Create a List

List Name

Rename this List
Save to
Back to the Top Teaching Blog
April 20, 2012

Discover Socrative — The Free Student Response System

By Stacey Burt
Grades 3–5, 6–8

    Student response systems have been making a big splash in classrooms around the nation for a while. As you know, they provide teachers instant feedback on learning gains and student retention of material. But the reports also provide students with the opportunity to know how well they are retaining material and the concepts being taught.

     

    Introducing Socrative

    While many companies offer these devices to use with whiteboards or LCD projectors, the price can be a bit discouraging. Make way for the app Socrative. It is a FREE application that allows educators to create quizzes for use not only with laptops, but also smart phones and tablets.

    This student response system helps teachers to create engaging alternatives to paper and pencil assessments and generates reports in the form of an Excel file or an online Google spreadsheet. Additionally, you can offer students the opportunity to respond to exit tickets, another great way to assess students’ understanding of the material being taught.

    The primary advantage to utilizing a student response system such as Socrative is that the data is provided in real time. No calculating or grading, reserving more time for differentiating material and pushing concepts deeper, or providing more time for planning remediation. My students adore the lessons in which I incorporate this method of assessment. For our digital natives, this is a smarter way to work.

    For more on using student response systems in the classroom, see Jeremy Rinkel's post "Four Reasons I Enjoy Using Student Response Systems for Vocabulary Building" and "Technology Roll Call" by Megan Power. 

    Log on to Socrative, and give it a shot. It is totally free and extremely user friendly. The tutorial is straightforward and not time consuming at all. Best of luck. I know you all will enjoy this app, if you aren’t already!

    Best,
    Stacey

    Student response systems have been making a big splash in classrooms around the nation for a while. As you know, they provide teachers instant feedback on learning gains and student retention of material. But the reports also provide students with the opportunity to know how well they are retaining material and the concepts being taught.

     

    Introducing Socrative

    While many companies offer these devices to use with whiteboards or LCD projectors, the price can be a bit discouraging. Make way for the app Socrative. It is a FREE application that allows educators to create quizzes for use not only with laptops, but also smart phones and tablets.

    This student response system helps teachers to create engaging alternatives to paper and pencil assessments and generates reports in the form of an Excel file or an online Google spreadsheet. Additionally, you can offer students the opportunity to respond to exit tickets, another great way to assess students’ understanding of the material being taught.

    The primary advantage to utilizing a student response system such as Socrative is that the data is provided in real time. No calculating or grading, reserving more time for differentiating material and pushing concepts deeper, or providing more time for planning remediation. My students adore the lessons in which I incorporate this method of assessment. For our digital natives, this is a smarter way to work.

    For more on using student response systems in the classroom, see Jeremy Rinkel's post "Four Reasons I Enjoy Using Student Response Systems for Vocabulary Building" and "Technology Roll Call" by Megan Power. 

    Log on to Socrative, and give it a shot. It is totally free and extremely user friendly. The tutorial is straightforward and not time consuming at all. Best of luck. I know you all will enjoy this app, if you aren’t already!

    Best,
    Stacey

Comments

Share your ideas about this article

Stacey's Most Recent Posts
Blog Post
"Unboxing" Creative Potential: An Activity for Digital Natives

Grab the attention of digital natives by speaking their language. Explore ways to reach these students by creating "unboxing" videos to introduce a topic or check for understanding across all content areas. 

By Stacey Burt
October 18, 2016
Blog Post
The Power of Interest and Independent Study

Scholastic Printables has a great, free Student Interest Survey. It provides insight into my learners, gives me instant conversation starters, and drives my planning. Read on for tips for using student high interest topics to fuel independent study.

By Stacey Burt
October 5, 2016
Blog Post
The Big Send-Off — Lessons Beyond the Classroom
For many of you, what your students do outside of your classroom may also cross your mind. You follow their successes and sometimes their disasters. You celebrate and mourn with them over decisions they make that mold the young people they are becoming. This year, however, I was deeply impacted by what one of my students taught me. Read on to learn about this remarkable girl.
By Stacey Burt
May 18, 2012
Blog Post
State Test Prep, "Pi Games"-Style

Survey any 6th grade class in the nation and I am positive they will all agree that The Hunger Games series is awesome. This title has so affected my students that when the final rounds of classroom test prepping came up, we decided to create an event that would include both 5th and 6th grades in high-interest math review, and voila, the first annual Pi Games were born.

By Stacey Burt
May 4, 2012
My Scholastic

Susan Cheyney

GRADES: 1-2
About Us