Review by Kirstin Sobotka, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2016


Snapshot quizzes and questions measure student learning

Subjects & skills

  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Character & SEL
  • Critical Thinking
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Pros: Good question variety and tweakable options for quizzes (including student-paced or teacher-paced).

Cons: Teachers will need to be diligent to collate the data from each quiz on a student-by-student basis to get a sense of student progress over time.

Bottom Line: Powerful and easy-to-use student-response system has the potential to support responsive teaching.

Teachers using pen-and-paper assessments, or already onboard with more simple quizzing tools such as Kahoot! or Poll Everywhere, might want to take a look at Socrative as a more robust tool to experiment with. Need a Monday jump start? Set up student teams and plan a Space Race to review last week's material. Check out the data and further plan the week using content-rich, standards-aligned quick questions or exit slips. Quick reading or skills check? Allow students the chance to receive feedback using the quizzing option. Use particular poignant questions to foster further whole-class discussion after students are able to review their results. Also, make use of the short-answer question type at the end of quizzes to gauge student confidence: "Was there anything on the quiz you need more help with?"

Looking for more teaching tips for effective formative assessment? Check out our suggestions for how to Make Formative Assessment More Student-Centered.

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Socrative is a simple, dynamic online student-response system (via website or Chrome app) that can help teachers spark conversation and learning through user-created polls and quizzes. Teachers direct students to a web address where they input a code to log their answers. Via single-response polling, students' answers register immediately on the teacher's computer as the students submit their responses on almost any device. Properly implemented, Socrative is a formative assessment tool that allows teachers to create quizzes, quick questions, and exit slips that allow for multiple-choice, true/false, and one-sentence responses that can be graded with feedback for each student. In addition to those basic assessment strategies, students can team up to play Space Race, a collaborative activity that allows student teams to answer questions as quickly as they can; the teacher can access real-time results of this race as well as determine student teams. Teachers can also access data online and print through an Excel sheet or email for further planning.

Socrative is simple and flexible, and best of all, it works on almost any web- or app-enabled device. Collected and displayed instantly, student answers can become fertile fodder for peer-to-peer discussion and group problem-solving. Socrative gives teachers the option to create content-rich quiz-type content and engage any especially nervous or timid students through quick formative assessment questions or healthy team competition. Also, the tool has the capability to align each question to a Common Core standard. You can accurately measure student learning with printable reports, but if you want to generate long-term data of students over time, you'll need to collect student data from each separate report into one.

Students can review the feedback from any assessment opportunity and apply that knowledge to future assessment situations with the tool or in the classroom. Teachers can use that quick data to make on-the-spot instructional decisions or prepare for instruction the next day and determine collaborative learning teams -- but note that follow-ups will need to be done by means outside the app. Also note that Socrative isn't meant for delivering instruction but for providing an engaging way to assess students and accurately collect data.

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Teachers can transform formative pencil assessments with the help of an easy-to-use quiz creator and fun activities such as Space Race.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

While the site cannot deliver instruction, it can provide a means to preview or review material using a platform capable of delivering teacher-designed quizzes, quick questions, exit slips, and team competitions.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

The site offers useful tutorials for tool setup and classroom use and gives you the ability to add explanations for quiz answers. Teachers can join an online community to find and share quizzes.

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Kirstin Sobotka Classroom teacher

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Mohamed O. , Classroom teacher
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Good Tool For Learning
Socrative is a good tool for making learning easier and effective. In fact it allows the teacher to not only built his or her own quizzes, but also to import quizzes from the store. This tool is good as it gives the opportunity to students to see the live progress of their results. This part of the work is the one that is mostly liked by students and the teacher. I love also the tool as it enables the teacher to get all the students data of that quiz to use it for planning later on. Furthermore, Socrative helps teachers with class and individual reports to check the class academic needs as well as the learning gaps of every student. This tool helped my students learn new pieces of information through the immediate feedback they receive. Besides, it has made my work easier as all my students have become focused in class and well-engaged through constructive participation. However, Socrative does not allow students to see their names on the class screen, which makes it less interesting from other interactive apps such as Kahoot.
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