What is Plickers?
The website is incredibly easy to navigate, and I was able to sign-up, input my class, and begin using it all in the same day. It honestly took me about 30 minutes from beginning to being ready to use it, which is pretty miraculous in my book.
How to Use Plickers
To get started, you simply go the to Plickers website and sign-up in the top right hand corner. It is completely free, and requires very little information.
Next, you add your class which is as easy as naming it. You can have multiple class, so if you are departmentalized it is easy to keep them separate.
After assigning your students to a number, you print the cards. I chose to print two to a paper, but they offer several different options. The REALLY great thing about these cards are that they have a number specific code. SO, if you have multiple classes, you still only have to have one set of cards, because whoever you assigned to be #1 in each class would have the same code.
Tips for Success
A couple of tips for the cards:
-print them on cardstock for durability
-do NOT laminate them, as the sheen can cause it to be difficult to read
You are now ready to make your own questions, which could not be easier. You simply type in your question and answer choices, and mark the correct answer. It does give you the option to allow multiple correct answers on a given question. Remember to hit save after each question, and it will ask you which class you would like to add the question to.
Ready to go now? I projected the questions using one of my Chromebooks onto the screen and read it to my students.
With your smartphone you open the app, select the question, and walk around the room scanning. I was thoroughly impressed with how quickly it picks up the codes. A little bar appears with the student’s name as it scans each code to let you know it got it. I was able to pick up students from the other side of the room.
Make sure for this your overhead lights are on. We found that when we turned them off it didn’t work. Additionally, any students that were sitting near the projector (ours are not mounted on the ceiling) had to face away from the projector in order for their code to be read.
Using the Data from Plickers
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