Using Socrative with 6 iPads

This post comes to you from 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Elley. Read on to see how she’s used the app Socrative in her classroom!

Assessing with Socrative…some great discoveries!

I was inspired by recent posts to the Socrative website (


Thank you note to Zach Paul for field trip.


  1. Send Quick Question to students
  2. Orally ask, “What was your favorite part of the trip?”
  3. Students respond individually
  4. Copy and paste answers into Word Clouds app
  5. Adjust colors, etc
  6. Add as an image to printed message
  7. Email thank you note.

Cloud types assessment


  1. Find and save images of clouds
  2. Create quiz and add images of clouds
  3. Send quiz to students
  4. View real time results
  5. Get spreadsheet of all answers for data analysis
  6. Get individual student pdf for grading and sharing

Data analysis of test


  1. Show students graphs of test scores
  2. Send Quick Question “What does the data show?” to students
  3. Student teams discuss and type in their thoughts
  4. Project teacher screen onto SMARTboard using airserver (this pic is the report you get later; I didn’t think to take a screenshot)
  5. Discuss common themes in analysis.

Exit ticket

exit ticket

  1. Just send Exit Ticket to students.
  2. Give them question #3 on board.
  3. Used after the unit intro to see what questions they still had.
  4. Results in real time and printed later.

But I only have 6 iPads……

  • Have students give quick answer, submit and then pass the iPad
  • Have student teams discuss ideas and then write one down
  • Take a sample of the class. Using some one day and then some the next
  • Have an alternate activity while some are on the iPad.
  • Get keyboards…they type faster that way
  • Borrow iPads from another teacher who is not using them 😀

Try Socrative, you’ll like it!


Using iMovie in the Social Studies Classroom

In Social Studies, we have been busy producing iMovies about early explorers.  Groups of students chose an explorer to research.   They spent several days finding information about their explorer’s life and discoveries.  Then they planned their iMovie.  The only objectives I had for the video was to include all the information from the research sheet and a time limit…and BOOM—off went the creativity of fifth graders.  I have videos that are reenactments of the explorer and the discoveries they made.  I also have videos that are newscasts where a news team is interviewing the explorer.  It was an incredible thing to watch how much they actually did learn while researching come through in the iMovie.

Some of the explorers students created iMovies about are:

Marco Polo

Francisco Pizzarro

Christopher Columbus

Ferdinand Magellan

John Smith

Hernando Cortez

Ponce De Leon

James Cook

Humphrey Gilbert

Entry by Mrs. Musick, 5th grade

Missouri Grade Level Expectation (GLE):Outline the discovery, exploration, and early settlement of America

“One Best Thing” Book Study & Jigsaw

Recently the SOTO Tech Team submitted a proposal to the School of the Osage School Board recommending technology improvements for the entire district. You can read more about the proposal here. <—-click the word!

A part of that recommendation included replacing the 5th grade laptops with iPads. In turn, our laptops will then be reissued at the high school. Each 5th grade classroom will have 6 student iPads and one teacher iPad.

Because all seven of us are new to having iPads in our classrooms, we are jumping in headfirst and learning the most we can about using iPads effectively for our instruction. One way we are learning together is through a Jigsaw of the “One Best Thing” collection in the iBooks store. “One Best Thing” iBooks are written by Apple Distinguished Educators. Apple describes the collection of books: “Discover innovative classroom strategies and activities in these Multi-Touch books by Apple Distinguished Educators. Each guide in the One Best Thing collection highlights a specific use of Apple products, apps, and other content to transform teaching and learning. From effective assessment practices to exciting student projects, this professional learning series – devised by outstanding educators – provides practical tips and a lot of inspiration.”

As a group, we have selected which book (or books!) we would like to read and share the information on. The summary and information collected from each “One Best Thing” book will be posted on our blog.

Stay tuned!

APPally Ever After!

Our library is now the proud owner of TWO iPads!

Source: Apple Store

The bulk of our non-meeting was centered around establishing the purpose for the iPads in the library. We settled on making a list of apps for teacher use and student use. It’s quite overwhelming once you get started.

Apps to Consider:

  • iMovie
  • Haiku Deck
  • GoAnimate
  • Vine
  • Vimeo
  • Flickr (a challenge below!!)
  • Book Creator Free
  • Fluency Apps (ex: Read with Me)
  • Scholastic News
  • Motion Math
  • Sushi Monster
  • Concentration
  • States Games

The plan from here is to start loading apps on the iPads that can be used for both teachers and students. As we add apps, I will update the blog with suggestions for using these apps/programs in your classroom.  Pam will be with the gatekeeper of apps, if you have a suggestion for an app you would like to use/try – run the idea past Pam!

For example, with iMovie students can shoot film, edit, and publish a video to YouTube quite quickly!  It’s very user friendly and won’t give you  that MovieMaker-headache we’ve all endured at one time or another.

A few app-related resources to check out:

12 Apps for Every Elementary iPad

50 Fab Apps (Scholastic)

When Considering Math Apps

Lastly, I have a challenge for you.

If you choose to accept it…

We spent a chunk of our non-meeting discussing using Flickr in the classroom. Shaundra shared information and classroom application strategies regarding Flickr from a professional development conference. Melanie shared how she and Merrie would like to use Flickr to introduce photo-a-day challenges. The question is… how? That’s where my challenge comes in – I challenge you to test our Flickr with your students in some way, shape, or form. For example, I’m going to piggy back off of Mel and Merrie’s idea with the field trip and have my students snap photos with their smart phones on our field trip next week and add to our “group” Flickr.

That being said… I’m still figuring out the kinks with Flickr as of 8:32 this morning.

(This gif describes accurately my thoughts about Flickr right now…)

Here’s what I’ve narrowed down:

  • You need an account to join Flickr (you can start one through Yahoo, Google, or Facebook)
  • Per advice from a fellow Twitter user, it’s best to create a “group” in your account for students to add to.
  • Another suggestion: have students put picture taken in a common place and have one master uploader to Flickr at school

So, there you have it folks! A little run down of our Tech Tidbits non-meeting. I’m excited to see where these new tools take us. Keep me in the loop of your Flickr experimentation!


No Foolin’ Here

First, I’m asking you to trust me and bookmark this link:

That was like a crazy trust exercise. {Frozen} gifs!

Our Tech Tidbits session was filled with great conversation and collaboration. Keep reading to find out more! (Maybe I can find a way to include more Frozen gifs too)

Google Drive Add Ons

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How do you use it? If you’ve jumped on the bandwagon of using Google Drive (Google Docs) for personal or educational use, you may find these new tools quite handy. When you’ve created a new document or spreadsheet, you have the opportunity to download “Add Ons”. My interpretation of this is making Google Drive similar to Microsoft Office. Some of the add ons include: voice translation, diagram maker, chart makers, mindmapping, and highlighting tools. There’s even a Signature add on! No more faxing documents back and forth to get a signature. You can sign from your computer! Erin shared with the group how she is using MindMeister with her strategic team. Once you download/install an add on to your Google Drive account – it’s there to stay (or we think so…). Let me know if you try out some add ons!


How do you use it? As the video describes above, Symbaloo is a visual way to collect all of your favorite links in bookmarks in one easily accessible location. Karrie is currently using this as her classroom webpage. Check it out here:  We spent the majority of our time clicking around and finding out how Symbaloo works and stumbling upon oodles of great “webmixes” created by other teachers around the country.  You do not have to have an account to explore Symbaloo, but if you do have an account you can choose between an EDU account or a regular one.  I signed up for an EDU account during our session. With an EDU account, your Symbaloo is automatically loaded with popular educational websites (Khan Academy, Edmodo, Skype, Moodle, etc.) that are updated frequently. Below you will see a screenshot of my SymbalooEDU homepage. I haven’t added any of my own links (yet), but I’m excited to get started!

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Lastly, Karrie has created a Symbaloo for our school PD resources. The link I shared earlier – see? That trust exercise is coming full circle now.  She’s been collecting links and documents sent electronically post staff meetings and adding those to a Symbaloo for us all to use. The links Merrie and Anna sent out last week are bookmarked and ready for you at this link:

Until next time!