how to do everything on ChemQuiz.net. I’ve also created a Sample Curriculum page with over 50 preconfigured quiz assignments that teachers can copy, modify and use simply by clicking a button!
Finally, I just wanted to thank you again for giving ChemQuiz.net a try! It’s my attempt to help other science teachers out in what is going to be a memorably difficult school year for all of us. I’m sure there will be bugs on the site, so I appreciate your bug reports and patience as I track them down and stamp them out while also teaching my own classes (whatever that ends up looking like!). Take care, keep in touch and stay safe!