For the last two years I've been using a fun way to engage students in class listening sessions/discussions of student compositions. We know that listening to and talking about each student's composition during class time can lead to important moments of insights for all students in the class. These listening sessions also allow for teachers to highlight the best work for all to see.
To make these listening sessions fun and engaging for students I use the free web app Socrative.
Socrative is arguably the best web app for creating real-time student engagement. It is super easy to use, works on every device (browsers, iPads, iPhones etc) and is absolutely free!
As the entire class is listening to the Noteflight score being played on the smartBoard each student is responding to questions on their laptop or iPad. I am controlling the questions so as the teacher I can focus on certain important concepts.
The way I use it is as follows:
I decide on the main concept for which I'd like my students to be listening. For example, if the assignment due for class was on creating different textures. I might start with a simple "yes" or "no" question asking the class to choose if this composer has used all three textures in their piece (homophony, polyphony and monophony).
After students respond I switch over to my Teacher view of the Socrative quiz which displays the way the class answered. Kids love this! It's a way for me to see who is getting it.
Then I'll follow up with a short answer question asking students to make helpful comments for the composer about anything in their piece. Again I'll display the Socrative answers on the classroom screen. I can also show the name of each student as a way to question that student about anything they wrote.
With one click I can download the results of the quiz and then email it to the composer of the piece we listen to. Now the composer has a large amount of feedback on her piece!
Nuts and Bolts
-Have your students log in at b.socrative.com as this will take them directly to the option to "Join a Class"
-Leave your individual classroom number displayed somewhere. Students enter this number as the way to join your class.
-Students should then enter their first name and wait for the quiz to start.
Template Quizzes for You!
To help you get started we have created a number of Socrative template quizzes that you can quickly and easily import into your Socrative home. Simply copy and paste the quiz codes below into the "Import Quiz" option under the Manage Quizzes section:
Template Quiz Codes
Listening for Articulations and Dynamics ---- Copy this Quiz Code: SOC-1269471
Listening for Texture ---- Copy this Quiz Code: SOC-19292513
Listening for Consonance and Dissonance ---- Copy this Quiz Code: SOC-19303156
Listening for the Main Melody ---- Copy this Quiz Code: SOC-19303277
Listening to Form ------- Copy this Quiz Code: SOC-19333066
General Listening Review ---------Copy this Quiz Code: SOC-19333114