Socrative

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Socrative is owned by MasteryConnect, a for-profit start-up based in Salt Lake City, Utah.  MasteryConnect provides online tools for educators.  Such tools include Socrative, which the start-up classifies as a formative assessment product.  According to EdSurge, MasteryConnect has a large client base of more than 2,600 schools and school districts.  Socrative remains one of MasteryConnect’s largest product offerings.  

Price Free
Type of learning Cognitivism

Connectivism

Ease of Use ★★★★✩
Privacy ★★✩✩✩
Accessibility ★★✩✩✩
Class Size 50 students
ISTE Standards for Students Computational Thinker

Global Collaborator

Access

Socrative can be accessed on the top three operating systems:  Windows, Apple, and Chrome.  No downloads are required.  A web browser that utilizes HTML-5 is needed to access all functions.  Socrative is also usable on various hardware: desktops, smartphones, tablets, and mobile phones.  

Technical help is offered via a web page that offers tips and answers frequently asked questions presented by users.  There is dedicated technical assistance provided by e-mail for paid users of Socrative.

ISTE Standards

The Computational Thinker ISTE standard is met as evidenced by Socrative’s formative assessments via quizzes and space race assignments, allowing students to demonstrate their mastery of new knowledge.  The Global Collaborator standard is met, as students can compete with peers inside and outside of the classroom to complete space race assessments.   

Cost

The free version of Socrative includes the following features:

  • creation of 1 public room
  • 50 students can be to the public room
  • Space Race assessment
  • access to the online help center
  • integration with state and Common Core standards
  • visual sharing of assessment results

The paid version costs $29.99 per year.  It includes all that is offered with a free account and the following features:  

  • creation of up to 10 private or public rooms
  • 150 students can be invited per room
  • classroom roster can be imported into Excel
  • links to share with students
  • restricted access for student users
  • instant sharing of quiz results
  • e-mail support

Workflow

There is a moderate time investment needed to become proficient with Socrative.  After creating a free account, teachers are automatically given one public room.  The public room is, essentially, a virtual meeting place for teachers and students.  Unfortunately, a public room cannot accommodate a class roster.  In order to track student activity within a public room, students must first enter the name of the public room, followed by their personal name.   

Students do not need to create accounts.  Teachers invite students via a URL into a room to access a quiz, quick question, space race, or exit ticket.  

Within a public room, teachers can create a quiz, search for a quiz, copy a previous quiz, edit quizzes, and more.  Question types can be multiple choice, true/false, or short answer, and question order can be shuffled for each student.  While images can be uploaded to a quiz, there is no support for audio or video files.  Individual quiz questions can be tagged to show congruence with Common Core standards.  Quizzes can be shared with other educators who are also registered with Socrative.  

Socrative maintains a reports section, where teachers can download an Excel spreadsheet with data on overall class performance.  Individual student reports are also available to download in PDF format.  Aggregate and individual results can also be e-mailed to teachers.  

One noteworthy feature is the Quick Question.  Quick Question allows students to answer a multiple choice, true/false, or open-ended question in real-time.  It was designed to provide teachers with an easy method to capture aggregate classroom performance periodically throughout a lesson.  Such student-checking with Quick Question permits teachers to calibrate their lessons, to better ensure that the learning needs of all students are being met.  Class results can be shared with students instantaneously.

Exit ticket is a quiz that is launched at the end of a lesson.  It provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of content for the day, while ensuring teachers that objectives were met.  Socrative recommends the use of Exit Ticket to adjust homework assignments or address mistakes.

Finally, Space Race allows teachers to design a quiz so that either individual students or student teams can compete with another.  As each student or team answers each quiz question, their chosen avatar moves ahead in the race.  The student or team who answers the most number of questions correctly, during the specified time frame, wins the race.  

Accessibility

While Socrative does not directly accommodate learners with special needs, the website and app can work in concert with screen-magnifying and screen-reading software programs.  

Privacy

Socrative’s privacy policy is detailed, explaining data that are routinely collected.  Socrative extensively describes how their tool meets requirements mandated by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Socrative offers a point of contact for those who have further questions regarding privacy.   

Terms of Use

When uploading a quiz, teachers grant Socrative a sublicensable, non-exclusive, royalty free, fully paid up, irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide right and license to use such content at any time.  Socrative forbids teachers from uploading material that is deemed obscene or offensive, holds copyright restrictions, reveals trade secrets, infringes on intellectual property rights, contains advertising, or promotes chain letters and pyramid schemes. If there is a breach with the terms of service, and any of the aforementioned protocols are not followed, Socrative holds no legal liability.  

Equity

Socrative provides an opportunity for all students – regardless of level – to track and understand their progress.  This may serve to improve equity in education, as teachers can hone in on students (or groups of students) that are challenged by learning the content.   Teachers can customize lesson plans and quizzes based on feedback provided by Socrative’s report functions.  

Socrative and the SAMR Model

Substitution:  Learners can complete Socrative quizzes, quick questions, or exit tickets, and compare their results to their peers instantaneously.  Learners no longer have to wait for teachers to tabulate classroom performance, since it is done digitally in real-time.    

Augmentation:  Socrative allows teachers and learners to track their progress as individuals and as a members of a learning community through formative assessments.  Outcomes can then be compared to other learning communities located across town, in another state, or half-way around the world.   

Modification: Teachers have access to data-enriched reports that measure learning in three spheres:  individual students, class, and quiz questions.  Reports are accessible across time and place.

Redefinition:   Socrative’s Space Race feature can help learners engage in deep learning activities, either alone or in groups.  Learners may feel a sense of euphoria and accomplishment when learning activities are made into a fun challenge.  Teachers can seamlessly create a challenge, without worrying about score-keeping or tabulating results, as these functions are handled by Socrative.      

Learning Activities

Arithmetic

A third grade teacher has taught his first lesson on fractions.  Some of his students seem to be perplexed on the notion of fractions being parts of wholes.  Before delving further into content, he provides his learners with a Quick Question so that he may adapt his lesson to address the needs of his challenged students.   

Health

After a lesson on scrutinizing food labels for glucose, sodium, and fat content, students enrolled in a health class have been assigned to teams.  Their health teacher launched a Space Race quiz so that teams can determine the overall nutrient value of various food products.  The team who can complete each question correctly within 20 minutes wins the race.  

Community Organizing

A community organizer has assembled citizens of a U.S. census tract that has experienced disproportionately high rates of lung cancer.   A developer has petitioned the local government to build a waste incinerator within the census tract’s borders.  After the community organizer’s presentation on the health and economic impact of waste incineration on other communities, she invites citizens to access Socrative’s Exit Ticket feature.  Exit Ticket will allow the community organizer to address any lingering questions or misconceptions before the next event.  

How to Use Socrative

1.Type www.socrative.com in your web browser

2. The site requires all teachers to create a free account.

3. Complete the “get account” web page.

4. Socrative will send new users an e-mail establishing the account.

5. After signing in with account credentials, the user home page provides several clickable options:

6. To access a tutorial, click on the Getting Started icon

7. To design a quiz, quick question, space race, or exit ticket, click on the icon labeled Quizzes

8. To activate a quiz, quick question, space race, or exit ticket for student access, click on the icon labeled Launch

9. To design a room, click on the icon labeled Rooms

10. To review student and classroom performance, click on the icon labeled Reports

11. To apply solutions for common problems encountered by users, click on the icon labeled Troubleshooting

Resources

Research

Awedh, M., Mueen, A., Zafar, B., & Manzoor, U. (2015). Using Socrative and smartphones for the support of collaborative learning. International Journal on Integrating Technology in Education, 4(3). doi:10.5121/ijite.2014.3402

Dervan, P. (2014). Enhancing in-class student engagement using Socrative (an online student response system): A Report. The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 6(3), 1801-1812.

Méndez, D., & Slisko, J. (2013). Software Socrative and smartphones as tools for implementation of basic processes of active physics learning in classroom: An initial feasibility study with prospective teachers. European Journal of Physics Education, 4(2), 17-24.

Wash, P. D. (2014). Taking advantage of mobile devices: Using Socrative in the classroom. Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology, 3(1), 99-101. doi:10.14434.jotlt.v3n1.5016

Visuals

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Space Race launch

The Space Race quiz feature allows students to compete with one another in real-time.

A checkmark indicates a correct answer.

Socrative is a handy tool for completing quizzes, with reports available to assess student and classroom performance.

Video

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Transcript of Video

Narrator:  

Welcome!  This week’s review is on the online tool Socrative.

[Screen shot of Socrative’s main page]

Socrative is a handy online tool that allows teachers to provide routine and spontaneous quizzes.  Each quiz is meant to gauge how learners are mastering content, and can be assessed

Socrative has several types of quizzes available:

  • Traditional quizzes
  • Space Race, where students compete with one another in real-time
  • Quick Questions, which allows teachers to stop a lesson and query the class in real-time
  • Exit Tickets, which is given at the end of a lesson to address student misconceptions

Socrative requires registration only by teachers.  Students are invited into rooms by teachers to complete quizzes when teachers share a unique URL to the room.

[Screen shot of Socrative page that appears after logging in]

After logging in, Socrative provides the following options for teachers using their free account options:  

  • A Getting Started tutorial
  • A portal to design quizzes
  • A link to activate quizzes
  • A portal to design rooms
  • A reports function that assesses student and classroom performance
  • A Troubleshooting page for technical problems

[Screen shot of Socrative Space Race quiz]

Space Race is a fun quiz option that lets students compete with one another.  

As each student answers quiz questions correctly, they can view their chosen avatar move ahead in the race.  

The student who answers the most number of questions correctly, during a specified time frame, wins the race.  

And that’s a wrap!  For more of my review of Socrative, feel free to peruse the website.

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