Our school has often looked into getting clickers. Unfortunately they can be quite expensive. Some of the teachers have put it before me to see if I could find alternative technologies. After searching I discovered Socrative and Infuse Learning as the primary two resources. Having used both in my class now I am not overly excited about either one. Both have their flaws and challenges. Socrative seems to be improving the most recently with their I-pad app. When I used Infuse Learning last my students enjoyed it. I had them answer the questions during class time. I projected the results on the board so they could have immediate feedback. It was really a contest in the end. Nonetheless, in order to use Infuse learning you must have the quiz up and running on the teacher computer otherwise the students can’t log in. There are some other options, which have less potential, but better stability.
Quizlet would be a good example of a more stable resource. Quizlet is excellent for building vocabulary. It has games to play and practice quizzes. Of course it is free as well. You can even embed these games onto your class website – which I found super handy.
Honestly, kidblog is still up there as one of my favorites. Posting a blog post and having students comment their responses seems preferable.
It’s nice that other students can’t see their peers responses until I have checked them.