Student response systems are possibly the fastest way to up your technology game. They are simple, inexpensive and much easier than years past. You get out more than you put in if you use students response systems. The days of using expensive devices that look like garage openers and need the support of a school technology expert are over.
Today’s student response systems are often free, many times web-based and user-friendly. Best of all they are gamified and work across devices. If you are pressed for time, then you can often use a popular quiz created by another teacher. Socrative allows you to share a quiz with another teacher and “Kahoot!” allows you to search a database. Plickers allows students to hold up cards as a teacher scans the crowd for answers and yes it actually works. All of the student response systems listed here are free!
I rate Kahoot! as the best student response system because it is simple and gamified. I rate Kahoot! as the most user-friendly of the class. You can create several different types of Kahoots. It is also the most popular of all the student response systems. Most important is Kahoot! is fun.
Teachers create a quiz, survey, jumble or a discussion. With a jumble, you just put several words in order. A quiz would have a right answer, and a survey would be an opinion. Kahoot! has awesome features like adding an image or a video. You can even add an introduction video. There are apps for Apple and Android devices. Students can use their Smartphone or any computer with internet.
This is a free app on the iTunes and Google Play stores. Students hold up cards with their answers, and the teacher scans the room with the app using the camera of the iPad, Android tablet or smartphone. It is a fun and simple app to use. You create a roster for your class. You can even cut and paste the roster in the app. Plickers has 40 different cards that can be printed out. Each student is assigned a card that is also numbered. Each card has a shape with different letters on each side of the shape. If the student wants to answer “A,” then that letter should be on top of the card that is held up. The teacher asks the question, and each student holds up a card. The teacher scans the crowd with the camera of a tablet or Smartphone. The teacher gets instant feedback. The scanning of cards is so ingenious it almost does not seem possible. I assure you it actually does work. You need enough light in the room and make sure the students don’t place a figure over part of the shape. When used correctly Plickers is seamless and tremendous fun. The app is very user-friendly. I highly recommend trying Plickers. The good news is you only need one device.
This is a very good free web-based student response system. Socrative can be used with all types of computer devices. You can use it with computers, tablets, and smartphones. Socrative has apps for Chrome, iPad, Windows and Android devices. Socrative can grade the quizzes that you create. A teacher could give a test with Socritive and download a report with all the information. With Socrative you can play a competitive game. Since it is web-based, you can use any computer that has the internet.