I adore this app, and all that it stands for. Instant feedback. Instant color-coded data. Extremely user-friendly interface for the teacher.
My students, however, are not so quick to rave about Socrative these days.
When Socrative was *only* about data to inform instruction, and was *not* about accountability that goes in the grade book, students raved about this app. Now that their performance on my weekly 3-question Socrative warm-up quiz counts for a grade, some students have changed their tune.
“I accidentally hit the wrong answer choice!”
“I wish this app let me go back to revisit a question!”
These are the cries of my students… and I think they have some valid points. Am I asking too much, or would my students’ suggestions make Socrative a better tool for the masses? Am I misusing Socrative? Is this tool *only* meant for formative assessment that “doesn’t count”?
Next week, my warm-ups quiz will be given through our online gradebook program, called Skyward. I can still present a quick online multiple-choice quiz to my students to take on their iPads, but they can scan their answers and press “submit” when finished. As a matter of fact, students’ grades will be automatically entered into my electronic grade book (though this is not my priority in using an online assessment tool – I want what’s best for my students). I hope this will allay some of my students’ frustration. Now we’ll see whether the issue is “I hit the wrong choice by mistake” or “I should have studied”!
Socrative Big Wigs, if you are reading this, can you let me know if there are ways to revisit questions, or undo the dreaded I-hit-the-wrong-answer-choice complaint? (After all, it is easy to do this on a very touch-sensitive iPad screen.) Thank you, and I know my students would thank you as well. 😉