My New Favorite Web Tool - Socrative
I believe I have stated before that my teaching situation is unique. I teach at a very rural school, with limited technology. There is also not a lot of teachers that desire technology in their classroom here. Because of this situation, I am able to park our lone mobile lab of 20 computers in my classroom. So far, no one has expressed an interest in driving it to their room.
So my kids have their own laptop, all day long. I realize this does not always happen, and I am grateful for it. Well, since my kids all have a computer, we get to do some pretty cool stuff.
The latest tool we have been using is Socrative. I believe it is still in some form of beta, as you have to sign up and some people have expressed that they have not been given access.
After signing up, Socrative gives you a space for you to interact with your kids in a secure room. You can set up questions for them to answer in the form of short answer, multiple choice, and a few others choices. This website actually removes the need for a classroom response system. (Woohoo since we are never affording that!)
So far we have used the site as a place to conduct our spelling bee, answer group questions for social studies, and do math problems together. To allow my kids to be anonymous, I have given them a number from 1-21 to include with their answer. This allows me to know who answered what, and without the other kids making fun of their answers. After the kids respond, I can project all the answers up on the big screen.
After you have signed up Socrative will give you two links. One will be for the teacher, and the other link will be for the kids. A great feature is that the kids must sign into the room, and you get to keep the same room. Another great feature is that you can create pre-made quizzes that you can load up for the kids. It would be great to see a hub form where teachers can save and share quizzes they have made.
Review by: Lynn Clegg, a technology instructional coach at St. John's High School in Charleston, South Carolina
Socrative is a web-based smart student response system that teachers can use with computers or mobile devices. The teacher presents a multiple choice true/false or short answer question to the class and the students use electronic devices to answer. Multiple choice and true/false results are displayed as a bar chart for class discussion. On short answer questions, once students have submitted their responses the class can vote for their favorite answer.
The teacher can also create a quiz from the teacher app or import an existing quiz from the excel template and administer it in either student paced or teacher paced mode. Quiz questions will appear one at a time on the students’ device. Once the teacher ends the activity the results are saved to a spreadsheet which can be either downloaded to a computer or emailed to the address used when the teacher registered.