If you're a teacher, you probably use classroom quizzes with your students from time to time. Of course, you can always create a quiz using PowerPoint, but there are several online solutions available. The best one I've come across is FlipQuiz, which I've mentioned before on this blog. I find that my students really like the competitive element and it's a good way to review vocabulary or promote discussion. You can see some of the quizzes I've created here. Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to get in touch with FlipQuiz creator Marcus Burnette to find out more about the site, and he kindly agreed to answer my questions. And that's not all! Go ahead and check out FlipQuiz at FlipQuiz.me and they’ll take 20% off ANY FlipQuiz PRO plan upgrade when you use the code "englishblog" at checkout!
EB: Can you tell us a bit about your background?
MB: Well, my name is Marcus Burnette and I am the Founder of FlipQuiz™. I am also the Sr. Front-End Developer for an advertising agency in Orlando, Florida. I’ve been designing and developing websites for small-to-medium-sized companies for the last 10+ years and have a genuine passion for helping people and creating stellar user experiences online. I have a beautiful wife (who I’ll talk more about in a minute) and two wonderful daughters for whom I do all this work.
EB: What is FlipQuiz?
MB: FlipQuiz is a website created for educators to create their own custom test or assessment quizzes that we call quiz boards. You can create better, easier, and prettier Jeopardy-type boards instead of having to use markers/paper or complicated PowerPoint templates. And they’re saved in an account for easy access from anywhere, any time.
EB: How did FlipQuiz originate?
MB: Back to that beautiful wife of mine. Mrs. Burnette (as the students call her) is a middle school Language Arts teacher. Many, many years ago, she asked me to make something that resembled a Jeopardy board that she could project onto her white board in the classroom. As someone who was new to web design, I was delighted to give it a try and I whipped something up pretty quickly that had numbers in columns that she could click on to flip them over. Unfortunately, she ultimately still had to read the questions aloud from a sheet of paper in-hand and keep score on the board.
Fast forward a few years and I had learned to build more sophisticated web applications. With the rise in popularity of content management systems and some schooling under my belt, I set about creating something better for her - something she could manage and update on her own for her classes.
Once I had the foundation laid and she had a way to log in and create these boards, it felt only natural to open it up to everyone who wanted a fun way to create a quiz review, assessment, or trivia game!
It’s always been important to us to keep the site ad-free, so to cover hosting costs and put a few bucks in my family’s pocket to make it worth the time spent away from my wife and daughters, we launched FlipQuiz PRO about three months after our initial launch.
EB: What's the difference between the free version and the 'PRO' version?
MB: The difference is in the feature-set. While the FREE version of the site has plenty of features to make it a great tool on its own, we had some ideas for bonus features that would take time to develop and add costs to our hosting (like for image uploads).
Currently, FlipQuiz PRO offers in-game scorekeeping, private boards, image uploads, student flashcards, priority Support Requests, and more. For more information, readers can check out this page: http://flipquiz.me/pro
We’re always working on additional ways to make FlipQuiz better, both through new FREE and PRO features. There are some neat things on the roadmap for this year, but we’re always open to new ideas and feedback!
EB: How big is the FlipQuiz community now?
MB: Well, we’re still young as far as EdTech companies go, but we’re growing steadily. Within the FlipQuiz website, we have members from 190+ countries and see about 300,000+ pageviews per month. We’ve also seen some nice growth on Twitter (@flipquizme), which is probably our most active social network, though you can also find us on Facebook (facebook.com/flipquizme) and Instagram (@flipquiz)!
EB: What sort of reaction have you had from users?
MB: The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive - and we’re super grateful for the passion our members have, not only for the site but for EdTech in general! We recently sent out a survey for #GetToKnowYourCustomersDay and the comments, feedback, feature requests, and overall ratings blew us away. There are so many people out there that love the site and are excited to see what’s next.. not to mention willing to fill out an online survey for us!
(The results of the survey are on our blog: http://bit.ly/gtkycd-2016)
EB: What plans do you have to develop FlipQuiz?
MB: We’ve got some great things planned for both our FREE and PRO members, but our main focus as we wind down this school year is shoring up the site’s performance and mobile-friendliness. We’ve gotten lots of requests for sound effects and board customization and we’ve been working behind the scenes to make some of that a reality, but we want to make sure we can scale the site well and serve everyone with a fast, reliable experience. Again, if any of your readers have any suggestions for the site, we’re all ears! We have a lot of ideas as well, but we love hearing from you.
EB: Thanks Marcus. We look forward to seeing what you come up with.