Shazam and the Online Listening Quiz

Here in New England, we get a fair amount of snow. Because of this, I usually build in a few classes that can be taught online. Given the likelihood that some of us will be teaching online in the not-so-distant future, I thought it might be helpful to layout my workflow for creating a listening quiz that can be given online. These steps are based on Apple products (a MacBook computer, iTunes and iMovie), and designed to thwart a student’s use of Shazam to help identify listening examples.

Let Flubaroo Grade It!

Most of my classes meet once a week, so I tend to start each class with a small, low-stakes warmup quiz. These quizzes serve a few different functions: they help us draw connections in class, from week-to-week; they help me gauge attendance; and they show me what information is landing with my students and where I can improve. I have found that the combination of multiple-choice questions on a Google Form and Flubaroo, a free add-on in the Google ecosystem, makes this process of weekly quizzes a manageable one.