Are you using Socrative? An engaging tool to quiz student understanding

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Socrative: enquiry-based learning in action

Socrates (470-399 BC) would be pleased to see his philosophy of enquiry-based learning underpinning Socrative; the easy to use, quiz resource for teachers.

By using Socrative, you can test your students’ knowledge to gauge their current level, check ‘in-lesson’ concept learning, and add interaction to classes as students respond via their mobile device.

Invite Socratic methods into your teaching by signing up for Socrative and merge the ancient philosophy of Socrates with the modern technologies and devices that we use today.

Socrative: smart response system

Socrative is a smart ‘student response’ system. It allows you to engage with your students via a series of polls, quizzes and games that you design.

After setting a simple quiz you can give instant feedback, and track the students’ progress over a period of time. Students are able to access and answer the quizzes via their smart devices, either as part of the lesson or from home.

Socrative steps: how does it work?

Here is an example of Socrative in action;

Kitty is teaching a class on the history of philosophy. She wants to use a Socrative quiz to test the students knowledge at the beginning of the session, and then again at the end  to assess what the class have subsequently learnt.

Kitty logs into Socrative and sets up a quiz, or a virtual ‘room’ with multiple choice questions. She then gives the students the virtual socrativeroom number. The students go to www.socrative.com and type in the room number to enter the quiz room. They can do this via either the Socrative app, or their web browser.

From their device, the same quiz that is on the teaching screen will appear on each of the students’ devices.

Kitty teaches her history of philosophy class.

Towards the end of the class, Kitty relaunches the quiz and the students repeat the quiz.

Kitty can now compare the results from before and after her lesson and adjust future learning plans around the data.

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Students can respond via their mobile device

You can sign up to Socrative for free using your email address or Google mail account from either a computer or a mobile device. Once you have signed up, you can create quizzes which contain either multiple choice or short answer responses, and then select the correct responses. You can also choose to leave general feedback for the question, or feedback dependent on the student’s response.

What are the benefits of Socrative?

  • It has a very simple, straightforward app,
  • You can create games (team, races etc.) out of your questions,
  • Students can respond from wherever they are,
  • You don’t need hardware (e.g. no clickers),
  • Socrative is good for concept checking and gaining a feeling of class understanding before and after the lesson,
  • Results can be made immediately available to both the student and the tutor,
  • Socrative is free.

What are the cons?

  • There is a lack of question diversity; only multiple choice and single answer are available,
  • Socrative does not integrate with presentation software (e.g. PowerPoint).

Finally, exit tickets

An excellent feature for teachers is the Socrative ‘exit tickets’. Students can report what they have learnt, what they would like to learn Exit ticket Socrativemore of next time, and whether they enjoyed the lecture with just a flick of a key.

Second opinion

Socrative is a great tool. Don’t just take our word for it though. Here is Teacher and Learning Technologist Craig Wakefield’s opinion, with kind permission to republish.

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Socrative gets the thumbs up from Craig Wakefield

A comprehensive Socrative user guide is available for tutors who are new to using the service but would like to give it a try. If you would like support in using Socrative, please get in touch with your School Learning Technologist.

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creative commons licensed (BY-NC-SA) flickr photo by lentina_x

Thanks to @Craig_Wakefield for kind permission to publish his Tweet.

 

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