Welcome to this week’s blog post! The semester is almost over, but I still have two more tools to discuss with you first.
This week, we will learn more about Socrative (find it here). A few weeks ago, I talked about Kahoot!, a website where you can create online quizzes. Socrative is a similar tool.
Socrative is a free tool available online. It gives instant feedback, allows teachers to have personalized content, creates reports and is compatible with any device or browser (find all the apps here). The EdShelf website describes it like so: Socrative brings smart clickers, student response and ease of use to a whole new level.
The first thing you need to do is create an account. You can do so as a teacher. When you get on the website, you can login as a teacher or as a student. You only need an email address. Your students only have to enter the room number, which is written at the top of your page to connect with you.
Once you are in your account, you get to your dashboard. You have the following options: start a quiz, quick question, space rate or exit ticket. The space rate is a space where your students can compete in teams. You first select a quiz, the number of teams, either auto-assign teams or students-select teams and finally, chose the avatar (e.g.: rocket, bee, unicorn, etc.). First team to get their rocket across the screen wins.
On the left hand corner, you can click on Manage Quizzes. You can create quizzes, import a quiz, see all your quizzes and have reports. Creating quizzes is really easy:
- Name your quiz;
- Chose to share the quiz or not publicly;
- Add questions;
- Multiple choice;
- Short answer;
- Save and exit.
In ‘Manage Quizzes’, you can also go and see all the quizzes that you have created. When you click on one of your quizzes, you can duplicate, edit, download or edit that quiz. I thought that the downloading option was interesting, because if your students do not have access to computers or mobile devices in class, you can print the quizzes and have your students do it. The format is really interesting.
For ESL teachers, Socrative is a great tool. The EdShelf website explains that it »engage the entire classroom with educational exercises and games while capturing student results in real-time. Interact with the data to further student understanding in the moment, and review the reports to prepare for future classes. » Moreover, the Common Sense Graphite Website points out the many advantages of Socrative. First, teachers immediately gauge student learning. Also, teachers can choose to let students see instantly whether their answer was correct, or they can provide an explanation in response to incorrect answers. Quizzes can be created in Microsoft Excel using a template or import quizzes shared by a colleague in Socrative. The quiz results can be consulted in an Excel spreadsheet, which can be downloaded or received via email. The Ed Tech Review Website talks more about the Exit Ticket, which is a great feature of Socrative. Teachers can use it to get the students’ response or feedback by asking questions and all the tickets are submitted online for teachers to consult. Furthermore, as the Free Technology for Teachers mentions it, Socrative can be used by students of all levels. Students at the elementary level can easily understand how Socrative works. Students and teachers can learn how to manage the tool without any major problems.
The faculty Focus Website brings out something that teachers have to think about when they let their students use their mobile devices in class: »one challenge for anyone wishing to use Socrative and that is managing students’ use of their personal portable devices. » I think that it is important to explain to students how they should use their mobile devices in class.
ESL teachers can create quizzes about things that they have taught in class or on general knowledge questions for the space rate activity for example. It can motivate students to use other tools. I like the interaction between the students and the teacher. It can become a special activity that is done once a week, or as a review at the end of a chapter. There are many possibilities to integrate Socrative into our teaching.
Let me know in the comment section which is your favorite: Kahoot! or Socrative. In my opinion, I think that Socrative is better is some ways. I think it looks a little more professional for teachers.
Thanks for reading this week’s blog post and I will see you next week with the last blog article of the semester.