Teacher Review For Plickers

Neat low-tech formative assessment tool

Mara G.
Classroom teacher
Greenbush-Middle River Senior High School
Greenbush, MN
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My Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects World Languages
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Practice
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Plickers is a rapid-response formative assessment tool that doesn't use student technology. It is perfect for a teacher that wants to use tools like Socrative, Poll Everywhere, Google Forms, etc., but doesn't have student devices. I have used it for warm-ups, exit tickets, and general assessment during class. Students each have their own card/code and hold it a certain direction for their choice of answers A, B, C or D, while the teacher takes one photo of the class using the Plinkers app. As with any paper-dependent activity, if students misplace their cads, it will not work. I keep them in a file and they pick up their card at the beginning of class and return it at the end.
My Take
It does take some time to set up, and some time to "Teach" students how to use it, but the payoff in time saved later will be worth it to most teachers. I like that the students don't know how others are answering, and I like the instant feedback. As with most quick-response tools, you are limited to objective questions and answers. Also, at this time, there is limited ability to import class lists or share questions with peers. According to the website, enhancement are in the works. It is definitely a tool worth investigating if you are looking for paperless quick assessments but are limited by the number of personal devices in your classroom. I used it with middle-grade students but in my opinion, it could be used K-12, with younger students just needing a little more practice at holding the card correctly.