Socrative is a great online resource for teachers that want to do quick, formative assessment or informal checks on learning. Teachers can create a teacher account that works like an online “classroom”. Students go to that online classroom to participate in any activities the teacher makes active. Here is a list of some of the things a teacher can do using Socrative:
This is biggest thing that Socrative can do. Teachers create multiple choice, true false quizzes using Socrative and invite the students to their classroom to take the quiz. You can choose between student paced quizzes, where the students cycle through the quiz questions at their own pace, or teacher paced quizzes, where the teacher controls when the next quiz question will be displayed. I like to use these quizzes as informative formative assessments. I check for understanding, analyze the results for patterns, and determine whether or not we are ready to move on to the next concept.
This is a great way to do a formative assessment. Students can type in their own words, answer specific questions or give just a general reflection on the lesson of the day. The teacher can craft these to narrow the scope, but I usually just have a couple open ended questions that I use to get information from the student.
It isn’t a perfect game, but Space Race takes any quiz a teacher has created and makes it a game where spaceships fly across the screen with every correct answer. The objective is to be the first spaceship across. The thing my students have enjoyed about SpaceRace is the random grouping feature. I will set it to randomly group the students into 6 or 7 different groups, each assigned a specific color. Then, once the quiz begins, they know their color and always call out “Who else is Purple?”. They are cycling through the same old quiz questions, but wrapping it up in a game makes it a lot more fun for the students.
Results for all activities on Socrative are stored on the website and can be automatically emailed to you. The emailed results show each response and totals up the number correct too.
How to use it:
Students can access Socrative on the web or through the Socrative App that is available at the Apple ITunes Store. In the past, I’ve had students download the app to their phone or Ipod and they seemed to like that. Today, I just have my students go to www.socrative.com, enter the student portal and enter my personal Socrative classroom number.