Laptops as Clickers

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Using “clickers” or electronic response systems can be a great way to gather data and give formative assessments to students.  Until recently, schools wanting to use response systems needed to purchase expensive software and equipment.  Education software companies like Promethean, CPS, and SMART all manufacture “clicker” software and hardware.

Clicker software and hardware, in the traditional sense, can now be replaced by technology that may already exist in the classroom.  Teachers and students can now use laptops, netbooks, and smart-phones as clickers thanks to some new web tools.  Best of all, most of these web based tools are free to use.

Once such web tool can be found at Socrative.com soclogo

The front page states, “Engage the class using any device” and they mean it.

On the website, you can either be directed to a log-in for teachers or students.  The sign up process is simple and free for teachers.  Once logged in, teachers will get a room number.  They can provide that room number for students using the “student log-in” and go from there!  The whole process is very simple and user friendly.

From the teacher home page, teachers have to option to create quizzes in advance or give questions “on the fly” as a single question activity.  SQAs are a great way to gather quick, formative data on your class, take a vote, or give a “ticket out the door”.   The format of the SQA can be True/False, short answer, or multiple choice.

If teachers create a quiz ahead of time, they have the same options for question formats but with a little more functionality.  Quizzes can be multiple questions and run as student-paced or teacher-paced.  Teachers can also add image content to their questions and share their quizzes with other teachers.

One of the best functions of the quiz-based activities is that teachers can add correct answers which will, in turn, give students immediate feedback and export results to an Excel spreadsheet.

Socrative makes it easy to replace clickers with laptops, netbooks, and smart-phones making it a very user-friendly and viable option as an assessment tool.

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