For the summer, I have decided to use my Tuesday and Thursday posts to reblog some of my favorite posts that some of my readers may have missed the first time around.
Socrative is a student response system that pretty allows you to use any device with internet access, instead of having to purchase expensive separate hand-helds. Once registered (and it is free), the teacher can create quizzes, exercises, and quick exit tickets. It could be used in “real time” by students who each have an iPod Touch/iPad or laptop, teams of students who share an internet enabled device, or even by students at home or rotating through one computer in a classroom center. I used this on a regular basis with my students last year, and they loved it. I appreciated getting instant feedback on what they knew or how they felt about a topic. They enjoyed making it into a game with the “Space Race” feature that showed their team rockets moving forward on our classroom screen as they answered questions correctly. The teacher can have a spreadsheet with the results sent by an e-mail when the quizzes are completed, and graphs can be viewed by the entire class of the results. Many of these things can be done using Google Forms, but Socrative makes it easier and more fun for the students.
UPDATE: Socrative can be used as a web-based program, but now also has an app for Android and iDevices available (also for free).