EdTech Spotlight: Socrative Formative Assessment Tool

By Monica Burns 11.15.2015 blog

A variety of technology tools exist to make formative assessment a seamless part of everyday instruction. Socrative is a powerful formative assessment tool for students in one-to-one (1:1) or bring your own device (BYOD) environments where each student has access to a personal device connected to the Internet. It can also be used when students don’t always have access to the same device, or only have their own screen during a visit to the computer lab. When I visit schools that have adopted the 1:1 or BYOD models, teachers love to hear about Socrative because it offers an easy solution to the challenges of using technology in schools with inconsistent access to technology.

How does Socrative work?

Socrative is a free tool for students and teachers. Teachers create an account and are able to design quizzes ahead of time or event to share questions on the fly. Students use their personal device to access Socrative on the web or through their iOS or Android app.

Do students need individual logins?

No login is required for students, all they have to do is type in the unique room number assigned to every teacher account. The great thing about this room number is that is never changes, so students always use the same number to answer quiz questions for their teacher. Students enter their name before they start answering questions as opposed to logging in with a username and passwords. This makes it a great tool to use with large groups of students or just every once in awhile.

What type of questions can teachers ask?

Teachers can push out multiple choice questions that they’ve prepared ahead of time, replacing a pop quiz at the beginning or end of class. Teachers can also give students a blank space to answer a question, and teachers can use it as an exit slip. This is a nice choice for teachers who want to be more flexible and ask a question that is connected to how the day went.

How does Socrative organize data?

Socrative lets teachers view data in real time. As students are taking multiple choice questions, teachers will know which students submitted responses and who answered correctly. This lets teachers see who is rushing through questions or who is struggling to choose an answer. All of the responses are arranged in a spreadsheet, making it easy to get a full picture of each class’s understanding of a particular topic. This type of data analysis can help teachers decide if they will revisit a learning objective as a whole class or intervene to support a small group of students who need extra support.

Socrative’s website has more information on how their tool can be used for formative assessment. Have you tried Socrative? Share your experience in the comments below.

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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  1. Lilly

    Um no cause that’s why we have oxygen cause the trees

  2. Kayden Ennis

    Yes because it would save paper witch saves trees witch gives us air!We need the air to breath. 🙂

    • jackson

      he’s not joking 🙂

  3. Eliana

    i think yes cause this could change they way we take test, look at our assignments,and it could save paper instead of wasting paper

  4. Eliana

    I think yes, cause right now my school allows us to bring our own device, so we can take test and look up assignments that need to be done thanks to this tool.

  5. Corinne

    This seems like a great topic to write about and this is also a great thing to encourage other students about.

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