Socrative: Gaining Insight Into Student Learning
“I love exit tickets!”, said no teacher ever. Let’s be honest: perfectly timing the collection of all those little slips is nearly impossible at the end of a lesson, and let’s not even talk about reading them all at the end of the day and making sense of them! Asking an authentic, in-the-moment question for formative assessment at the end of the lesson is, in theory, a great way to gain insight into student learning, but accomplishing this task electronically with an easy app can eliminate the logistical nightmare of paper passing.
The best news is that Socrative is so much more than an exit ticket! It’s like a one-stop mini-mart for many of your assessment needs. It’s a versatile and user-friendly classroom app that allows teachers to gather immediate feedback on what students understand (or not). It not only allows for prepared quizzes and assessments but it accommodates “in-the-moment” or “on-the-fly” questions as well.
One of my favorite aspects of this app is how easy it is for teachers to sign up (free, with an optional paid pro-version) and especially how accessible it is for students to use right away (literally two clicks). Socrative has taken the tedium out of creating accounts for students and teachers alike. Teachers simply create a “room name”, students go to m.socrative, join the room and they’re up and running (with phones, Ipads or Chromebooks).
From here, there are so many options!
Do you want:
A prepared student-paced quiz?
A prepared teacher-paced quiz?
True/false, multiple-choice, short answers?
A “space race” with teams (even high school kids love this one!)?
An “on-the-fly” quick question?
An in-the-moment exit ticket?
There truly are so many user-friendly options! The results are collected into a printable spreadsheet which is conveniently downloaded or emailed to you. Voila! You have authentic, immediate insight into your students’ understanding of the lesson.
I’ve used this app extensively with my English Learners. One of my favorite features of Socrative is the “Short Answer” option. I ask students to work in pairs to write a claim about a particular topic, which they submit through Socrative. Their submissions are displayed anonymously on the screen. Then, together as a class, we are able to view, critique, analyze and “vote” on the strongest claims while minimizing the affective filter for the most reticent learners.
Socrative is a teacher’s best friend when it comes to formative assessment, and students appreciate the novelty of a unique type of testing.