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.
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.
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.
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