"Do you get it?"
"Does that make sense?"
"Do you understand?"
Since I can't actually get inside my students heads, I find myself constantly asking myself and asking my students these questions. I want to ensure they understand the concept and be able to work in small groups with the students that need additional assistance. When technology was introduced into my classroom, I knew there had to be a better way.
Socrative is a great option for getting student feedback right away. Teachers can create quizzes, polls, or activities and launch them from the teacher version. Students join the "Room" and are able to answer the questions. My favorite things about Socrative are the wide variety of question types (MC, FR, TF, etc) and the "See How We Did" button. The button allows you to not only see how many got it right and how many got it wrong, but also how many chose each answer. It is so helpful for identifying those pesky misconceptions.
As the teacher, I am able to create questions (or import slides). Once I launch my presentation on my computer (attached to my projector), students are able to join in and answer the question I cue up. As they answer, I can see exactly what they are writing, doing, or choosing in their browser. I can then use my tablet in Dashboard mode to select any answers I want to show to the class. I make it a competition for my favorite answer! Once I've shown my favorite, I use my tablet to choose the next question and am able to control what is seen on the projector. There is Google integration here as well, which is pretty much my favorite thing.
Kahoot is always a winner with my high school students. They love the music, competitive nature, and fun colors. I love that they are reinforcing concepts and staying engaged. You create a multiple choice quiz on the Kahoot site. When you launch the quiz (while projecting it), students log in with a code and are able to join in. They will see four colored squares (each with a shape to help our color blind students) on their screens. On the projector, they will see the question and answers which are each assigned a corresponding color and shape. The questions are timed and play fun music while you are waiting for responses. After each question, it indicates who your front runner is.
On October 7 I will be presenting on these tools and more at the Colonial Tech Conference! Hope to see you there!