Plickers is an exciting app which can be used to revolutionise the classroom.
As a teacher, you need to sign up to Plickers and register your class one pupil at a time. Whilst this can take about half an hour, it only has to be done once. After you’ve done this, open the app and sign-in using the same details as the website.
Click onto your class and click the + icon to add a question. Then, simply enter your question and select which response is correct (either A, B, C or D or True or False) and enter the possible answers into the fields below.
It sounds a lot more complicated and time-consuming than it actually is as it literally takes about 2 minutes to ask a question and enter multiple answers.
You then broadcast the question on the screen (doesn’t have to be on Plickers it can simply be on Word) and ask the children hold up their card, with the letter they think corresponds with the correct answer, facing upwards.
This saves both time and paper as you can use the same card every day but I recommend laminating it so it doesn’t get ruined.
Press the camera icon and scan the room and you will receive a list of children who have the answer correct and incorrect, as well as a graph showing the amount of correct answers.
You can see an example of the card on the right.
When you register a student, they will be allocated a number and a card which has this number (circled in blue.) The system will scan their card and associate their name with that number, so it’s important they only use their own card so you receive accurate data.
As you can see, there is a letter on each side of the card (circled in red.) If children hold the card with the letter A facing upwards, then the Plickers app will scan this as their answer – any other letter facing upwards will be read as the answer.
This is a useful tool to use in mathematics as it works best with closed questions. However, it’s also an excellent AFL tool as (by setting A to understood, B to almost there and C to need more help) you have a record of who needs more help in a specific area. You can then revisit this area, allowing the children to make more progress.