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On Friday the 15th of March i hosted an open day for the Youth Sport Trust, a short video of the day can be viewed below, big thanks to all the delegates who attended and the @PEgeeks that helped out.
PEgeeks I have set up and created a collaborative resource for us all to contribute towards, to help us as a community, track the progress of our students and make our assessment of pupils that little bit easier, through the use of the online Web 2.0 tool Socrative.
What is Socrative?
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
How It works?
Teachers login through their device and select from a series of activities which controls the flow of questions and games. Students simply login with their device and interact real time with the content.
Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and Short Answer questions. For pre-planned activities a teacher can view reports online as a google spreadsheet or as an emailed Excel file.
Benefit to PE teachers!
Questions can be multiple choice, short answer, or a combination of the two. It’s your choice! Once the exercises are completed, you receive an aggregated report. The multiple choice will be graded for you. This will help us to save time marking once a bank of high quality tests are created and established. We can use the tests in a variety of ways when assessing pupils knowledge either through qualification based subjects GCSE PE / BTEC or through KS3 practical PE to asses students knowledge and performance at the end of a specific topic of study.
The following video is an example of how I created a competitive, engaging learning environment using the Space Race feature within Socrative: @
Creating a Socrative Quiz
Design your own evaluation exercises in minutes by importing questions or inputting them on the website. The questions are then saved in your account so you can access them anytime and share them with others through the unique SOC code assigned to each quiz.
To create your own quizzes you need to click MANAGE quizzes, CREATE A QUIZ. From here you will name your quiz and have the option of creating short answer or multiple choice questions, on the multiple choice questions it is important you mark the correct answer using the boxes on the left hand side. Once you have completed and are happy with your test you need to save it, this will then automatically generate your quiz with a SOC code (it is this code other @PEgeeks will need to access your quiz)
How the shared document works (instructions)
Once you have created a teacher Socrative account you will be assigned a room number, from here you can, create and manage your own quizes and activities. There is an option that allows you to MANAGE quizes once clicked you have the option of IMPORT quiz and then IMPORT SHARED QUIZ, this is where you will then enter the SOC code of a quiz from the shared document I have created
The document that has been created has a variety of columns to input data to make it easier to search for exactly what you are after, the more detail you add to these columns the easier and more effective the document will be.
Quiz Name – Name/Title of your Quiz
SOC Code- The Specific SOC code to access your quiz
Type of Activity – Is it designed to be an Exit ticket, quiz, space race etc……
Subject – PE and then the specific topic it looks at
Grade Level – KS1,2,3,4,5 Who is the quiz aimed at?
Number of Questions – Contained within your quiz
Sample or Example – A sample question from your test
Concept / Description – An idea of how you or others can use it within the context of a lesson
Author – Your twitter username
School – The school or organisation you represent
The following link will take you to the shared document created, please add and quality Socrative quizzes you have or will have when completed.
On the evening of Wednesday the 6th February 2013 I attended the The Youth Sport Trust’s prestigious Innovation Awards ceremony where the trust recognises high quality and inspirational work within schools across the country.
On the night, myself and the department collected the award for Excellent Secondary PE department sponsored by Pulse Fitness from Baroness Sue Campbell CBE. The award recognised the innovative work I have been using and developing within my department, using modern technology to excite, engage and motivate young people in PE and sport,
I have been a member of my department for 18 months and have successfully spearheaded the development and integration of mobile technology, applications, social media and web 2.0 tools within the department and into lessons to enhance teaching and learning, so winning this award was a very proud moment for myself.
Images from the night can be viewed here.