Plickers

I must admit – Plickers is one of the coolest tools I have seen used in the classroom. It was introduced to us at the Professional Development Day I mentioned in my homepage, where we played the game first-hand. It would be an excellent tool to implement in a primary or intermediate classroom.

I won’t go into too much detail, but it is another tool used for multiple choice questions. As seen in the photo below, each student is given a piece of paper with a QR code. All you have to do is set up your class list and the program assigns a unique code to each student. The codes look like this:

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What each code has in common is the letters “A, B, C, D” on each of the four sides. You can take a closer look below:

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In the program, you can design your own questions with multiple choice answers A, B, C or D. Students then hold their code up with the letter associated with their answer on top of the code. In the Plickers app, as pictured in the header on this page, the teacher holds their phone up and “scans” the codes around the room, simply moving their phone in until they see that all have been scanned. The class results then show up on the projector screen.

Teachers find this tool extremely effective for quick checks for understanding throughout lessons to tailor their lessons accordingly.  See how this teacher uses it in her math class in the short video here. Notice how quick her assessment data is collected, and how the data is projected on the screen.

More information on Plickers as well as Frequently Asked Questions on the tool are available at www.plickers.com.

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