11. Socrative

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What? Teacher edition

 

Engage, assess and personalize your class with Socrative! Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Student app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction. Save time and visualize student understanding when it matters, now! To get started using Socrative, simply register for a Socrative Teacher account. Your Socrative account will work with other Socrative Apps and via all browsers at Socrative.com. Students can connect to your unique room by opening their apps or joining your room at socrative.com on any device.

 

What? Student edition

Students share their understanding by answering formative assessment questions in a variety of formats: quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races. Once students launch the Socrative Student App, they’ll be prompted to join the teacher’s room via the teacher’s unique code. No student accounts necessary!

 

Technical specifications: teacher edition

 

Developer: Socrative Inc.

Price: Free

Size: 2,5 MB

Rating App Store: ★★★★

Available: iOS, Android, Windows

 

Technical specifications: student edition

 

Developer: Socrative Inc.

Price: Free

Size: 2,5 MB

Rating App Store: ★★★

Available: iOS, Android, Windows

 

Efficiency value


Socrative needs some preparation in advance but can readily be used in almost any lesson. It functions as a testing tool and is ideal for some final comprehension checking at the end of the lesson.

 

Content value


Socrative provides no lesson content by itself but allows for the creation of small and quick tests of any subject. It has many different ways of testing knowledge and will then aggregate the results to give the teacher a succinct view of the class’ understanding. The different options are a quick quiz, a space race, some quick questions and an exit survey.

 

Motivational value


Some pupils may find this an enjoyable way to wrap up a lesson through quick review. Others may find this to be somewhat confronting and display a reluctance to answer if the test is not anonymous (for fear of a public mistake) or find it to be an affirmation of their own ignorance.

 

Bad Acceptable Good
Efficiency value x
Content value x
Motiv. value x

 

Comments
Socrative can provide real and valuable results for the teacher in gauging their class’ understanding of any given subject. Some thought has to go into the way these results will be obtained and the methods should be tailored on a class-by-class basis. A method developed for general use may not always be productive in some classes.

 

Lesson ideas

 

  • This application is similar to the aforementioned application Nearpod. This is a useful app for quizzes and tests.

 

  • After a few lessons, the pupils can make their own tests about the subject matter to test themselves and their fellow pupils. An option is that after each week, you ask one pupil to make a test about the subject matter of that specific week. The pupils do the test during the weekend and the results are discussed in the following lesson. This way pupils are better prepared for the real test, given by the teacher. You might even do this during the same period, as a guided independent learning task.

 

  • Socrative is naturally an ideal application to use if you decide to implement a quiz in your lesson. It is very easy to divide pupils into groups and to track their progress and scores, removing the hassle of working with the blackboard while quizzing and focussing more on the didactic aspect.

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