Pop Quiz

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PopQuiz is a tool primarily for teachers, to allow informal testing of students in real-time. The teacher poses questions to students on-the-fly, students answer over the mesh, and results are immediately gathered and displayed to the teacher. The application might have several other uses but pop quizzes are the main focus.

Group Members

Alex Jones Founder
Michael O'Dell User Interfaces
Brendan Luchen UI/Integration
Ben Isserlis Networking

Recent Updates


Decided to switch our GUI from using Tk to GTK+ after some input from the community


We made some rapid progress in networking and packaging. Current action items:

  • Work out remaining kinks
    • SVG Icon isn't being picked up
    • On starting activity PopQuiz appears to either freeze or take an unacceptably long time to load


We solidified our goals and plans for this quarter. Within the next week, we plan to have a minimal but functional application.

  • The student interface will just show an image while waiting for an update from the teacher.
  • The teacher's interface will first be assumed to be used on the XO. It will immediately open the question-creation dialog, followed by a waiting screen similar to the students'. When all students have responded, text statistics will be shown.
  • The network backend will be kept as modular as possible to interface with other tools in the future.
  • Question: will this tool be used for actual testing, or less formal evaluation?

Paper Prototype

Uploading soon...

Pictures/Concept Art

This is a concept for the final screen in the prototype. It will have the XO names right below the symbol, and the symbols will be highlighted red or green based on whether or not they answered correctly. Hovering over the XOs for a little bit will then show additional information like the last screen in the prototype. There should be back buttons added to go back to the previous screen as well as a 'ask another question' button and a 'end questioning' button.

The current interface for students is minimal but functional.

Future goals

Eventually, this project is going to be a program for the teacher to use to test students on their knowledge of math. The results will then be displayed to the teacher. The results will include things like % of users that answered the question correctly. A graphical display of what all of the submitted answers were and how many of each student picked that answer. The average time of student answers. And finally, a graphical display of all the students in the activity that when hovering over any particular student, will show the individual statistics about the student. This will help the teacher learn quickly what the weak points of the class as a whole are, as well as each individual student. With this knowledge the teacher easily determine what topics require more time for the students to learn. Teachers will be able to run the activity and students will be able to join. Hopefully we'll figure a way to efficiently connect somewhere between 10-15 students to each teacher. Also, currently the project will call for the teacher to input the question, answer, and amount of time to be given to the students to answer. Ideally the schoolserver.rit.edu will be able to host 'packets' of pre-made questions that the teacher can download and use.

Alternative Use

PopQuiz as a program also lends itself to quick tallies of opinion where a show of hands is unclear (do we play duck-duck-goose or dodgeball?) fun, impromptu polls between students, guessing games, etc. Other ideas?


Git Public clone URL: git://git.sugarlabs.org/popquiz/mainline.git


IRC Server: irc.freenode.net
IRC Channels: #popquiz, #sugar

Alex Jones email: acj3840@rit.edu
IRC: Boe08

Michael O'Dell email: michael.s.odell@gmail.com <br\> IRC: modell <br\>

Brendan Luchen email: bml4633@rit.edu <br\> IRC: Cheezmeister

Ben Isserlis E-mail: Google Mail account bisserlis. IRC: bisserlis