Teacher Review for Plickers

Low-Tech, Instant-Polling is an instant hit among middle school students!

Andrew Z.
Classroom teacher
Junior High School 88 Peter Rouget
Brooklyn, United States
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My Subjects Math, Science
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Practice
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Plickers is a Low-Tech, instant-assessment tool that can be used with a wide variety of ages, learning styles and literacies. Plickers allows a teacher to gather instant assessment data using only a smartphone and printed cards that allow students to answer multiple choice questions. It can be used to drive student participation, complete checks for understanding, and to gather in-the-moment assessment data for any content area.
My Take
I believe this tool is truly special because it provides a low-tech version of a service that is typically only available in 1-to-1 classroom environments. In its execution it delivers a speedy, lag free experience that [almost] instantaneously delivers assessment data to the computer which allows it to be visualized for students instantly. It's biggest limitation is philosophical, namely that it restricts the educator to multiple choice questions. In addition, I found difficulty adding images to questions in a seamless manner. Overall this tool is excellent for resource-deprived environments and can be a big win for teachers and students in low income schools.