How I Use It
In the university writing classroom setting, I used the Socrative app/program to quiz knowledge - mainly about stories/literature we've read. For example, after reading Kate Chopin in class together, then having a discussion, I would pull up a short Socrative quiz to test their knowledge of basic questions about the plot or symbolism. Also, Socrative is good for quick class surveys - end of the semester, or just a survey about class projects. Also, the projected class screen will real-time show results of a quiz or survey (this can easily be hidden), and my students always liked that quick response. They also really enjoyed the "space race" part where students could team up to answer questions.
Takeaway: Good for an upper level classroom to get feedback and/or quiz & test. It's being used in my classroom this year.
As a teaching tool, Socrative is great for quizzing & testing, so what I like about it is that I can real-time get my tech savvy students applying their knowledge of our subject. Socrative doesn't teach the material; but, it's great for testing a student's knowledge of the material (because the teacher has to enter the material).
Overall, it's fairly simple to sign up and learn how to use. Every student has a "class" code that's used to login each time, and they become quick at the process. Because I time them, there's not much for a student long response - more short response type answers. I would like more diverse range in quiz types and/or group races. It would also be really fantastic if this could be linked into/embedded in Google Docs or Powerpoints, instead of logging in and out of the program separately.