Socrative and BPS

5th Grade Teacher, Kim Lynch, previewing the new Socrative updates with Charlotte Duncan of Mastery Connect.

5th Grade Teacher, Kim Lynch, previewing the new Socrative updates with Charlotte Duncan of Mastery Connect.

Burlington’s 1:1 program and high level of technology integration has positioned the district as a leader in the use of technology in the classroom and it’s not unusual to see developers working with our students and teachers to refine their products.

Shortly after Socrative launched in 2011, the founders came to Burlington to pitch their product and see how we would use it in our classrooms.  The feedback they received here was constructive and we’ve continued to have a positive ongoing relationship with the company ever since.

Although they were acquired by Mastery Connect earlier this year, the relationship continues to evolve.  With a major revamp in the process, Socrative returned to Burlington to get feedback on the new material and user interface over the summer and again this week.

A student response system that can launch from the web or the company’s student and teacher mobile apps, Socrative has been used over the past few years in many BPS classrooms to create quizzes which provide real-time results for teachers.  Now, Socrative and Mastery Connect are expanding their offerings with pre-populated test bank questions and crowd-sourced material.  In the new iteration, Socrative hopes not only to make creating assessment easier but to build a community of educators working together to create and evaluate content.

Charlotte Duncan showed the new layout and workflows to 5th Grade Teachers Kim Lynch and Tara Olshaw over the summer and again yesterday afternoon.  Paper mock-ups from the summer have now  been transformed into the online beta experience based on teacher input and are now almost ready to launch.  Stay tuned for a new Socrative experience!

Socrative Olshaw

Memorial Teacher, Tara Olshaw, gives Charlotte Duncan feedback on the new features planned for Socrative.

About Diana Marcus

Mobile Learning Coach and Educator Evaluation Support for Burlington Public Schools (MA)
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