Thursday, February 19, 2015

No Devices? No Problem!

Hello everyone!  We have been busy around the district helping teachers to find fun and interactive ways to use technology in their classrooms, and I wanted to share a clear favorite among the staff!

If you've been hearing people talking about Plickers, there's good reason.  Plickers (like "clickers" but with a P because you just need paper) is an interactive formative assessment tool to use in the classroom that doesn't require that students have devices.  Instead, each student has a card that looks something like this:
As you can see, there is a number 1 on each corner.  That is to identify the student, so every time they come to class they use the number 1 card.  The letters are for choosing their answer.  If they want to answer A, they hold their card with A at the top, and so on.  The questions are designed by you on the website.  

But how, you may ask, do I gather their answers? 

As long as you have a smartphone or ipad, all you need to do is download the plickers app, log in, and you are ready to go.  The app has a built in camera that will instantly scan the room and show live student results on the computer.  If you can't wrap your head around it, check out this video! It really is as cool as it sounds!

Get instant feedback from your students with Plickers!  It works great as part of a lesson, a quick check in, or as an exit ticket!

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