Socrative has been one of my favorite websites to use this past semester. You can set up a free account, which allows you, as the teacher, to create educational activities for your students. Students can do these activities during class in real time using tablets, laptops and smartphones. This website is a great tool for quick assessments that provide you with good feedback on how the students are doing. The assessments that you can develop include quizzes, and the “Space Race” activity. Also, getting students to log on to Socrative in class is easy. All they have to do is put in an access code and they can start. No other registration needed, though they can make a student account if they would like to.
Making a quiz is very straightforward and manageable. You can choose options for each question – multiple choice, true/false or short answer, and you can include visuals in each question too. Once you input the questions, you save it and then can assign the quiz to your students in class. The quiz can be student paced, answering the questions and submitting the answers on their own, or teacher paced, where the teacher goes one question at a time, checking answers to a question as the students submit responses and then assigning the next question for all the students at the same time.
If you have a chance, try out a Quiz and Space Race. Adult students tend to love games just as much as younger learners, and this is no exception, especially since they can use personal electronic devices or classroom laptops/tablets to participate, and they can get instant feedback on how they did. In addition, the site’s ease of use for teachers to create the quizzes and ease of use for students to log on and do the activities make Socrative a fun and useful tool.
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