A little while ago the very popular instant response app Socrative announced the introduction of a much requested new feature: the ability to add images to quizzes (and gradable short answers) and after a little bit of bug fixing it is now fully up and running. Here’s a quick look at how to do it on a PC/Mac and how to do it using only your iPad. There are probably lots of other ways to do this, but since I haven’t written a blog post in a long time this seemed a sensible opportunity to share my methods.
Signing up for access to the new features
Sadly the new features don’t just appear automatically, you have to complete your teacher profile first – remember to enter the email address you signed up to Socrative with and your account will be upgraded with the new features as if by magic.
How to create and insert images for a Socrative quiz on a PC/Mac
Let’s assume that you haven’t actually got any images to insert into your Socrative quiz yet – or you have but they are in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.
1) Create/open your quiz in PowerPoint or Keynote ensuring that each question has its own slide (see example below).
2) Select ‘File’ then ‘Save as’ – if you have the option to ‘Save as Pictures’ this will save you a step.
3) Depending on the version of PowerPoint/Keynote you are running, you may need to select ‘Other Formats’ to access the alternative file formats. Select ‘Format’ or ‘Save as type’ and scroll down to select JPEG, then select ‘Save’. You may then be offered the chance to save all of the slides in your presentation as JPEGs or only the current slide.
5) Select ‘Manage Quizzes’ and ‘Create a Quiz’. When you select your question type you should now see the option to ‘Add Image’ below the question box. Select the ‘Add Image’ option, browse for your JPEG file and insert it into your quiz!
Of course, you could do all of this on your iPad…
1) Create your quiz using Keynote following the ‘single slide per question’ rule as above. NOTE: you don’t have to use Keynote, any iPad app that allows you to save as a PDF (e.g. Explain Everything, Pages, Notability) would also work for you here.
2) There are two options I have found useful here:
- Switch Keynote to fullscreen mode and take a screenshot of each slide that you would like to insert into your quiz, automatically saving your required images to the camera roll
- If you have lots of slides to import into your quiz, it may be quicker to export your file as a PDF to another app. If you select to export as a PDF to DocScanHD, you will then be able to export the entire PDF as multiple image files to your camera roll (see image)
3) Open the Socrative app and select ‘Manage Quizzes’ and ‘Create a Quiz’ as before. When you select your question type you should now see the option to ‘Add Image’ below the question box. Select the ‘Add Image’ option, ‘Choose Existing’ and insert the required image from your camera roll. Job done.
Please get in touch if you have any other ways of making these new Socrative features work for you.