Plickers- Fast, Formative, and Fun
Plucky students need immediate feedback and academic based intervention. Effective teachers implement a gradual release of responsibility. But “I do”, “We do”, “They do”, and “You do” methodology requires the teacher to have a pulse on student learning. How do teachers collect accurate data on student learning in the middle of a lesson? The district has purchased Poll Everywhere, which is great if your school is 1:1 but what if your school hasn’t gone that route yet? What if you want to use technology to collect data but don’t have it on site yet?
Here is an option.
Try Plickers. It works in conjunction with www.Plickers.com. Using only card per student and one teacher hand-held device, students respond to a questions and teacher’s collect answers by student in by scanning the room. A bar graph appears on the device as well as student by student responses. It’s that easy. I know this isn’t very “Common Core” but it is good practice to let academic achievement drive instruction.
- Add your questions with multiple choice answers into your library. Don’t choose the right answer if you want to mirror the question to the board. (If you do not plan to mirror the question, you can mark the answer.)
- Assign a specific student to a specific card for later review or record keeping.
- Print cards. Cards are free to print and come in different sizes. I printed them on paper and copied them onto card stock. They can be stored in a plastic sleeve within student binders. I have a set in a binder for the occasional student who forgets their binder outside of class. Each card has a unique shape that can be recognized by your phone’s camera much like a QR code. Along the outer edge of each shape is an A, B, C, and D.
- Download the application at Plickers onto your mobile device. This is also available on android devices.
- Later, open your library and mirror the question to your class.
- Ask students to take out their card and think about their personal answer. The card should be removed from the plastic sleeve to reduce light distorting the image. Once an answer is decided upon, have them hold the card up without covering the code or the letter. The response at the top of the card (A, B, C, or D) will be the answer that registers to Plickers.
- Click “scan” on the iPhone. Point the camera at student responses and see the results show up on your screen in real time.
- Option 2: Don’t have time nor a desire to make a library of questions? Want to work on the “fly”? No problem! Enter a prompt such as “Look at the list on the board” or “Listen as the teacher states the question”. List responses on the board and repeat steps 5 and 6.
- Use real data to drive instruction.