Classroom Hack; QR Quizzes using Microsoft Forms

Point your camera at the QR code below to see an example of GCSE History ‘Detente’ Quiz using Microsoft Forms.

detent qr

With the new GCSE qualifications putting ever increasing demands on breadth and depth of knowledge, there has been an increasing need to find ways to approach this aspect of teaching and learning. Why is quizzing important on a regular basis?  It is worth reminding ourselves of Ebbinghaus forgetting curve.

There have been some fantastic resources shared over the year on the Facebook Edexcel GCSE History group that have all in their own way given us the ability to chip away at this humungous mountain of knowledge requirement and give us some hope of how we, as teachers, can support students with this aspect of learning.

This has included the use of knowledge organisers as well as quick and short class quizzes in the form of a Wonderwall like this Medicine-overview-quiz.

How can technology save us time, or add to, this area?

One method I have recently trialled is the use of Microsoft Forms, which comes part of the Office 365 package.  Here is the link:

These quizzes can be entered through a weblink or the creation of a QR codes (it makes one for you), see 4 examples at the top of the blog.  Point your mobile camera at the QR codes to enter the quizzes.

-students have these glued into their books, whenever we need to recap, they can go in and complete, either in class (if mobiles allowed), or at home for homework.

-you can have them public (like the examples above) or private.  Private is better as the student has to login to their office account to complete making the results linked to their names, allowing quick analysis by the teacher of results in graphic and excel form.  This can then inform areas of weakness for the class and provide discussion points.

Below is an example of the response screen.


Hovering over each area gives you the name of the student.  You can also export to excel.  It also gives % results.

The students really enjoy the competitive element as well.

It’s not the be all and end all, but it certainly does add another technique to our approach and what is also important is that it saves you time for marking.

Finally, these can be used again and again with each class and future classes, ultimately saving more time for what matters; focused teaching and learning to support individual students.

4 examples I have used:

Below is a 60 second video on how to create quiz.

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