How I Use It
I typically use this for reading quizzes, practice quizzes to see what needs to be retaught, and for polling. Students can use this on cell phones (and with no registration...they only need your course number, which is SO NICE for time), but sometimes it was glitchy and they couldn't go back. In that case, I had students start a new quiz and just continue where they left off. In the latest upgrade, this was supposed to be fixed, but I haven't had the chance to try it again yet. This year we have 1:1 so hopefully that will be more reliable than cell phones. Students have the potential to learn from this application because it can provide instant feedback (if you choose to do so), and it can be used for formative purposes to improve instruction.
I like Socrative for the "quick" quizzes in my classroom to check to see that everyone has done their reading or to get feedback for polling on multiple topics (much easier to use/harvest data from than PollEverywhere in my opinion). I especially like that I can choose to run quizzes (that can be uploaded from other formats) at student-pace or teacher-pace and with/without instant feedback for students on how they are doing. I also like that I can see in real time where each student is at in the quiz (#5/10, etc.), and I can see multiple choice responses immediately in graph form. Even short-answer quizzes are easier to grade because they export in a spreadsheet, making grading by column pretty quick. Another perk is that I can open and close quizzes quickly. I would love to have an "export" button to send the grades to my school's system, but I do know that they are partnered with Always Prepped now so grades are auto-exported there.