Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Okay, so we tried Socrative, and I love the way it gives feedback immediately. As my students answered the questions, I could see their progress on my phone. Once they finished, I had it email me a report. I got the email almost immediately, and I was able to answer their questions about the class based on the report. In fact, we go so carried away with a Common Core discussion (based on one of the questions) that we never got back to how to use this in their classes. Next time...

On another note, I shared this idea with a colleague today, and she is going to try it with a multiple choice quiz. It will tell you immediately how many questions the student is missing as they answer them. It does not tell you in the immediate feedback which questions they are, but you can get a general idea of whether or not they are getting the concept immediately. I am curious to know what the report of a multiple choice test would look like, so if anyone out there knows, fill me in. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

As I was home over the Easter break, my brother had me download Socrative to my iPhone. I had not seen this particular app before, but I immediately decided I would try to work it in to my next classroom management class. So here I am, 10 minutes before class starts, writing my own quiz. I can't wait to share it with my students, and then have the discussion about how they could use it in their own classrooms. For those of you who are not familiar with Socrative, it works like clickers. You download the teacher version to your device, and your students download the student version to their devices. Then you set up questions for your students to answer. You give them the room number, and they use their devices to answer the question. You then get the answers on your device. Quick, simple, and you can look at it later when you actually have time. I'm using it for an exit ticket today, but I'll do it early so that we can talk about it before class ends. I've got to go to class, but I'll let you know what they come up with. I may even have them post their own ideas here!