Socrative: A New Student Response System

Do you like the idea of exit slips, but don’t have time to grade them all outside of class? Do you find yourself wondering whether or not students caught the main point of your lecture? Do you wish you could go paperless for quizzes and other activities or even just reduce the amount of paper you use? Do you want to engage your students more with your lessons?

Well, if your students have smartphones, tablets, or computers in class, then Socrative can help you out. Socrative is free! I registered from my desktop in 30 seconds by entering my e-mail address and a password and then downloaded both the student and teacher versions of the app onto my iPad to test the system out. I was amazed at how easy everything was, and the possibilities really seem endless.

Maybe you have seen or heard of student response systems where instructors are able to request information or ask questions in class, and students use clickers to submit responses immediately. Socrative is just like that, except that your school does not need to invest in a whole new system because students are able to just use their smart phones, tablets, or computers.

Once logged in as a teacher, choose “quiz,” “quick question,” “space race,” or “exit ticket.” Students get to your questions by entering a room name. As soon as you pose a question, students can access it from their devices and their responses will update automatically on your device. It is a great way to see if the majority of the class is paying attention and helps engage them more fully with the material because they can check their understanding and get feedback right away. Socrative is a great option for quizzes, too, because you can randomize the questions, making cheating impossible.

If you have not tried it before, try Socrative today. I probably heard people recommend it three or four times before I finally got myself over to their website, and now I am kicking myself for not getting started with it earlier.

How will you use Socrative in your classroom? Or how have you already? Please share!

About Tara Arntsen

Tara Arntsen
Tara Arntsen recently completed her Master's degree in Teaching-TESOL at the University of Southern California. She currently teaches in the Intensive English Program at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. She has taught ESOL in China, Japan, and Cambodia as well as online. Her primary interests are communicative teaching methods and the use of technology in education.
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