Snap of Socrative beta in classroom use.
I STARTED USING Socrative one year ago, got positive feedback from students about its functionality, and decided to use it again throughout the 2014-15 academic term. I believe it enhances student engagement.
My initial thoughts about the updated version are below the break.
1. It is nice to see a way to download the quizzes because I use some of the questions near the end of each academic semester as a way of revisiting the high points of the courses I teach.
2. The beta version of Socrative requires me to use more space at the bottom of my laptop screen. This means I have to exert more effort when using a touchpad instead of a mouse.
3. Better colour-coding exists in the updated version of Socrative.
4. It appears that Socrative now uses a semantic frameset if its users try to share quizzes. The "Common Core" restricts the use of tags to those that fit its information architecture.
I need to be careful about sharing results of the Socrative quizzes. I use the service as a quiz framework and not as a way of awarding marks. However, students often feel they are in an examination zone and when they saw me display the quiz in progress via a data projector, they felt undesired pressure. I wonder if I can offset their sensitivities if I run Socrative activities as Space Races in our main classrooms. If I decide to do that, I will have to accommodate a handful of students who do not have mobile phones.
I also know that the mere presence of a cloud-based assessment facility in my classrooms can create an awkward tension with students (and faculty) who believe we need to have separate creation and evaluation spaces for work. I discuss some of that sensitivity in a clip I made via Audioboo while thinking about the etiquette of sharing recorded moments.