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Socrative

Tailor-made online quizzes can challenge if teachers put in the work

  • The teacher dashboard presents a variety of polling and quizzing options.

  • Teachers can have Socrative provide students feedback during the quiz.

  • Quiz management is simple.

  • Account creation takes just a minute or so.

  • A student's view of a single-answer activity.

Quick Take
Pros: Lets teachers immediately gauge student learning, instantly respond, or give students instant access to peer ideas.
Cons: In the absence of careful planning and responsive teaching, Socrative is simply an online quiz tool: You get what you give.
Bottom Line: This powerful student response system has the potential to support truly responsive teaching.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The potential here is for a student to gain instant feedback or to have instant access to the whole class's ideas about a question or topic. Instant polling encourages all students with the opportunity to participate.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Socrative can support highly responsive instruction, but the tool itself doesn’t guarantee responsiveness. Teachers can incorporate instant polling and data collection into instruction and to create and assign self-grading quizzes.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 2

Teachers can design supportive learning activities with this tool at the center. Since the tool is so flexible, the key variable is the design of the quiz or poll.

Our Review
What's It Like?

Socrative is a simple, dynamic online student response system that can help teachers spark conversation and learning through user-created polls and quizzes.

With this free, cloud-based software, teachers direct students to a Web address, where they log in their answers. Via single-response polling, students' answers register immediately on the teacher’s computer as the students submit their responses on most any device. Teachers can display the class's responses to multiple-choice, true/false, or short-answer questions. In addition to polling students on a single question, teachers can also create longer quizzes, which the software grades. Teachers can choose to let students see instantly whether their answer was correct, or they can provide an explanation in response to incorrect answers.

Is It Good For Learning?

For a free tool, the software is simple and flexible, and best of all, it works on most any Web- or app-enabled device. Collected and displayed instantly, student answers can become fertile fodder for peer-to-peer discussion and group problem-solving. However, in the same way a great car does not ensure that the driver will drive responsibly, a robust polling system is no guarantee of strong teaching or improved learning. Socrative is a flexible, free tool that gives teachers the option to create quality quiz-type content, if they're willing to put in the work.

A digital polling or quizzing tool like Socrative can also help a quiz-happy teacher go paperless and realize the dream of computer grading. Great for that teacher; not necessarily great for education or student learning. A more important benefit of this kind of digital polling and quizzing is the potential for teachers to collect information instantly and provide kids instant feedback.

How Can Teachers Use It?

You can create quizzes in Microsoft Excel using a template or import quizzes shared by a colleague in Socrative. Once a quiz is created, you can then administer it at a controlled pace or allow students to go at their own pace. If you want to provide immediate feedback, including explanations for wrong answers, there's an option to do so.  Quiz results land in an Excel spreadsheet, which you can can download or receive via email.

Watch this video to see more ways you can use Socrative:

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