Today’s guest bloggers are Nicole Stulak, Michelle Curcio and Lois Grasso; they are all instructional and/or technology coaches within the Downingtown Area School District.
by Nicole Stulak, Michelle Curio, and Lois Grasso
Student engagement and formative assessment come together seamlessly with Socrative, a FREE, user-friendly, dynamic response system that receives high accolades from educators.
Since being developed in 2010 Socrative has captured classroom audiences young and old. Students love the ease-of-use and instant feedback they receive as they “show what they know,” while teachers enjoy being able to easily inform their instruction through this cloud based educational technology tool.
Socrative can be used with an entire class, in a small group setting or in a variety of other ways:
- Flipped classroom activity
- Introduce a topic
- Activate prior knowledge
- Post-reading discussion questions
- Formative assessment checkpoints
- Quick student polls
- Exit tickets
- Review games
- Competitive team “space race” (for a touch of gamification)
Teachers can create their own quizzes, questions, exit tickets and polls. However, having the ability to import quizzes from another teacher or from an Excel spreadsheet has proven to be quite the time saver!
An exciting new feature of Socrative allows teachers to include pictures as part of their questioning. This offers the opportunity to ask questions about diagrams, charts, and any other image that is uploaded.
Socrative allows teachers to gather quick baseline data and receive optimized reporting to inform and help differentiate their instruction. Quiz results can be immediately downloaded to Excel, exported to Google Drive, emailed, or run as individualized reports which results in PDF’s being created for each student (similar to a graded “quiz”).
Socrative works with every browser including Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer, and can be accessed from any Web Enabled device, including Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops and Desktops.
For example, Nicole has been able to introduce Socrative to teachers of our youngest learners, but most especially in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. She and a teacher used the “Quick Question” feature to have her students anonymously respond to a follow-up homework question about long division: “Looking at last night’s homework, what problem gave you the most trouble and why?”
Another teacher wanted to see how she could deliver a “Space Race” for a short grammar quiz. Together she and Nicole created a short 5 question formative quiz, which her students loved! One student remarked how it was similar to Kahoot, but “cooler” with the rocket race. A little gamification with Socrative can go a long way! Here are some more resources:
10 Ways of Using Socrative by Nick Acton via Learning Inspired
A comprehensive Socrative tutorial via YouTube
How To Use The New Features of Socrative
Directions on importing quizzes to Socrative