Saturday, November 1, 2014

Integrate Technology into your Lessons!

I love having technology at my fingertips and I am so blessed to be at a school that is technologically rich. Our PTO is amazing and has allowed us to purchase a wide range of tech devices. I am lucky enough to have a SMART board in my office as well as several iPads and Chromebooks. I use technology frequently when in counseling sessions with individuals and groups and for data collection.

My newest venture was to use student devices during a counseling lesson. I wanted to gauge how well my students understood the concept I was teaching (the differences between bullying, teasing, mean, and rude). I used a website called Socrative. I was able to set up a "quiz" to check for understanding. Every student had a galaxy tablet (reserved from our Library Media Center). I set the quiz to teacher paced so I could stop at each question and have a discussion. I also disabled student names because I had it displayed on the SMART Board. I could have a quiz with student names and not have it displayed so I could use it more as an assessment rather than discussion. Reports are available to view/print/email).

The students LOVED being able to use the tablets and it was a fun way to get them all engaged. Of course there are always glitches when using technology so we also had a teachable moment to "just roll with it"........2 lessons in one! If you have a tech lab, you could easily take a class there for a lesson.

If you are looking for a new twist on pre and post tests or just a way to do a quick check of understanding, I highly recommend using this site. If you try it out, please post below and let us know how you used it!

PS. I am sorry since it has been so long since I have posted...I will try to be better!


  1. I love this idea for next year's lessons. I will be going into the classrooms instead of classes coming to my office. Do you set up a different 'room' for each teacher??

  2. Quick question, trying to set up my classes into rooms. Went to the Socrative website to find out how and found the following

    At this time, we only allow 1 classroom per account. If you would like multiple rooms you will need to create and manage multiple Socrative accounts.

    So my question is did you set up multiple accounts to get the different rooms??

    1. Hmmm...I don't remember. I will have to play with it and get back to you.

  3. Have you ever looked into Kahoot? I am going to use it this year. It is so much fun!