Teacher Review For Socrative

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Tracy Y.
Classroom teacher
Maranatha Christian Schools
San Diego, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with General
How I Use It
I first used Socrative when doing iPad orientation with high school students - I was looking for a way to engage them while reviewing rules. They were engaged and answered every question. They enjoyed seeing the live results. I used teacher-paced quiz, so I could wait for everyone to answer. I really like using it in the classroom for discussions in classes where 1 or 2 students always answer, so I can see if the other students know the material or have an opinion but just don't voice it. I have also used it in my classes for quizzes. There are a few student who truly prefer paper, but most of them really like doing it on the iPad. They like the instant feedback when I include the correct answers.
My Take
Great for keeping the whole class engaged. If I display the results on my screen and wait until everyone answers, they pay more attention. I like that the quizzes are easy to make and I like that I can choose student-paced (for a true quiz) or teacher-paced (to get the whole class answering). I like that you can have true-false, multiple-choice and short answer questions. I love that it can send me a spreadsheet at the end with everyone's answers, and a final score. I have never used it, but I really like the idea of the end of class quiz, which asks what they learned, what they struggled with and then asks them to solve a question on the board. I like that you have the option to set a correct answer that pops up after the student selects his or her answer, or you can leave it without a correct answer. This makes it useful for both quizzes and class discussions. The students liked everything except they wished that they could go back and check and change answers, like they could on a paper quiz.