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Quick Quesitons in Socrative

Shared by Jonathan White

Socrative contains a feature called “Quick Question” that allows you to ask ad hoc questions of your class, collecting responses from all girls rather than only those raising their hands. These can be useful for pairing with existing lesson materials (e.g. questions embedded in an existing PowerPoint presentation), quickly polling the class for confidence with new material, or quick-fire topic revision without needing to prepare a quiz in advance. (One advantage of doing this on an ad hoc basis is the ability it gives you to adapt the difficulty and focus of subsequent questions on the fly, based on student responses - something teachers are excellent at and computers need extensive programming to attempt.)

How to Use It

On the Socrative home screen, you see the three Quick Question types listed on large buttons across the bottom: Multiple Choice, True/False, and Short Answer (free text).

  • Multiple Choice: Gives you a five-option setup for your question. If five is more responses than you need, feel free to ignore unnecessary ones. Students are presented with five buttons to tap, and the bars on your screen fill in as answers are submitted, based on percentage of students choosing a given option.
  • True False: Functionally very similar to Multiple Choice, but offering only two options, pre-populated as “True” or “False.”
  • Short Answer: Allows you to optionally type in the question and presents you with the below options.
  • Allow unlimited responses: If turned on, students are re-presented with the same question and text box to enter another response. I wouldn’t recommend using this feature to ask multiple questions, as all responses get listed on the same grid. Instead, it’s useful for e.g. brainstorming lots of potential items.
  • Require student names: If left in the off position (left), allows students to answer anonymously.
  • One Attempt: Blocks students from submitting another answer by logging out and back into the class.

Short Answer questions also allow you to turn your list of collected responses into an instant poll of the class. By tapping the “Start Vote” button, all students are presented with the list of responses from the Short Answer question and asked to choose one or more.

Practical Example

A very brave and dedicated Spanish teacher, decides his class should sample some native cuisine as part of their unit on Spanish food culture. He uses a Short Answer question allowing unlimited responses to allow students to brainstorm all the Spanish foods they can think of.

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He then uses the “Remove” button to the right of each line to whittle the list down to acceptable and appropriate items, before starting a vote.

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Students then vote for their favourite.

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The teacher then breathes a sigh of relief before heading to the shops to buy some simple chorizo.