Responseware

Responseware: Socrative

Socrative is one of the best known responseware programs. We wrote about another responseware program Kahoot earlier.  The teacher or presenter designs and starts a quiz on his/her computer. The students can access the quiz on their PC, tablet, iPad or smartphone.  The students see the question and can answer. The results are presented graphically can be viewed and shown by the teacher.

Socrative is suitable from primary school level up to university. You can use Socrative to assess knowledge and skills, but you can also use it to engage students using open questions, using it as a tool to gauge prior knowledge, or to vote in a poll.

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Presentation of a multiple-choice question to student

DiScoro offers workshops in the use of Responseware, such as Kahoot, Socrative, and in how to create various types of questions.

Functionality and review

  • Socrative has several options: Quiz, one single question, and Space Race (competition).
  • Socrative is user-friendly.
  • It takes very little time to start and use Socrative with students.
  • Socrative offers Multiple-choice questions with the possibility to indicate more than one correct answer.
  • Socrative offers the option to enter open questions where the student writes down his/her own answer.
  • You as a teacher can select a student-paced or teacher-paced quiz.
  • You can add feedback or hints that will be shown to the students after they have sent in their answer.
  • You can upload a picture/graphic with a question, but this is optional.
  • Students do not have to be present at the samen location as the teacher, because the students view the questions as well as the answer options as soon as they open the quiz.
  • The graphics do not always work well when students use the program on a smartphone.
Socrative results

Overview of results

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Results on an open question

You will find additional functionality and options, which you should check out for yourself.

 Purchase  Free
 Hardware  PC, tablet, iPad, SmartPhone 
 Requirements   browser on teachers’ computer

Responseware: Kahoot

Kahoot is a well known responseware program in Primary and Secondary schools. The teacher starts a ‘Quiz’ on his own PC and shows the questions one by one on a large screen, using a projector or a interactive board. The students answer using any digital device: PC, tablet, smartphone. The results are  displayed graphically on the teachers’ PC and can thus be viewed on the large screen. The answers are anonymous to other students, but the teacher can download a file and analyse the results later.
A Kahoot Quiz can be used to check students’ knowledge, but can also be used to check what students know before instruction on a new topic takes off.

DiScoro offers training and workshops in the use of Responseware, such as Kahoot, Socrative, and in how to create various types of questions.

Example of a question

Example of a question

Functionality and Review

  • Kahoot offers two quiz options: Quiz and Survey. A question in a Quiz requires one correct answer. In a Survey all answers are correct.
  • Students think that Kahoot is fun.
  • Kahoot is easy to use.
  • The use of Kahoot during your lessons does not take much time. After the first time you can use Kahoot within 10 minutes.
  • Kahoot offers only Multiple-choice questions. It is not possible to use an open question where students write in their own answer.
  • Students must respond under time pressure. The maximum time you can allow for answering one question is 3 minutes. We think this is rather short and unfortunately does not allow for discussion or more difficult questions.
  • Kahoot uses a picture or a video with every question. If you do not upload a picture, then Kahoot will use its own picture. It is therfore wise to always upload a picture that matches the question.
  • You might experience that if you do not turn down volume completely that the program come along with quite a loud tune all the time.

Example of a question

Purchase  Free
Hardware  iPad, Android tablet,, Smartphone, PC
Requirements  PC for the teacher with browser

SMART Board training EOSØR Kristiansand

EOSØR Kristiansand uses interactive whiteboards. EOSØR provides vocational education in the area of electronics.

The teachers at EOSØR received their first training in the use of SMARTBoard. They have already many ideas and inspiration for the next school year. The new students can expect lessons from teachers who will use this new technology in the classroom. In July the second training session will be held in which they will be indtroduced in the use of  responseware in the classroom.