Plickers can help teachers revamp exit tickets and daily class openers; students will start or end class in a meaningful, engaging manner so long as the teacher creates insightful, thoughtful questions. Give students the autonomy to create questions to be used for quick reviews of information or texts. Preview upcoming materials to gain footing on where to start the unit. Test-drive quiz and exam questions as a litmus test for summative assessments. Need a little pick-me-up in class discussion or behavior? Create brain-stretch questions to jump-start the class.
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Plickers is a rapid-response classroom-polling app that uses paper cards rather than mobile devices for student responses. There are iOS and Android apps as well as a web interface.
To conduct a poll, a teacher creates a question and projects it on-screen. Students hold up their custom response cards (each card is different), turning the cards in different orientations to indicate their answers (one side up for A, another side up for B, and so on). The teacher holds up a device (such as an iPad or Android device) and scans students' responses, which are recorded. Responses can be automatically projected on a screen in the classroom, and teachers can track each student's responses over time. Teachers can organize questions and mobile uploads into folders, creating handy question queues. Plickers also offers a Scoresheet, where student responses are collected; these responses can be color-coded and referenced for further instructional decisions per class or individual student.
Plickers can be a valuable polling tool for teachers with limited tech in their classrooms. There's something delightfully clever about its simplicity: Make sure each student has an assigned card, use a device to scan responses, and go from there. That simplicity has its limitations, of course. Responses depend on teachers physically scanning student responses, so if that system breaks down, it's hard to adapt. Additionally, the website allows teachers to create questions with text and images that offer multiple-choice or true/false response. Teachers have to add their own value as much as possible, crafting high-quality questions that provoke analysis and inquiry.
Overall, Plickers addresses the critical need for teachers to rapidly get a sense of students' progress and adjust accordingly. This tool shines in its ability to not place spotlights on nervous students who wouldn't normally respond in class discussions; the teacher can produce a less intimidating assessment that would still allow for interventions as needed. It's not the flashiest rapid-response tool out there, but it could be a useful and engaging tool in a teacher's arsenal for classes that need a little extra push to participate.