Have you ever given a talk or a lecture and you ask a question or want people to vote…but no one raises their hand? Then you thought, it would be way better to create an interactive session if we just had clickers for each member of the audience…but *&^# those are expensive! And before you know it, you look around and everyone’s on their phones texting or facebooking or pretty much doing anything except listening to your talk…this actually happens to me regularly, both at work and at home with my wife (when I’m talking!).
Well there’s a very cool app that looks to solve this problem using internet access (either with laptop, tablet or smartphone). Its called Socrative. It’s free. And it’s super easy to use. And remember, your audience is already glued to their smartphones since they’re not listening to you… so you might as well capitalize on that!
Here’s how it works – The teacher just creates a log in, and students access the site using any internet access device. The teacher logs in and a classroom number is created. The students log in either using the internet or an app and type in the classroom number. They’ve now entered the class and can begin interacting with the questions/quizzes etc. It’s absolutely brilliant, making larger group teaching much more interactive!
Here’s a few screenshots of the site: