I was reluctant to hop on to the Socrative train. For those of you unfamiliar with Socrative it is a clicker system that can be used on any device. I was hesitant about this tool because to say I’m not a fan of test-like items is an understatement. But then, on Saturday I attended the New England 1:1 Summit in Burlington, MA and Dan Callahan engaged his audience (me included) with this tool.
There is a lot to like about it!
- access on any device: iPod, iPad, PC, smartphone
- variety of question types: multiple choice, true/false, short answer
- students can work on their own, or teacher can lead the group
- you can prepare ahead of time, or go on the fly
- you can set it up to have just 1 right answer for immediate feedback
- download reports, view live stats
- play as a game, set up exit tickets
- can see how many have and/or who has responded
Here are some possible ways I can see myself (an anti-tester) using it
- a check-in
- workshop wrap-up
- an activity reporting tool (I used it this way today when working with Starbursts to determine area)
- collaborative notebook ~ collect students’ thinking during an experiment or other inquiry
Below is the wrap-up activity the students did after using Socrative as the reporting tool. They had to report the area in Socrative and share a picture of it on Twitter. The self-checking activity that I set up in Socrative allowed for the kiddos to independently share out their own on Twitter.