Socrative is marketed as a “student engagment” and “instant assessment” e-clicker device which runs off ANY web browser (on your laptop, smartphone, iPod, iPad, etc).
It enables teachers to quickly and easily set up short multiple choice / short-answer / quiz assessment activities, which students respond to using their own devices. Student responses are collated, and displayed on the classroom screen or emailed to the teacher.
According to educational research by deJong and Lane et.al (2009), many students and teachers find “clickers” extremely engaging, so Socrative may well be worth experimenting with (depending on your preferred teaching approach). It is a cheaper alternative to traditional (hardware) clicker response systems.
For: Students, Teachers (in 1:1 or BYOD classrooms), University Lecturers
Cost: Currently Free (Requires Teacher Registration)
Requires Wi-Fi: Yes
- Instant assessment / feedback
- Polling in Class, Lectures, Conference presentations
- Socrative – How it Works
- Socrative Blog
- Using Socrative app for iPad – Assessment for learning the fun way!
- I’m no Socrates, but Socrative makes me think
- The Teachers’ Guide to Polling in the Classroom
- Optimising Personal Audience Response Systems (deJong,T., Lane,J., Sharp,S. & Kershaw, P. Hersa, 2009)
- Clickers in the Classroom: An Active Learning Approach
- Classroom Response Systems (“Clickers”)