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Socrative Space Race for Review

Mrs. Golden, and the SJCI Academic Enrichment Center, recently used the Socrative App with students to review for Biology with a gamification approach.

Mrs. Golden recounts the lesson, “In the AEC, I used the Socrative App to help students to review for the Biology midterm.  After typing the review book questions into the app, students logged into the quiz using a code.  Students worked in teams to space race.  For each correctly answered question,  the team’s rocket ship advanced.  The team rocket ship that was furthest along at the end of the questions won. Even the tutors wanted in on the action, so we played tutors versus freshmen.  It got really competitive!!

Socrative has a teacher and student app to provide instructors with an instant look at how well students are doing.  The app gives you different options for testing students, including gaming-assessments.  It has been the leading app for iPad integration and formative assessment.

It might take some time setting up questions, but students have had a positive response to the fun approach. Knowing students’ areas of strength and weakness for a topic, through effective formative assessment tools like Socrative, can have an influential impact on achievement.  It is another resource to help us make more informed instructional decisions while also having some fun gaming.

Socrative iOS app for Teachers

Socrative iOS app for Students


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Flipped Math Class

Here’s a look at Mrs. Sheehan’s Algebra 2/ Trig class learning about flipped learning and their video lesson on Educanon.

Educanon allows for flipped video lessons to become interactive by asking questions during the videos’ viewing. The interactivity gives way to important teaching/ learning techniques.

First, it demands students to be more active in their learning. Students are answering questions during instruction, which can increase engagement while requiring more participation.

Second, those questions students are answering provide instructors with formative assessment, or insight of what each student has comprehended from the material.  This will give Mrs. Sheehan a better idea of what should be focused on in class the following day.

Third, students can go back and use these videos as a reference tool later in the year and for review for exams.  Such an approach also provides students with mediation or scaffolding to help build up to deeper level content while providing support along the way.

Educanon not only gives teachers information on who watched what and how they answered the questions, it also does not allow students to fast forward through the video the first time through the lecture (they can always rewind to repeat sections)

Flipped learning gives teachers more time to work with students while they are actually working on problems, or what we would traditionally call homework.  Many flipped classrooms utilize collaborative learning groups during class while the instructor supplies facilitation and support (more scaffolding opportunities).