How I Use It
I use Socrative in several different ways. First, it is a great tool to get an immediate pulse on student comprehension and comfort with a certain skill or concept. Rather than calling on students or asking a class if they are ready to move on, I can do a quick poll and determine who and/or how many of my students need deeper clarification. Second, it is a great tool for deeper formative assessment. In class, I can ask a question verbally, show it on the interactive whiteboard and students answer. I can immediately tell who needs more guidance, and offer whole class or individualized support. Finally, my students truly enjoy the game mode, where they are working on a Jeopardy type of game, where all students get points, and the first correct answer is double. It's a wonderful, and anonymous way for students to show what they know, and as a review of skills, can help me target who may need clarification of misunderstandings.
I truly think Socrative is an excellent tool. It's one missing component is the drawing tool. If they were able to add that, as well as some math type, this would be even more perfect for my classroom. That being said, for ease of use, and student engagement it has been a total win.