I’ve posted before about student response systems, on-line assessment, etc., as well as the fact that we’ve moved into a new school, so there has been some acclimation, both physical and technological. One of the consequences of the move which I’m less than thrilled about is that I can’t seem to find the receiver that runs my Promethean ActivExpression system; until I do, that system is rendered impotent.

So the other day I was contemplating a pop quiz for my seniors and how I was going to administer it; I likely wouldn’t have used the ActivExpression system anyway, because for such a short quiz the time it would take to set them up probably wouldn’t have been worth it. But we were headed to a computer lab, so I thought I would give Socrative another try.

Socrative (http://www.socrative.com) is an on-line assessment tool. You sign-up on-line for an account (in the fall, when I signed up, it seemed they were in the experimental phase, i.e. they were only looking for specific types of people to sign up to test the system. From what it looked like yesterday, they seemed (though I didn’t confirm this) to have opened themselves up to anyone. In any case, you assign yourself a ‘room number’, and when students sign-in (and they don’t need an account), they type in your ‘room number’. Once you start your quiz, the quiz appears in their ‘room’.

The quizzes themselves seem relatively versatile: multiple choice, short answer, etc. Socrative of course grades as you go (though you can disable the immediate response feature), and then emails you a spreadsheet of the results (and you can see that spreadsheet live as well; see picture below). So a successful experiment, and something I’ll have to revisit, especially when kids will have their own computers next year.

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