I find a lot of great tools, many of which I never get to use in my own classroom. Plickers happened to be one of those tools. I was prepared to use them - I even had the cards printed out - but I just didn't have the right opportunity. Luckily for me, I had an awesome colleague ask me for a recommendation for a review tool for an upcoming science test. I happily set her up with Plickers and gave her my set to use. She tells me it was a great success, and we even got a math teacher on board to try it out too!
So, what is Plickers?
Plickers allows teachers to collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices - only a teacher device is needed. You print out a very simplified QR-type of card (example below) to give to each student. My colleagues laminated their cards for stability to use over and over, especially in middle school!
One really cool feature for teachers is the back-end data you collect from the students' responses. Each question is graphed as a class total with each student's response recorded as well. Imagine the possibilities!
I think Plickers is a great review tool, a great exit ticket tool, and just an overall great tool. How could you use it in your classroom?
Until next time...