How I Use It
I generally will use Socrative to put together a set of review questions before a quiz or a test. I set the quiz to give students immediate feedback on their responses so that they can quickly understand what ideas and concepts they need to focus on in their studying. I want to note here that there are a few different options for using Socrative - you can do a quick class poll, a larger quiz, or a free response. There is a "space race" option as well - it is supposed to be a kind of game. But I'm going to be honest and say that even though I have tried this with several groups of students, we have never been able to understand how it is scored or how it is supposed to be used. The spaceships seem to move across the screen somewhat randomly.
I really enjoy using Socrative in my classroom. It allows me to put together my own set of review or practice questions and individually assess - in real time - how my students are understanding the material. The ability to receive Excel Spreadsheets after a lesson has completed is a real bonus. When you get these, they are color coded which allows you to quickly see whether a particular student is having lots of trouble - or whether many students are were struggling with a specific concept on the review. You need to be willing to learn how to use the system and then put in the time to set up each review session individually. The good news, though, is that the system saves each assessment so that you can use it again and again - or share it with other members of your team. Sometimes it can be a bit quirky and it is difficult for students to go back and change their answers (I understand that this may be changing in the forthcoming Socrative 2.0), so I would never feel comfortable using this for a graded assessment. This is for snapshot practice only, in my opinion.