How I Use It
I use it in my literature class to do quick reading quizzes and EOCT prep. Students love being able to compete with each other. This isn't spectacular for higher-level learning, but it's a simple and fun way to integrate technology and break up the typical tedium.
In my classroom, I have a QR code on the board that kids can click which takes them directly to Socrative.com. Below the QR code is our classroom number. I particularly love that Socrative does not require students to maintain a profile, log in, or put in any personal information whatsoever, aside from their name. (It can even be a nickname - "The Batman" is a frequent choice for my students!) Working in an alternative school, our population is very fluid, so this is a fantastic point for my class.
Socrative makes it easy to build your own quizzes. There is no character limit as there is with other quizzes, which is very useful as my class is Literature and many of our EOCT prep questions are text-based.
I typically use the same short quiz as a pre- and post-test in lessons. It allows me to see what foreknowledge students have of the content, what I should emphasize, and then check for basic understanding at the end of the lesson. It does not lend itself well to higher-level learning, since it is a multiple-choice/.true or false format; however, it is highly effective at checking for understanding based on skills.
Socrative is excellent, particularly for MS/HS, as students can use their smartphones to interface with the content. Socrative is also a great way to get your feet wet in regards to Bring Your Own Technology initiatives.