Betsy O'Day came into my office at the beginning of the school year, excited about an available app. This app is called Plickers, and it can be great for classrooms that have limited technology, but still boosts student engagement!
This is a great FREE app if you don't have a clicker system in the classroom. We know how expensive those systems are, so it is hard to purchase them for all classrooms. This solution allows the teacher to print out cards that have a code similar to a zoomed-in QR (quick response) code. A card may look like this:
There are different cards that have different designs, which lessons the chances of a student copying someone's answers. Each side is assigned a letter, A, B, C, D, and these are the answers to questions you create on the Plickers website. You form classes, assigning each student a number. They should get these cards and use them each time they are in class. Recommendations I have seen include having students tape them in a notebook they always bring to class. Or if you want to reuse the cards for multiple classes, leave them at the desks. One teacher tried laminating them, but the glare caused problems when it came to scanning.
The scanning is done by your phone or other mobile device with 3G, 4G, or WiFi accessibility. You have the app on your phone and then when the students answer the questions, they hold up their cards. From anywhere in the room, you should be able to scan their cards. You do not have to walk up to each card and do it. It can scan multiple cards at a time.
If you have a projector, you can show these results in real time. It will show who got the answers correct and incorrect. It will also show if you were unable to scan their card. Hello, formative assessment!
Need help using this amazing tool?? Ask me, and I will come help! This is free for Android and for Apple!
Check out this Getting Started page and How-To video by Jennifer Zurawski!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom