Quizizz Homework Clip

Find this page: DitchThatTextbook.com/HW

About your presenter

Matt Miller is an educator, blogger and the author of “Ditch That Textbook,” a book about revolutionizing the classroom with innovative teaching, mindsets and curriculum.  He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. Matt is a Google Certified Innovator, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator and two-time Bammy! Awards nominee. He writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. Reach him at matt@DitchThatTextbook.com or on Twitter at @jmattmiller.

About the book

In Ditch That Homework, Matt Miller and Alice Keeler discuss the pros and cons of homework, why teachers assign it, and what life could look like without it. As they evaluate the research and share parent and teacher insights, the authors explore some of the benefits for ditching homework:

  • Better education for all students
  • Reduced stress for families
  • More intentionality with lesson planning
  • Increased love of learning
  • More time for teachers to focus on learning at school and enjoying their after-school hours

And that’s just the beginning. Miller and Keeler offer a convincing case for ditching — or at a minimum greatly reducing — homework. They also provide practical guidance on how to eliminate homework from your lessons. You’ll discover strategies for improving learning through differentiation and student agency and by tapping into the way the brain works best.

For more information about the book, click here.

There’s LOTS of research about homework — and about other factors that contribute to homework. We know that we’re supposed to know about the research and use research-driven best practices. But how much have you actually dug into the research yourself? Let’s do some digging by spreading the work around a little at a time.

We’ll “Iron Chef” this activity — everyone digs into a little research and then presents their findings to the group via a shared Google Slides presentation. This way, we create something AND everyone teaches and learns.

Click here: Homework research Iron Chef activity

Remixing traditional lessons for maximum impact

Doing lessons the same old way day after day, year after year gets you AND your students in a rut. If we can put a fresh spin on old ideas — or if we can use old activities to inspire brand new ones — students will be engaged and inspired in their work. Here are some ideas:

  • Create screencast videos with Screencastify: Instead of writing the same old essay or report, what if students created a video instead? Screencastify lets students record with their screens and their microphones to create simple videos. See this blog post on how you can use Screencastify in the classroom.
  • Make eye-catching infographics with Google Drawings, Canva or Piktochart: Infographics are everywhere. They’re especially all over social media. They’re full of information, and they’re presented in a fun, visually stimulating way. Have students present what they’ve learned using an infographic. See this blog post on how you and your students can create infographics with Google Drawings … or this post on creating infographics with Piktochart.
  • Bring lessons to life with Google Slides animation: Use Google Slides to create a flip-book-style or stop-motion-style animation. Create the scene on a slide and then duplicate it, moving something very slightly on the next slide. Repeat over and over again. Here’s an awesome science example, and here’s a very simple example with a battlefield map.
  • Bring the world to your classroom with Skype and Google Hangouts: Bring experts to your class, take students on virtual field trips and/or get your class connected to another class via video chat. There are tons of opportunities. Here are lots of resources on getting your classroom connected to the world.
  • Give students a voice with Flipgrid: Flipgrid lets students record short videos (90 seconds or less) that the rest of the class can see. It’s great for doing reflections, book talks or explanations of their thought processes. With a premium plan, students can even record replies to each other with video. See this blog post with lots of ways to use Flipgrid in the classroom — with the free version or the paid version.
  • Interact together within a text using Hypothes.is: Turn any site on the web into a discussion. Find an article and add highlighting, annotations and notes. You’ll need a free account, and you’ll need to install the Chrome extension (which only takes two clicks). Here’s an example of an article annotated lightly using Hypothes.is.

Sometimes, something old can be inspiration for great new things! Remember the Madeline Hunter lesson plan from college? I (Matt) was recently at a conference that dusted off this old standby lesson plan template and used it to create some pretty cool lessons.

Let’s try it! We’ll remix a lesson — making it a modern, engaging lesson — as a group using the Madeline Hunter lesson plan template.

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If you’re going to make big changes — like reducing or ditching homework — there’s bound to be resistance. Here are some ideas for helping parents get on board with your big changes. (And here’s an accompanying blog post about the idea.)

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Often, if parents have a reason for homework, it’s that it shows them what’s happening in the classroom. Instead of communicating with parents through graded homework, let’s try this:

  • Creating a window into the classroom using social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or (gasp!) Snapchat
  • Reaching out to parents with a messaging service like Remind
  • Creating an email newsletter customized for each student (see a blog post on how to automate the process!)

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The feedback loop for traditional homework is way too long — 48 hours if we’re really on our game. If we provide students with feedback in the moment that they need it, they’re more likely to internalize it.

In this session, we’ll talk about strategies for getting students feedback in the moment that they need it. You’ll become the student, using Quizizz to learn something new!

Go to: Quizizz.com/join

The way the brain prefers to learn isn’t always the way we try to learn. Sometimes, it’s opposite what we expect. Here are some things we’ve learned about brain science and how it can apply to the classroom.

Click here: Cognitive Science Smackdown!

More brain science resources:

The real world isn’t looking for compliant kids, the ones who will appease the teacher and fill in the right bubbles. They’re looking for people who can create, who can communicate, who can work on a team, who can solve a problem.

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How can we help REALLY prepare students for college and the real world? Here are some ideas we have …

  1. Solid study skills
  2. Decision making and independent learning
  3. Critical thinking skills
  4. Digital research skills
  5. Authentic deadlines
  6. Teamwork
  7. Short-term goal setting
  8. Informal learning

Relationships matter. We know that how we connect to students has a direct impact on their learning. Here’s a great reminder of that from a TED Talk.

Click here: Every kid deserves a champion

Videos and Class Resources!

  • This section is where science lessons are posted for easy, online access.
  • This is to aid students absent for notes, help post important review information for tests, to display cool labs, and work through practice problems. 
  • The NEWEST lessons/videos are at the TOP!

ONE PAGER PROJECT RUBRIC: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1AXVQuJuNP7RG80VEVPcVhmYUE




Material below include: links to released STAAR tests and answer keys, practice QUIZIZZ,

links to all review handouts from class, links to old class notes, links to How To videos.  

SEE BELOW!  Remember to drop by tutorials to get your lowest TEKS! ;) 

Go to join.quizizz.com, Join codes listed for each topic BELOW in bold

8.11C                       Change in ecosystems over time; Biotic/Abiotic Factors 804727


8.5E                      Chemical Reactions 961309


8.8A                   Components of the Universe 465204                                             

8.9B&C                Plate Tectonics and Topo 776678

8.7B                     Moon Phases 418938

8.6A; 6.8A           Speed & F=ma 504085

8.6A (again)        Balanced vs Unbalanced forces 755814

8.6A&C                F=ma practice problems!! 416016     

8.5A                     Atomic Structure 540621

8.5B&C                Valence electrons, periodic table790133   

8.11A                   Food Webs and relationships 330742

8.5D-F                  Counting Atoms, Chemical Reactions, Chemical Equations 996129

8.7A                     Day & Night and Seasons 244412              

8.10A-C               Weather 246022



Link to all atoms materials (p.e.n., Bohr models, valence electrons, periodic table) 

Link to chemical formulas

Link to chemical equations 


Link to all Physics (forces and Newton's 3 Laws) materials  


Link to all Day & Night and Seasons materials

Link to all Plate Tectonics materials 

Link to all Moon Phases materials

Link to Tides materials--coming soon

Link to Topographic Maps/Satellite materials

Link to Weather materials 

Link to all Organisms & Environments (food webs, competition, change over time) 

Link to Potential vs. Kinetic Energy Video 

Explanation with pictures of TIDES! 

Link to Human Body Systems Video (8 mins)

Link to Cell Organelles: Video (5 mins); AND Organelles PPT


**Universe 8.8**

4/20/17Quizizz over 8.8A&B Materials. Join Code: 465204

4/20/17Light Years video clip

4/18/17HR Diagram Homework

4/18/17Completed Universe fill-in notes

4/18/17PowerPoint over components of the Universe (to study)


 4/7/17 Moon Phases to know in order


  **Weather 8.10A-C**

4/27/17   Quizizz, Join code: 246022 

4/5/17    Reading Weather Maps practice PPT with answers

4/4/17    8.10A-C Test Review (summary of all info)

4/4/17    Complete graphic organizer(goes w/ PPT below!)  

4/4/17    Weather Maps PPT!  Fronts and Pressure Systems    

3/31/17  Convection Current Diagram notes

 **Day & Night and Seasons!**


4/27/17   Quizizz, Join code: 244412 

3/24/17   Videos from Ms. Stritt explaining how to 

                  draw and label a seasons diagram...Click below.

                >SHORT video example (3:30) 

                >Mini-Lesson on seasons diagrams w/ detailed explanation (10:00)

3/24/17 Brief video showing how to label a diagram:

               I suggest slowing the speed to .25!!! Video

3/24/17 Seasons Diagrams practice!  Try on your own and

               scroll down for answers.Page One, Page Two

3/22/17  Class notes: Seasons diagram!!

3/22/17  Class notes: rotation and revolution



**Plate Tectonics & Topographic Maps** 


4/27/17   Review QUIZIZZ; Join Code: 776678


8.9C Topographic Map Resources

3/6/17    AWESOME practice PowerPoint to QUIZ yourself! and check answers!



3/6/17    Short 7 minute VIDEO CLIP explaining how to read a topo map! 

3/6/17    Example questions (AND notes from class Monday) on topo map

8.9B Plate Tectonics MENU PROJECT

2/26/17    PRE AP: Plate Tectonics Project Page (the Menu)

2/27/17    8th Science: Plate Tectonics Mini Project Page 

2/26/17    Project Rubric Page (for both PreAP and 8th Science)


8.9B Crustal Features and Plate Tectonics 

2/27/17    Test Review Materials: Test Review ANSWERS;  

                 PowerPoint with info; 

                 Plate Boundaries Review Quiz ?s from class (PPT) 

2/23/17     Help with the plate tectonic homework: see example and choices for

                 each section 

8.9A Historical Evidence of Plate Tectonics 

2/10/17     Timeline Notes (graphic organizer)


**Force and Motion**

8.6A-C Review Materials!

Note: be sure to check out the sections on 8.6A, 8.6B, and 8.6C below too!

4/27/17   Quizizz, Join code: 755814 (balanced/unbal forces, 8.6A)

4/27/17   Quizizz, Join code: 504085  (forces, speed and F=ma formula)

2/1/17   Summary of everything you need to know for the test!

2/1/17   Test Review with Answer Key! 

2/1/17   How to read Speed Motion Graphs (a review) 


8.6B Speed, Velocity, & Acceleration

2/1/17   Speed and Velocity Homework (do any 5 problems) 

2/1/17   Notes on how to CALCULATE speed & velocity (s=d/t)

2/1/17   Video help for how to calculate speed problems 

1/31/17  Speed, velocity, acceleration class notes          


8.6C Newton's 3 Laws! & F=ma

1/27/17   F=ma class notes and practice problems 

1/27/17   Helpful video for how to work F=ma problems  

1/27/17   F=ma homework 

1/25/16   Newton's 3 Laws homework (for help, see link below)  

1/25/16    Newton's 3 Laws blank graphic organizer AND filled in notes

                Newton's 3 Laws tips and tricks for Which Law is Which? 

                Newton's 3 Laws video clip! 



8.6A Unbalanced vs. Balanced Force and Calculating Net Force! 


1/10/178.6A Net Force Diagram Homework  

1/6/16   8.6A Forces Notes!  (Covers net force, balanced vs. unbalanced force,

                  and force diagrams)





8.5F Chemical Equations 


12/14/16   Quizizz, Join code: 996129 

                     Go to: join.quizizz.com 


12/14/16      Paper Test Review that we went over in class on Wednesday 


12/13/16   Helpful "How To" video that goes over chemical equations--

                 how to work them, count atoms, and decide if they're

                           balanced or not 


12/13/16   Chemical Eqautions HOMEWORK


12/13/16   Chemical Equations Notes from Class



8.5E Chemical Reactions


12/5/16Watch 8.5E LAB Video Homework, then take QUIZ below


12/5/168.5E LAB Quiz Homework 

                  (you MUST be logged in to your g.birdvilleschools.net google account

                  to access the quiz) 


11/30/16   5 Signs of a Chemical Reaction notes! 


11/30/16  Lab Report Form!!!! 

                Larry's Lost Lunch Labels Observations pages




11/28/16Physical vs. Chemical HOMEWORK 


8.5D Chemical Formulas  


11/16/16  Counting Atoms How To Video :)  (awesome for help! and practice)


11/16/16Counting Atoms HOMEWORK   


11/16/16 Chemical Formulas NOTES


8.5C Periodic Table 


11/17/18   Extra Credit: Memorize the New Periodic Table Song!!

                 Link to THE SONG: https://youtu.be/VgVQKCcfwnU

                              Hint: you can SLOW DOWN the SPEED of the video to help you! 

                    Link to the SONG with LYRICS: https://youtu.be/1cqauZq4uYM

                    Link to PRINTABLE LYRICS:




11/8/16       Periodic Table PowerPoint and Graphic Organizer & mini per. table.


8.5A & B Subatomic Particles and Valence Electrons 


11/1/16        8.5A&B Review: Jeopardy actual GAME from class with answers 


11/1/16         Written out Jeopardy Review--worksheet format


11/1/16           ANOTHER test review!  8.5A & B ;) 


11/1/16          PreAP Valence Electrons homework


10/27/16       Valence Electrons and Reactivity Video  

                     and  Valence Electron notes from Class

 10/25/16    PreAP Homework pages andextra credit 


10/25/16    Quizizz Review! join.quizizz.com with code 540621


10/25/16      Drawing Bohr models!;

                  YouTube video link:Drawing Bohr models!


10/25/16    Bohr Models notes from class 


10/20/16     Homework Page: RM 13 Table (Decoding an Element Tile)


10/20/16     Video: How to Decode an Element Tile and APE MAN notes 

                (how to calculate protons, electrons, and neutrons for elements) 

                 (need computer to view) 




Organisms and Environments 


8.11C  Environmental changes affect organisms & traits: 


10/06/168.11A-C Additional Study Materials 

                        This is a 7 minute youtube review video

                        made by Ms. Strittmatter to go over important

                        stuff for the test tomorrow 


10/05/168.11A-C TEST Study Guide! 

               You MUST be signed in to your @g.birdvilleschools.net account

                 to access the 8.11C materials


10/05/168.11C Adaptations PowerPoint


10/05/16 8.11C Short vs Long-term notes from class


10/05/15 8.11C Short vs. Long Term Environmental Change and Adaptations

               This is a 6 minute review video of adaptations and environmental

               change.  You will need a computer to view.



8.11A&B Describe relationships in food webs & competition


4/27/17         QUIZIZZ; Join Code: 330742 


9/21/16      Are you ready for the TEST on Friday?!  Three ways to prepare:

                  1. Complete the  8.11 A & B TEST REVIEW! 

                  2. Take the review Quizizz  It's NOT for a grade, just for fun.

                          3. Study your class notes! 



9/20/16    PreAP Predator/Prey Graph HOMEWORK due Thursday (9/22/16)

                (You MUST be signed in to your @g.birdvilleschools.net account

                 to access the page. Your PASSWORD is your birthday!)


9/19/16   8.11A QUIZ REDO! 

                (You MUST be signed in to your @g.birdvilleschools.net account

                 to access the quiz. Your PASSWORD is your birthday!)

                Once you take the quiz, you may not take it again. 


9/19/16    Food Webs class notes

                Symbiotic Relationships Table (notes from Friday) 

                        (and practice worksheet included, not homework)

                       Energy Pyramid Notes (go with the foldable) 



9/14/16   8.11A QUIZ

                (You MUST be signed in to your @g.birdvilleschools.net account

                 to access the quiz. Your PASSWORD is your birthday!)

                Once you take the quiz, you may not take it again. 



9/14/16   PowerPoint from class with points to know about food webs.  

                An example quiz is at the end! :) 

                           LINK to FOOD WEBS PPT from class!




9/12/16  Short VIDEO reviewing energy pyramids and food webs: Video Review!


9/9/16   Energy Pyramid foldable & instructions from 9/8 Version 1;  Version 2 

             (if version 1 won't work, try)



             Watch this video:Energy Pyramid InfoAND take this QUIZ.  

             (You MUST be signed in to your @g.birdvilleschools.net account

              to access the quiz. Your PASSWORD is your birthday!)

             You may watch the video and quiz at the same time.  

                   Once you take the quiz, you may not take it again. 


Lab Safety and Journal Setup 


8/29/16  Flinn Safety Contract   AND  Media Consent & Release Form


8/29/16 How to set up your Science Journal! Pic 1, Pic 2, Pic 3 


8/29/16  Fun video for lab safety: Zombie College :D (not required, just for fun)



              Watch this video: Flinn Safety Rules Rap and read over

              the Flinn Contract in your journal. Then...WRITE DOWN and bring

              one SERIOUS question about Flinn Safety Rules to class on Monday.




8/20/16 Here is a student example from last year: Newton's Three Laws!


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