Are you looking for an easy way to increase engagement and interaction with your students? Were you discouraged by the learning curve of student response systems "clickers"? Socrative is a great way to leverage the power of student responses and use the live, real time data to inform instruction. Setup is easy, and responses can be gathered across a multitude of platforms (web, mobile, iOS, Android).
You can choose to setup everything about Socrative either through a web browser (use the teacher login on www.socrative.com) or the Teacher app on your mobile device.
The functionality is essentially the same, so I'd recommend going with whatever feels more comfortable and is more convenient.
If you don't have an account created, you'll need to Sign Up for a free account. Once your account is created, use your email and password to login.
TIP: To test Socrative in action, you'll need two "devices". This could easily be done using a mobile device and/or even another web browser or incognito window if using Google Chrome.
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If you have an account already, log into Socrative. If not, please sign up and then login.
Make a note of your Room Number. This is how you will test and this is how your students will enter any of your activities. They will not need a separate account or login credentials.
TIP: Take note of the number of students in your room, and if in a classroom, you can check to see if all of your students have successfully joined. In a large presentation environment, you can make a mental note of the starting number in order to get a sense of when to move forward in teacher led sessions.
For Quizzes, you have the ability to pre-design your questions and then deploy them as a Student Paced or Teacher Paced Quiz.
In more detail:
Student Paced Quiz: Students enter name, answer questions (one at a time, at their own pace), teacher can get live results (#correct and question progress)
Teacher Paced Quiz: Students enter name, answer questions (teacher advances each question for the class), teacher can get live results for display
Options: Randomize answer choices, disabling immediate feedback (whether students see correct/incorrect), hiding question explanations (customizable feedback that can be displayed after each question)
Exit Ticket - just another quiz option - there's a preset Exit Ticket format as an example.
Space Race - This is a very fun and engaging way to deploy your quizzes. You can choose the number of teams, auto assign or have students pick colors, then student paced answering of questions determines how "fast" each spaceship proceeds.
TIP: If you are interested in generating discussion on which answers are "correct", the disabling or hiding of feedback and/or explanations option might be useful.
Socrative comes with a demo quiz already created. Try running this quiz as student paced and teacher paced to see the difference. Remember that you will need two devices (mobile app, browser, new incognito window) to see the effects of the activity in real time.
Socrative allows you to share your quizzes easily with other users using a SOC number. There is also an Excel template upload option.
Try sharing your Quiz with another teacher or try creating a new quiz using the Excel template (only recommended if you already have a large amount of questions/answer choices that you don't wish to retype).