How I Use It
I use Socrative as one of my entrance or exit ticket activities with students in a 1:1 environment. I really like it as a mobile friendly application and activity so I encourage students to use their devices to answer so their computer or tablet is ready for the core activity of a lesson (usually logged on to our LMS Blackboard or Google Classroom). I post my room number on our whiteboard (or projector, but that is often prime real estate for learning material!) and then invite students to review past material, consider a new ideas or question, try out a pre-test of questions and/or provide feedback on material in terms of interest, understanding or fluency with material or new ways of thinking. The short answer question are great for considering new ideas, (easily viewed in the new chart view) and the multiple choice and T and F questions are great for student paced quizzes so that students can receive instant feedback for their responses. (They like instant gratification and so do I for quizzes!)
The recent update 2.0 allows teachers to view data as a chart in the dashboard which is really helpful as an educator for a quick scan of student results (https://twitter.com/anthonychuter/status/536646171658563584) and aids lesson planning and directs my individual assessment plans for my students. Overall, this app is such a useful tool to engage students using their mobile technology at the beginning and end of lessons. Although, I shy away from using the results in a formal setting with so many factors (not least sharability and ahem collaboration) but this is so useful as as formative or pre-assessment tool for me to check their understanding. This does not give me a comprehensive understanding of student achievement but useful as one important indicator of progress. The space race option is a collaborative aspect to the quiz builder where students are grouped by colour and then race to complete the quiz accurately as a group. Overall, Socrative is one of my #mlearning mobile friendly apps (My other favourites are poll everywhere, Today's Meet and kahoot.it) that I like to use to begin and/or end lessons. Even a simple exit ticket option, can be great for encouraging student response and feedback on a lesson.