Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Socrative

Every time I do something new in the classroom, I think about what I'm going to write on my blog. Then life gets in the way. I've got some topics saved up that I hope to write about this weekend, but tonight I'll keep it short and sweet. 

This week I started using an application similar to Kahoot, but with some very admirable differences. The application is called Socrative. You make a free account on www.socrative.com. You will have to enter your role and your school, but that doesn't seem like a big deal to me. Our learners' iPads already had the app for Socrative loaded, so I'm not sure what the qualifications are for other districts.




Once you've made an account, then I would suggest changing your room name to something familiar to your children. You can change it under settings, They will enter the room name every time they get on Socrative to take a quiz, complete an exit ticket, or take a poll that you have assigned them. My room name is my last name and room number. 

You can even import quizzes other teachers have created.
Here are some I've made that you can import and test out in your classroom:

weight and capacity: SOC-21777367
shapes: SOC-21777031
area: SOC-21780730
ecosystems: SOC-21866188

Once your learners are logged into the quiz you want them to take, then they can enter their names. You can randomize the questions and the answers. It's different than Kahoot in that way because your learners can't look at each others screen. I've seen the shifty eyes during Kahoot. 

Another difference is that there isn't a time limit for each question. The learners can take their time reading the questions and choosing an answer. 

The thing I love the most about Socrative is the feedback aspect. When all your learners have completed the quiz and you click the finish button, you have the options to download and view charts for each learner. This shows which questions they missed and what they chose. You can also download an excel spreadsheet that breaks it up. I have been using this feedback to guide my stations and tasks for my learners. The following day they will have differentiated tasks determined from what topics they still need more experiences with. I also have a time with teacher that I can pull groups and there doesn't have to be a time limit. I always struggle with that when I do rotations.

My learners have developed into more independent and self sufficient learners, so I am able to do this now toward the end of the year. I don't think I would have used the data in the same way at the beginning of the year, but I still would use it. 

I've only scratched the surface of benefits and activities Socrative has to offer. I would encourage you to jump right in and discover new things while you do.