Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
Socrative gives teachers a virtual room in which they gather responses from students. Students sign into a teacher's virtual room by simply visiting the Socrative website and entering the room number distributed by the teacher.
It provides a similar end user experience to that of the SMART Response System or MyChoice Clicker. The difference with Socrative is that students can use web-enabled devices as their buzzers and input device. We tested the system with iPads, iPod Touches, and iPhones. The interaction between the teacher created questions and student responses was fast and clean. Teachers can create individual questions, quizzes, and polls. The creation of questions is stunningly easy to use and the steps are easy to explain to teachers.
Its so Simple
Teachers login through their device (Mobile device or Laptop computer) and select an activity which controls the flow of questions and games. Students simply login with their device and interact real time with the content.
Quick and Easy Assessment
Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and Short Answer questions. For pre-planned activities a teacher can view reports online as a google spreadsheet or as an emailed Excel file.
Space Race & Exit Ticket
The system is appropriate for almost any grade level. Teachers have access to live results and can see how students are progressing instantly. Teachers can even create questions for students to answer during a "Space Race" where students answer as individuals or part of a team and try to finish the race first. Socrative also features "Exit Ticket" for quick end-of-class assessment of student understanding. Teachers can send follow-up activities to gage student comprehension.
A space race is a competitive format for quizzes. Space race can be played as a team or individual activity. Each correct answer moves a rocket ship across the screen.
An Exit Ticket is a quick check exercise that takes place in the last five minutes of your class. With Socrative, you can decide before class or in the moment what you would like to capture. Even better, you won't end up with a pile of papers that stare at you all afternoon to be corrected and don't get enough attention to impact change in practice.
Exit Tickets provide you an opportunity to take a snap shot of students :
- Current understanding of key concepts
- Feelings about their understanding, i.e. critical evaluation of their own learning
- Lingering questions
- Preference for methods of content delivery, eg group discovery, videos, teacher led presentation
- Requests for support exercises
- Attitude towards class
Socrative is an impressive free application that serves as an important pieces in the 1:1 classroom as well as a great alternative to expensive classroom response systems. Clearly, the best feature of Socrative is ease of use for students and teachers.