# Response to :The Epic BYOD Toolchest

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You can find the article I am responding to here: http://edut.to/1mWlo1w

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher offers an immediately useful set of resources for any teacher trying to incorporate technology into the classroom. I particularly appreciated that the tools were broken down into categories.

Here are my experiences with a few of the tools listed:

Socrative: I haven’t had the opportunity to use this in the classroom, but I have played with it a bit. I made an order of operations quiz. When I was making the quiz I added several spelling variations for my short answer. I also created some multiple choice that I thought would be like a select all that apply. When I logged in on my second device as a student, the app based whether the answer was right or wrong on the first choice selected. This made for multiple right answers.

Here was my question: The following are examples of grouping symbols:

A. above and below a fraction bar

B. exponents

C. parenthesis ( )

D. multiplication

E. brackets [ ] or { }

I intended the right answer to be A, C, and E.

The only work around I can think of is using the optional explanation feature. I could type in the explanation field “above and below a fraction bar, parenthesis, and brackets are all examples of grouping symbols” and this text will display after the student answers the question.

I tried this quiz as a student paced and as a “space race”. I can see the space race working in a scenario where there is a limited number of devices in a room. The class could be split into teams with one device per team. In a limited device scenario I might want to project the questions on the board so that all students can see them at the same time and then make a rule that the team must agree on the answer before they enter it. If I was doing teacher paced I might ask a team member to defend their answer after each question.

I also like the opportunity to ask a single question. This make Socrative ideal for quick checking for understanding. If you have a 1:1 program you can use Socrative instead of whiteboards and never have to worry about markers drying out or students writing too small for me to read.