Socrative is a live polling service that allows the administrator to build surveys, quizzes, and questionnaires that can be responded to by anyone with a computing device and the administrator’s ID. The poll can be displayed with live results for all the participants to digest. At the conclusion of the poll, the administrator is given a variety of methods to gather and evaluate the data. The software is web-based, and a free account is available.
Socrative is a powerful tool for several scenarios. It can be used in class to provide live feedback on which students understand the current lesson and which do not. It can be used during a presentation to evaluate different points of view. It can be used to poll an audience’s opinion on a topic and display the results for discussion. The results can be displayed anonymously so honest comments and feedback can be received without the fear of being singled out, in the spotlight, embarrassed, wrong, or harsh. Having this information ensures that the audience and instructor are in agreement on the present state of knowledge and can form a more educated decision about the progression of the class/discussion/presentation.
At the conclusion of the poll/quiz/survey, Socrative provides built-in analytical tools and the ability to download the data to Excel. All results are stored in the Socrative account for future reference and reflection.
For a quick visual tour of Socrative, watch this video. For more tours of individual features, check out the Socrative YouTube channel. To start using Socrative, go to www.socrative.com and sign up for a free account.