Simple Strategies for Better Quizzes | LearnDash

As a follow-up to the wonderful presentation given last Thursday on Jen’s use of Socrative for formative evaluation in her classroom, here are some best practices when creating a quiz.


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And the First Block Goes to…

duplo-blockJen Robinson, Math teacher extraordinaire! Jen’s goal was to learn how to use Socrative so she could begin using it right away to assess the understanding of her students during math class.

I asked her to answer some brief questions about her experience. Here are her answers:

1. Was Socrative easy or hard to use? 
It’s very user friendly and doesn’t take long to make a quiz
2. What issues did you encounter while setting up Socrative, if any?
Math notation!!!!! Getting an image that was clear and didn’t take long to download.Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 8.41.56 AM
3. How did you resolve them?
Greg helped and with a good internet connection, and a bit of time, the images download easily but it does require extra steps.
4. What do you like about Socrative?
Instant feedback as to students answers and email of the results.
Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 8.43.05 AM5. What would you change about the app?
 I would allow the students to be able to go back over their quiz once finished to see their mistakes. When you answer, it tells you the correct answer (if you answered incorrectly), but it would be nice to be able to review it with them. Also, I can’t review it with them right after without signing out since I wouldn’t want them to see how the other students are doing in the class.
6. How are your students responding to it?
So far so good. I’ve done a total of 4 (2 in Sec 1 and 2 in Sec 2). It will be good to track their results throughout the year.
Note: Socrative has undergone a significant makeover since I first tried Socrative in 2012 (as blogged about here). The interface is prettier and you can now add images. 
Thanks Jen!

3 Ways To Use Data In The Classroom – Edudemic

When I first clicked on this article I thought they were going to talk about the propensity of open data available to us in this fabulous digital age. I thought it was going to be an article on how to use statistics in the classroom.

Boy, was I wrong.

The data they are talking about is the kind that you collect in real time from your students using a quiz tool like Socrative. I have talked about this subject before, but lately I have seen some renewed interest in this subject- a teacher came to me last week asking about a good tool for this purpose.

The author of the article below makes a very good case for using these tools to gage the level of understanding of her students, or taking a poll and asking them what they feel they need to work on. As a 1:1 school, this tool is particularly appropriate as each student can use their devices and reply to the quiz. Their answers are hidden from their classmates (which hopefully translates into more honest) and the report is immediate which means that it will be very evident who is not understanding and intervention can happen right away.

I would be interested to hear from any teachers who have used an online, interactive quiz tool with their students. Let me know!

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The phrase “using data to drive instruction” is showing up everywhere in education circles lately. Particularly with the incorporation of the Common Core State Standards.

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Using Google Docs and Socrative in a Meeting

For the Traf Reads meeting I decided to use the smart clicker Socrative to quiz the committee and get results in real time, as mentioned in last week’s blog post.

How did it work, Lina? How?


That is a very lame answer, Lina.

I know. But it is true.

I asked them to complete this one question right off the bat. I used all the iPads in the iPad lab, making sure the secretive student app was open and that my “room number” was open on all of them.

This worked out well.

However, the glitch came with the second question. If they answered “no” they should have been finished. If they answered “yes” they should have been directed to the next question:

Although I was able to plug in a simple “none” right now, when I was the only one on the network, many of the students’ machines got stuck on the wheel of death.

However, when I used it for a quick poll, it worked way better. I asked the group whether we should start our process over (in spoken words. I know. Old school.) and tapped the multiple choice option. A for Yes, B for No. I was able to get a definitive answer right away:

A little bird also told me that Google docs works better now on the iPad, so I thought I would upload my agenda and use it to make sure everyone was present.

Did it work better, Lina? Did it?


It certainly worked better than before. Before being when it didn’t work at all. So really, anything is an improvement. But I wouldn’t want to have to write a whole document in it.

First of all, there was this annoying bar that kept following me every time I scrolled and would stubbornly not stay in place:

The little magnifying glass doesn’t work, though you can still copy and paste by tapping the screen twice.

Go Docs
Price: $4.99

I still found it jumpy and lacking much functionality, but I did glimpse a google docs app in the app store for $4.99. Perhaps if you are very gung-ho about googledocs you might want to give it a try and then tell me about it? Anybody?

rAPPido Review: Socrative – a free smart clicker for quick quizzing

Socrative: Free

The Traf Reads meeting is coming up and there are several factors worrying me. The first is that our committee is large and our time is short. The other is that the committee is composed of students 12 to 17, some very opinionated, others very shy. How will I manage this disparity and still come up with a rounded, fair, democratic selection in 50 minutes?

Enter Socrative, a free, interactive clicker app. This is where the iPad shines, though to be honest, Socrative works with any online platform.  It allows me, the “teacher” to ask a question in class. I don’t even need to write it down. The students bring up their page, type in their teacher’s “room number” ( a unique ID that allows them to access your quizzes and questions) and answer the question. You can choose from a quick poll of your class to see if they are understanding or poll them on their opinion.

For example, I will ask the Traf reads committee something like,”What are the themes in If I stay that would generate class discussion?

Here is how the student log on looks like:

And this is what the “teacher” sees:

You can also  save quizzes:

You can then email yourself the report or download it onto your computer:

The emailed report is sent in an excel spreadsheet.

The interface is very simple and the Learn more, hyperlink at the top of the page gives you detailed and clear instructions on how it works.

All in all, avery useful free app!