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Exit Tickets – Check-in on the Way Out

| Ed-Tech | by Ben Berte

The precious minutes of class are quickly ticking away and, as always, you have another class directly afterwards. Looking for an efficient way to gather end of class feedback and have it organized for you? Exit Tickets are your solution! An Exit Ticket is a quick check exercise that takes place in the last five…

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3 Easy Ways to Introduce Socrative – Baby Steps

| Ed-Tech | by Ben Berte

The introduction of a new technology can sometimes bring feelings of trepidation and fear. It can be scary.  But no need to worry, let’s embrace Bill Murray’s mantra from What about Bob “baby steps”. With these 3 recommendations, you and your students can gain comfort, maintain a positive attitude and make the most of your…

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Fun Socrative Quizzes for Space Races

| Ed-Tech | by Ben Berte

Here is a list of quizzes we like to use for contests, demos and trainings. Enjoy! To learn how to access these quizzes from Socrative’s Quiz Bank, click here. 80’s Trivia (20 multiple choice questions) SOC-12173811 Ideal for Space Race Valuable to show how you switch from Rockets to data, select VIEW CHART on Reports pop-up…

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New to Socrative? Get Your Feet Wet with a Simple Activity!

| Ed-Tech | by Ben Berte

Trying a new technology can feel a bit like the first day of school – you’re excited by all the possibilities, but nervous that you won’t get along with your new classmate! Take some of the pressure off by using one of these quick and reliable Socrative activities to get started:  Use a Multiple Choice…

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Space Race vs. Other Classrooms and Schools

| Ed-Tech | by Ben Berte

Space Races are fun, engaging activities that foster friendly competition in the classroom. But why limit it to just your classroom? How about: A Space Race against other classes within your school? A Space Race against classes in the US? A Space race against classes all over the world? It’s quite simple! Here’s how: Identify…

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3 Engaging Uses of Open Response Questioning

| Ed-Tech | by Ben Berte

One of our favorite features is Quick Question – Short Answer. With a few quick clicks, you can use short answer to ask a question, then gather, visualize and discuss a whole class’ open responses. You could even have students vote on the responses! Here are some ideas to get started. 1. Gather Student Questions…

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4 Fun and Reflective Activities to End the School Year!

| Ed-Tech | by Ben Berte

The end of the school year is filled with mixed emotions: excitement for the impending freedom of summer, and sadness about the culmination of a great class and a great year. Use these final school days to connect with your classroom in fresh ways, and reflect on the school year behind you in order to…

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Helping Students Explore Ideas and Make a Stance – Compass Points

| Ed-Tech | by Ben Berte

Light Bulb Thinking Routines are a constant source of interest and excitement as I explore Socrative use cases. In this particular occasion, I was seeking a routine to help students evaluate current events, political decisions, and school policies. How could we structure a way to help students explore the topic and then eventually formulate arguments…

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Students as Teachers – Designers of Weekly Activities

| Instructional content | by Ben Berte

Start this month by discussing with students your ‘Do Now’ questions and make explicit your daily goals. Shift the responsibility to your students while supporting them as they create the check-in activity. Goals Help start class with an engaging activity. empower students to design, evaluate and reflect about a student check-in activity. foster a more…

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Making Thinking Visible – Headlines Routine

| Ed-Tech | by Ben Berte

Project Zero, an educational research group at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, has been working to enhance student learning, thinking and creativity since the 1960s. Founded by the philosopher Nelson Goodman, it’s impacted global education and been guided by such education luminaries as Howard Gardner and David Perkins. Utilizing its core concepts and adding a…

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