How I Use It
I have used Socrative with 7th grade Literature students during a unit on Banned Books/Censorship/First Amendment. I use the “Exit Ticket” feature of Socrative each day of the unit to assess student understanding and provide myself with information regarding what topics may need to be revisited or more thoroughly explained, or where I need to adapt how/what I have been teaching for the next time around. I have also used it to discover what area of the lesson students have found to be of particular interest. The exit tickets also provide an opportunity to look for areas that would be worth investigating for students who need acceleration.
As a final project for this lesson the students are required to read a Banned Book and do research on the book, its history, and the author. They must then give a persuasive speech to the class either supports the retaining the book or requesting that it be removed from the library. Following the presentation, the class votes, based on the persuasiveness of the argument, using Socrative. The students all enjoy this aspect of the software. I display the graph that shows the results and students actively cheer and boo as they see the results coming in.
Socrative is an easy to use formative assessment and polling tool for teachers. When a teacher logs in they are given a room number. Students then log in using the same room number. Teachers are able to create quizzes (multiple choice, true/false, or short answer) and students respond using any app-based device or computer. The quizzes can be short---referred to as "Quick Exercises", or longer and more thoughtful--referred to as "Quizzes" can be created, either by inputting the questions directly onto the website or via import. As students respond, the results can be viewed immediately on a graph. Socrative will grade the multiple choice quizzes and provide a report that can be emailed to you as an excel file or viewed on Google spreadsheets. The "Exit Ticket" option provides a quick and easy method of getting feedback on the day's lesson. Pre-made exit questions are available or the teacher can create their own. While student learning does occur using this software through the use of quizzes and reflection, it is primarily a management tool for teachers. Socrative is appropriate for all students.