A lot of people make use of state-of-the-art apps to enhance their teaching and classroom management. iOS, as known and appreciated by most people, has so many apps that smoothly run and make an educator’s job easier. One app that could be highly appreciated by so many educators and that is available on all platforms in addition to its web version is certainly ‘Socrative’. I am sure that a lot of people use apps for polling and they can really make your life easy in class.
Some examples of how you can use them in class:
1. Simply, you want to choose a class representative or assign someone a task, and you would like it to be fun and to use technology for it. If you do not want to use technology, you can write the names on board and want everybody to vote openly or in a closed way. However, using Socrative or similar polling apps, you simply ask your students to go to socrative.com and tell them your room number or name. Then, as a teacher at that moment you enter the names quickly on Socrative through its web version or using Socrative Teacher app. Then, while Ss are voting, you reflect it on the board with a projector, then it is magically beautiful to watch a bar chart showing the number of votes for each candidate.
2. Another example is that you are at the beginning or the end of the lesson, you want to ask students’ opinions about the class as a warm-up or wrap-up. Simply open Socrative Teacher app, tell your students go to Socrative and your room. Then you start an exit-test for a pulse-check and then watch it happen.
3. There is no limit for your creativity, but you can also prepare any kind of test in advance using Socrative quiz templates and then do it in a space race format where you can watch groups race against each other by answering the questions.
All in all, polling apps and tools are really effective and convenient instruments for educators and Socrative is a good model among them. Go to socrative.com or download the apps and see what you can do with that.