Submitted by Jeremy Barsell
The technology that I have decided to share is a web-based app called Socrative. Socrative is an interactive app that allows for teachers to create a virtual learning environment for students. Similar to how many college courses require the use of a clicker for quizzes, Socrative can serve a similar function. Teachers can create a live quiz that students log into using a generated classroom code. Each student would only need to provide their own laptop, computer, or smartphone instead of buying a separate clicker. Instructors can view responses and statistics in real time, such as seeing how many students gave a certain answer on any given question. The quizzes can also be set to anonymous responses, which can be a great tool for sharing opinions without outing the student. On top of quizzes, Socrative has an exit ticket function, where it would be helpful to get every student's response before they leave class, and a group function. Instructors can create separate groups or rooms to split up students into different activities. Socrative is free to use, and can be upgraded to a pro account which has more features. There are also separate logins for instructors and for students. Overall, I think Socrative is an innovative classroom app that can engage students using technology.