First introduced by Annie Krespil during the “An Old Story Made New” conference, this online system seemed to be a key element for creating a strong environment for active participation in the classroom. The way she introduced Socrative to us made it seem as if it was the solution we were all waiting for to rev up the traditional classroom setting. She stated that Socrative allowed her to accomplish more in her classroom, taking less time to do so.
Before continuing on the matter, I think we need to cover something essentiel;
What is Socrative?
Named in honor of the great greek philosopher, Socrative is a smart student response system that allows teachers to engage their classroom through various exercises. This system follows the socratic method in which a form of discussion between individuals is created by asking and answering questions. This serves to create and stimulate critical thinking among the participants. Its purpose is to develop the participant’s communication skills. This is exactly why Socrative offers a variety of exercises and quizzes for the teacher to challenge his or her classroom. It allows the students to instantly respond to questions displayed by their instructor. Their responses are instantly displayed (anonymously) in a chart form. Teachers can use this feedback to guide their instruction, and to re-emphasize content areas that are troubling the students.
Teachers and students must download the Socrative application. By logging into their online classroom, students then have access to the exercises and quizzes made by their teacher.
These educational exercises are available through smartphones, laptops and tablets. This means, students can answer the teacher’s question with their smartphones or their own personal laptop. What a neat way to modernize your class by introducing technology in the classroom!
If you would like a glimpse of what Socrative looks like, check this video out!
Surfing the internet, I found 13 interesting ways Bradley Lands of The Landscape of Learning uses Socrative:
- True or False Questions
- Multiple Choice Questions
- Short Response
- Visual Data (Bar graphs and visual short responses)
- Exit Ticket
- Create Short Quizzes
- Upload Premade Quizzes
- Collect Background Knowledge
- Quick Check for Understanding
- Voting on best responses
All these activities would be easily applicable to an ESL classroom environment!
Among the many different aspects of Socrative, one that is very interesting is the “Exit tickets“.
Basically, this is a mini quiz that students must fill out before quitting Socrative. The neat thing about this option is that it allows teachers to verify if students understood today’s material or not. It is a good way for teachers to monitor if the class material was generally understood by all or if it is something that should be revised again in class. It is a good way to get feedback on the feelings of the students on their understanding. It also is a good way for students (who could be too to do so) to ask for extra material or extra help concerning a specific aspect of today’s class. It is less intimidating to write a message online than going to ask the teacher for help at the front of the class. Let’s face it, “exit tickets” are just one of the many wonderful tools for teachers that are available through this online system that is Socrative!
Why should you use socrative in the classroom?
Need more reasons to use Socrative in your classroom? Here is a list!
- Easily access your students level of comprehension
- Raise the level of participation in your classroom through the competitive “clicker quizzes” (turn your students smartphones into clickers like in quizzes on television)
- Use socrative to poll your classroom. It is a quick and easy way to get feedback from all your students at once.
- Cut down paper! You can have your quizzes and evaluations online. Therefore, you get to go green and cut on the usage of paper in your classroom.
- Less room for cheating! Each students works on a question at a time. This way, it is less possible for students to cheat off someone else. Each students does not have the same speed rate and they won’t all be on the same page at the same time. It is easier to monitor if someone is looking at someone else’s screen than traditional paper exams.
- Allows the teacher to circulate more in the classroom. You can set up various teams in the classroom and assign them various quizzes and activities online. This way, the teacher can then circulate from one team to the other. This enables the teacher to concentrate his or her attention on a smaller group of students at once. Therefore, this makes it easier for the teacher to create a deeper interaction with his or her students.
If you would like more information, check this Socrative PDF guide.