How I Use It
Socrative offers single question activities and quiz-based activities. I like the idea of single questions for things like exit tickets (show what you know before you leave the room), but found it was not time effective for everyone to get out their devices just to answer one question. (I think I could make it work, but it would take a lot more rehearsing with the students in order to be more efficient.) I prefer the quiz-based activities with multiple questions.
This is a great app to use in social studies. I'm transitioning my unit tests from being mostly fact-recall to questions requiring synthesis and examination. Socrative allows me to quickly check if students are getting "the basics" (the facts) as we go and so I feel more comfortable having fewer multiple choice/true false questions on my unit tests.
Socrative allows teachers to share quizzes. I've found this to be a great time saver as my partner teachers and I can each take responsibility for creating different social studies quizzes and share them. I love being able to divide up the workload.
If you are going to use this app, I recommend downloading both the teacher and student apps. Then you can experiment/explore with another teacher. One of you can be the teacher and create a quiz while the other can be a student and try taking it. This way you can become familiar with both sides of the program and experiment with question writing BEFORE you use the app with students.
Instead of groaning about quizzes/exit tickets, students are excited to whip out their devices and "play."
I always e-mail myself the quiz results so I can refer back to them as needed. You can retrieve previous quiz reports from the Socrative App, but I like being able to manipulate the information as I need.
I haven't used the "Space Race" (quiz game) yet, but I hope to this year.
Great for quick quizzes and exit tickets (getting a snapshot of what your students understand before they leave the classroom for the day). Since they get to use an iPad, phone, etc., students actually enjoy taking quizzes. I appreciate the immediate feedback. This can be challenging to use if all students don't have access to a "device" (iPad, phone, etc.), but they are often willing to share with each other.