Quick Tip

Autobuild Feature

Quick Tip: Build tests even quicker now with Naiku’s new autobuild feature. The autobuild feature allows you to quickly create tests by having Naiku automatically suggest and add items for you based your search criteria. Below are the steps I used to create Pythagorean Theorem quiz with 10 questions. Step 1: Create a new assessment and search for items. Step 2: Select the search criteria and search for items In this example, I am typing in “pythagorean” into the stem filter. This will give me all of the questions that … Read More


Quick Tip: Adding Audio Files

Do you teach a world languages class and want to assess your students’ ability to listen to and comprehend a conversation? Or perhaps you teach music or choir and want to assess your students’ ability to listen to and identify notes. Now, you can do that easier than ever in Naiku. In the short quick tip video below, I show how teachers can easily embed audio files into their test questions. As always, I appreciate your feedback and suggestions for future Quick Tips. Adding Audio to Naiku from Naiku on … Read More


Quick Tip: Inline Multiple Choice Items

This week we introduced a new addition to our Multiple Choice Item Type. We have gotten a few questions about updating our multiple choice item to allow for inline options. Below is the process for this new improvement to the MC item type. To insert an inline MC question, write your question in the same way you would write a constructed response question by inserting three underscore’s in the stem where you want the blank to be. After that is done, finish adding the information you would like to be … Read More


Quick Tip: New Assign Test UI

We recently rolled out a new user-interface (UI) for assigning assessments to classes. The changes were prompted by teachers and administrators looking for a more intuitive way to assign an assessment to multiple classes. Read More


Quick Tip: Requiring Access Codes

One question we have had from teachers revolves around the idea of making a test more secure so that students are not able to take tests from home if they are absent or see a test before or after a class period if the test is still open. To help with this, Naiku has created an feature that require students to enter a code before they can take the test. To activate requiring an access code for testing, go to the main (master) test and edit it. Click on Actions and choose … Read More


Quick Tip: Twitter Chats

Twitter: When I first heard about it, I thought it was Facebook in 140 characters or less. But then I recognized the immense power in using Twitter for professional development. Thousands of educators use Twitter to post interesting blogs they have read, share lesson plans, and discuss hot topics in education. That’s right! Discuss. Twitter Chats are opportunities for educators to engage with others from around the world or across the street to discuss and share ideas and resources on particular topics. Some of the larger groups include: #edchat: One … Read More


Quick Tip: Sorting Questions

The following questions are very similar, yet one provides a much richer assessment question: T/F: Germany was a part of the Allies during WWII. Sort the following countries by their allegiance during WWII. Sorting is a skill that demands a higher order meta-cognitive response than a true/false or multiple choice question and also allows for more connections to be made increasing long-term learning. Naiku allows teachers to create this question type through it’s ordered item type. From a new assessment screen. Create a new ordered item type. To change the … Read More


Naiku Quick Tip: Creating Ordering Questions

The ordering item type gives students a randomized list of items and asks them to unscramble them into the correct order. It is a very strong item because it engages students in a higher order thinking process than simple recall and respond type questions. To setup an ordering question in Naiku, create a new assessment and then add and ordered question. Then edit the ordered type with the directions and the list of terms you want students to organize. Be sure to write them in the correct order. Naiku will … Read More


Naiku Quick Tip: Setting Up Standards-Based Grading

Aligning test questions with standards can be a great tool in understanding what students are truly learning. When standards are aligned to you test questions, Naiku provides valuable reports to help guide educators to the next step in their teaching and student learning process. To add standards to your test questions, either create the question or go to the editor of an already created question. To align this question with a particular standard, click the ‘edit’ button in the settings box on the left hand side of the screen (shown … Read More


Naiku Quick Tip: Constructing Better Constructed Response Items

As a middle school math teacher, my go-to assessment item type was constructed response. I loved the item for its ability to be created quickly compared to thinking through multiple-choice answers and the freedom it gave me to get a better understanding of student learning and misconceptions. There are a few ways to customize the constructed-response item type in Naiku to make this item even more helpful. I’ll show three examples to demonstrate some of the ways you can upgrade your constructed-response items. BASIC QUESTION The first example (above) is the run-of-the-mill … Read More


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