The Socratic Method of Socrative

What is Socrative?

Socrative is an online program that teachers and presenting students alike can capitalize to create interactive quizzes the entire class can participate in. It engages students during the learning process. Socrative is easy to use, and there is a specific pin code assigned to each teacher’s account. Moderators can use a mix of multiple choice, true/false and short answer.

How to use Socrative Effectively:

Socrative’s Uses and Features

1. Downloadable graphs, results, spreadsheets

You can download the results for a particular quiz in the form of graphs, charts  and spreadsheets in one convenient zip file. In addition, the program automatically creates a pdf file with their results (in the form of a chart) for each individual participant. You can always go back and see the latest results and download them at any time.


2. Student paced option

Unlike other similar programs, you can elect to have student paced quizzes and activities. Students can go back and recheck questions they weren’t sure of. The absence of a timer alleviates pressure and stress, allowing the students to assess their understanding of the material more accurately.

3. Randomized groups

The Socrative program also allows moderators to assign all participants into randomized groups. If this option is selected, students will see the their group name at the upper right corner of their screen, and the program will indicate which team is in the lead. This adds a fun, competitive element to interactive quizzes without placing pressure on individual participants.


Why is Socrative so Useful?

Socrative allows students to test their knowledge and see for themselves what they already know so that they can better assess a future performance. Socrative may gain confidence through their test with Socrative, or they may figure out where to allot more time for studying.

By analyzing their results students are able to reflect on how they felt during the quiz/assessment. Were they confident in their abilities? Did a particular question frustrate them? These emotions invoke connections which serve as a precursor for active attention and analysis of the taught material.

Socrative is a useful way to see what material students have retained after a lesson. If a teacher elects to have Socrative quizzes after a particularly detailed lesson, students can see what concepts they can retrieve from memory the quickest.

Socrative is conducive to class discussions, which is a good setting for elaboration. If a teacher notices that a significant portion of the class was stuck on a particular topic, they can allocate time to discuss the topic in class. With nuanced insights and meaningful discussion, students can construe the material in a way that makes sense to them, in their own words.


Top Educational Uses for Socrative

  1. Test prior knowledge of students. Socrative is a good way to give students short quizzes testing for prior knowledge before a particularly rigorous lesson.
  2. Quizzing taught material is a good way to review material. It also encourages metacognition, where awareness is raised about what the students know and what they struggle with. Students and teachers alike can use this information in effective ways- students can focus more on these areas when studying, and teachers can review the material the next day in class.
  3. Gauge student comfort with material. Socrative has the option of creating quick poll type questions. Teachers can ask “On a scale of 1-5, how comfortable are you with the material.”, “I am comfortable with the material, true/false”, etc. Alternately, teachers can ask students “Who would like me to review X concepts”, since some students may be too insecure to admit their weaknesses.

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By: Jessica Jung, Sepi Mortazavi, Gajani Nirthanarajah, Isis So

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