How I Use It
I very often use Socrative as an accountability piece to check on my students’ independent reading. At the beginning of class my students read independent, free choice books for 15 to 20 minutes. When they are finished I have them sign on to the site and enter their name, the title of their book and then I give a short answer question or prompt like: “In 4-5 sentences summarize what you read about today.” OR “In a short paragraph explain some character traits about the main character in your book. Would you chose this person as a friend? Why or why not?” I try to tie these prompts in with the literary elements or skills we are studying in class.
Secondly I love to surprise the students by asking an outrageous or silly question or give them multiple choice answers to choose from that are humorous. The kids get a kick out of it and think I am a bit off my rocker. It keeps them on their toes and engaged ;)
This is a great informal assessment tool in which the teacher can get immediate feedback as to whether the majority of the class has understood a concept. It can inform the teacher of the need for reteaching. Results are given in percentages by the question, so it will show understanding of one concept but misunderstanding on another.
Results of the test can be anonymous or you can have students attach their names to their answers. The results of the quiz can be downloaded in an Excel document to be stored or printed if desired. Quizzes can be stored on the website to use again with another class or the following year. Teachers can also share quizzes. Find one that someone has already made and use it for yourself, or make a common quiz that several teachers in the same district can use for a common assessment.
Socrative is adding two great features for this fall... images can be added to the quizzes, and they have added the ability for the short answer questions to be graded. The increased potential for different uses by adding images is only limited by your imagination.
Socrative can be used in the format of a website or an app that can be downloaded from the app store. Be sure to download the appropriate app: there is one meant for students and one meant for teachers. The great thing about these is that students can be on the mobile app while the teacher is on the website and vice versa, or everyone can use the website or the app. It all works in any combination.