How I Use It
I have started using Plickers in my classroom to replace one or two daily warm ups that my students usually complete in the warm-up section of their notebooks each week. Plickers has allowed myself as a teacher to receive effective formative assessment results, that I might not have otherwise received from their notebooks. For example, in my Geometry class, I will create five multiple choice or true/false questions that the students will be able to respond using their Plickers. I can immediately see which of my students may be struggling with the material, choosing to display or not display the results to the entire class. The bar graph of tallied answers allows students to see who selected what answer, which sparks conversation of why an incorrect answer may have been selected. For math, it is not always easy to create questions that are easy to type with the QWERTY keyboard. However, the website does allow you to input pictures/screen clippings, that has been useful for math questions. I can see this website/app being very user friendly for all subjects, especially since you are able to insert pictures and screen clippings into the question prompt.
I have found Plickers to be very successful in the classroom. My students continue to ask, "When are we using the Plickers again?" The students enjoy that it is an interactive activity, and the app allows for a spark of friendly competition within the classroom . The use of Plickers in the first ten minutes of class gets my students engaged immediately in the material, but it also has helped me receive better feedback than a normal style warm-up. Sometimes the app takes awhile to load, and it will stay frozen on the Live View page. But for most of times that I have used it, it has been able to load all of my questions that were a part of the queue for the class. The website/app were very easy to learn and user friendly from the start. I was very excited to be able to add a class roster, instead of typing all names individually to create classes. However, it is also very easy to adjust classes at any time. The use of folders in the library section has also helped me be able to stay very organized with the two different classes and the different questions that I am creating on the site. I would definitely recommend the use of Plickers in any classroom, and at any level. Your students will be amazed by the technology of the app, and be left wanting to use it more.