Getting feedback from students, to help monitor their learning and understanding, can sometimes be elusive. For teachers with older students, allowed to use their own devices, a great way of gaining feedback is the freely available Socrative service. Even if pupils are using school computers, the feedback and quizzing options are still also available.
Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones. Through the use of real time questioning, instant result aggregation and visualisation, teachers can gauge the whole class’ current level of understanding. Socrative saves teachers time so the class can further collaborate, discuss, extend and grow as a community of learners.
Set up is simple and free, with the compliment of apps easily available. Students are given a code to feedback with the visualisations being made available immediately. There are issues with regards to BYOD (see UKEdMag article), but Socrative is certainly a favourite and worth exploring.