Would Socrates like Socrative?

During my school’s adoption of a 1:1 iPad program this year, I have discovered several apps that have played significant roles in student learning and achievement. At the top of that list has been Socrative, a self proclaimed student/audience response system. It’s accessible through an app on the iPad as well as through the web. This tool allows you to create tests, quizzes, or polls for your students to respond to questions as a free response or multiple choice scenario. Once you’ve collected the information, you can email yourself a detailed report of the responses for each question by your students. I have used it to conduct tests and quizzes as well as to get feedback about classroom activies. The reports have allowed me to use exact student quotes as part of the grade reports and not just paraphrase their thoughts.

Socrative allows you to set the pace or let students work at their own pace, differentiating for ability and processing speeds. I have found that students like using the site, the interface is good and I found that students quickly adapt to the site. Socrative is a good way to get feedback that can be used to improve your teaching and help students become better learners. Play around with it and see what you think about it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.