If you (like me) spend half of your life telling students to put away their mobile phones then you may initially be sceptical about this nifty little tool, which allows you to create very simple multiple choice quizzes and get students to respond as a class using their smart phones (iPhones, Blackberrys, Android phones). It is a bit like a Who Wants to be a Millionaire ‘Ask the audience’ quiz. The best thing about it is that it is currently free as it is in BETA phase.
The only issue is that not all students have smart phones, in which case they wouldn’t be able to participate – creating a bit of an E&D issue. I have used it a couple of times in grammar lessons with groups of students who all have state of the art mobiles and it worked a treat.
To get started all you need to do is set up an account and start creating your quizzes. Students can then access the quiz using their mobile browser. When you sign up you’ll receive full instructions in an email.
To find out more go to www.socrative.com.