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Rewards for quiz points?
Pamela Odom
I am thinking of offering some sort of prize or reward for the students who earn high point totals on my Sophia quizzes. I'm not counting these for an actual grade (at least, not right now), but they have a lot of potential for friendly competition. I'm thinking of offering a prize for the student who earns the most points on a given unit (playlist), and maybe a different prize for the class with the highest total. I also thought of offering a reward for certain milestones (i.e., when the class gets to 1000).

Do any teachers here do something similar? What are some of your favorite rewards to offer to students and/or classes?

Jan. 02, 2014 at 3:14 pm
cody arbuckle
candy bars and if your class reaches a 1000 quiz points throw together a pizza party.
Sep. 25, 2015 at 3:47 pm
Pamela Odom
Well, it took a few tries, but I put together a formula to convert the "correct\attempted" scores into "quiz point" scores. I thought I'd share it here in case anyone else is interested.

On the Content Summary screen, click Export. You'll get a spreadsheet with columns showing the "correct\attempted" scores for each tutorial. To the right of those, I created a new column for each tutorial's converted scores, then a last column for the totals.

Here's the formula:

In this example, the formula will check the raw score in cell B2. If the student hasn't earned any points on that quiz, it'll return a blank. You can then copy and drag out to the appropriate range of cells. Add another column for the sums and one more for their rank. (Sorry if I'm not explaining this clearly!)

Once that's all set up, you can just re-export the class's results once a week or so (or at the end of a playlist), and have the spreadsheet do all of the converting and ranking.
Jan. 18, 2014 at 4:58 pm
Tammy Keilman
I would love a video tutorial of that!
Jan. 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm
Pamela Odom
Maybe one day I could try to make a tutorial with a video showing how I created my spreadsheet and how to drop in new data. I can show it better than I can explain it.
Jan. 20, 2014 at 7:28 am
Tammy Keilman
That's awesome! I am not nearly as experienced as you obviously are with Excel, so I'll have to try it out and play with it.
Jan. 20, 2014 at 7:22 am
Pamela Odom
Oops ... now I have two follow-up questions.

I made all sorts of plans (and promises) before I actually had any data, assuming that the Group Summary or Content Summary would include quiz points for each student. Instead the report is more specific: 3/3, 3/4, etc. Is there a rule for how these convert to scores out of 15?
3/3 ---> 15 points
3/4 ---> 14 points? 13 points?
2/6 ---> ???
If each wrong answer costs one point, then 3/4 becomes 14 and 2/6 becomes 6? I'm thinking that, if I knew the conversion, I could export the data to a spreadsheet and have it do the calculations.

Also, is there a place where I can see data by question?

Thank you,
Jan. 09, 2014 at 7:46 am
Pamela Odom
Thank you, Tammy and Carolyn. I'm going to play with exporting the data to a spreadsheet and creating a rule that would convert "3/3" to "15", "3/4" to "13", etc. Theoretically I would only have to do this once, then I could just update the student scores every week or so. (I hope it's as simple as I'm imagining it to be!)
Jan. 09, 2014 at 1:52 pm
Tammy Keilman
I, too, would love it if we could see a student's TOTAL points for a playlist! I'm using a gamification type theme and the quiz points play a huge role in showing their progressing and "leveling up."

Sorry about the double post. My first wasn't here when the screen refreshed, so I sent it again!
Jan. 09, 2014 at 11:18 am
Tammy Keilman
I would love it if each students' total points for a playlist showed to me as they progressed. I'm using them as a gamification type theme so they can see as they progress.
Jan. 09, 2014 at 11:11 am
carolyn fruin
Your conversion is about right. I think each missed question costs 2 points. I guess I haven't double checked yet. There is also an export for the data if you'd like.

While you can't see the total quiz points, the students can. If they go to their summary page, they can see which pathways and what points they have. You could either do a quick check on a student screen or have them send a screen shot. Oh, maybe some sort of progress document that they keep in a binder and have parents sign - hmmm. I'm going to keep thinking about this. In the meantime, I'll add this to the "list" :-)
Jan. 09, 2014 at 8:13 am
carolyn fruin
Great idea! I know that soon we will have a weekly, monthly and yearly point leader boards on the student homepage that could be sort of fun for the kids to compete "internationally". I know that some teachers have requested a signed certificate from Sophia for the student to receive acknowledging the achievement. That might be neat, too. A template for your Hall of Fame! Also, check out - a site that you make your own badges and send them via email to people. I know Sophia has badges, but a personal one from the teacher would be cool. Keep us informed of what ideas you come up with!
Jan. 03, 2014 at 10:50 am
Tammy Keilman
Just thought of something else. If you are going to compare them between classes the average student total would have to be taken to remove the class size factor.
Jan. 03, 2014 at 9:21 am
Pamela Odom
Yes, I was thinking of some sort of "per capita" ranking because I have one class that's much bigger than the others.

Thank you very much for these ideas! I even thought of dedicating a corner of my board to something like a "Hall of Fame" where I could state who's currently in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, along with the top class (though I like the idea of only updating once a week!)

Another idea I had was to bring in my big coffee pot and have hot cocoa for the class that earns the most points during our first unit, maybe on the day after the test. I probably wouldn't do that every unit, but it might build some momentum.

One thing I like about Sophia's "Quiz Points" is that I think they'll really appeal to some of my middle- and lower-level students. As I've experimented with flipping this year, some of the best ideas have come from them.

Part of the reason I'm not grading the Sophia quizzes is that I don't like multiple choice much, and I can't see a student's reasoning on the quizzes. I'm using Google Forms to put a brief "Video Check" under each lesson, and those will be required (for a 5-point daily grade). The quizzes are so quick and easy that they're worth including even if only some students benefit from them.

Thank you!
Jan. 03, 2014 at 9:40 am
Tammy Keilman
I am just starting out but love the idea of somehow incorporating the points as part of a grade/reward. I haven't been able to give it a lot of thought. so please bear with my rambling off of ideas! :) You could always keep a Google doc/spreadsheet available and do an end of the week update. That way it won't be a paperwork nightmare. Then graph their progress as a class and have that projected up front to show their growth against other classes. Maybe with rewards at midterms and finals? It's easy to reward a variety bag of chips and let them pick.....a bag of candy? A coworker of mine creates "teams" within their classroom. I would love to be able to incorporate the grade as well, but the quizzes here are assumed to be formative so I'm not sure that is a good idea. Hopefully there will be other ideas.
Jan. 03, 2014 at 9:18 am

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